Becky Kahn

by | Oct 5, 2012 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Becky Kahn, a very proud Norfolk native, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at home.

She was born July 29, 1921 on Cooke Avenue, in the Brambleton section of Norfolk. She was the daughter of the late Gussie Heller Lubschutz and Edward B. Lubschutz and the youngest of the five Lubschutz girls. She was predeceased by her four older sisters, Sadie Ornoff, Ida Goldman, Margaret Hodor, and Frances Popkin.

Becky attended Henry Clay Elementary, Ruffner Junior High and Maury High School. She finished at Petersburg High School when the family located there for a short time. When she returned to Norfolk, she was a bookkeeper and secretary at Broudy Kanter Co. and always spoke well of her employment there. Becky had vivid memories of the Depression Era and could relate many sad stories of that day. She never forgot.

She married Leonard Kahn in 1940. Leonard was the love of her life for 65 years. When he was called into the service, Becky packed up Steven, their first-born son, and went with him. They traveled from pillar to post, literally, and lived in almost every state in the country.

Upon her husband’s return, she entered business with him and served as secretarytreasurer of Norfolk Auto Supply. After Leonard’s retirement, she helped her son, Edward maintain the business. Becky retired when the business was sold in 1992. She was always complimented for her know how of auto parts in a man’s world.

Becky had a fantastic memory. She loved popular and classical music and loved to sing. She spoke Yiddish fluently and loved the language, but lamented that it wasn’t used much these days. She was a past member and officer of B’nai Israel and was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple.

She was an early organizer of Planned Parenthood and continued to support it. She also was a member of the Hebrew Ladies Society, Brith Sholom Center, Hadassah, Beth Sholom Auxiliary and other national organizations.

Becky is survived by her wonderful sons, Steven Kahn and his wife, Eleanor, of Severna Park, Md. and Edward Kahn and his adoring wife Laura, whom Becky referred to as her loving daughter. She considered her two precious grandsons Alex and Peter, as life’s bonuses.

Funeral services were held at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin officiating. Becky was laid to rest next to her wonderful husband at Forest Lawn Cemetery. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

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