Jeanette Holtz Eisen

by | Aug 15, 2014 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Jeanette Holtz Eisen, 93, died on June 21, 2014 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Jeanette, whose parents emigrated from Russia to the United States, was born in Georgetown, Delaware on May 5, 1921. She was valedictorian of her class and captain of her basketball team in spite of being 5’2″. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and after World War II , married Mortimer Raymond “Buddy” Eisen on Feb. 3, 1946. They were married for 35 years, until Buddy’s death on June 22, 1981.

Residents of Norfolk since 1954, Jeanette was a long-time member of Hadassah and administrator of Temple Israel in the mid- ’80s. She was a refined lady, but could clean fish and shuck oysters with the best of them.

She was predeceased by her husband, Mortimer Raymond “Buddy,” her parents, Fannie and Harry Holtz; her brother, David, and her sister, Selma Sorkin.

She is survived by three children, Harriet, of New York, N.Y.; Robert, of Norfolk; and Susan, of Houston, Tex. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Faye Eisen of New York, N.Y., Michael Eisen of San Diego, Calif. and Georgette Salman of Houston, Tex., as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to M.D. Anderson-Kidney Cancer Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. Weymouth Funeral Home.