Libbie B. Kaplan

by | Feb 2, 2023 | Obituaries

Sarasota, Fla.—Libbie B. Kaplan passed away on Wednesday, January 25, in Sarasota, Florida. She was 96 years old.

Libbie was born on February 4, 1927 to Florence Brenner Bernstein and Isadore Bernstein in Lebanon, Pa.

She graduated from Newport News High School in 1943 and began college at William and Mary. While in College, she met her husband of 67 years, Norfolk native Albert Kaplan and they were married in 1947. Libbie later finished her college education at Old Dominion University and taught in the Norfolk City school system for over 25 years. Her first years were as a sixth-grade teacher. She soon finished her master’s in special education and began to float between several of the Norfolk elementary schools working with students who had learning difficulties in reading.

Her husband Albert died in 2013. They were predeceased by their daughter Janis who also taught elementary school for the Norfolk public schools.

Libbie is survived by a son, Jay, living in Jerusalem and two grandchildren, Shayna Kaplan of Atlanta, Ga. and Solomon Kaplan of Maryland, and a brother, Allan Bernstein of Baltimore.

Donations may be made to the Albert and Libbie Kaplan Scholarship Fund in Special Education at Old Dominion University, the Albert and Libbie Kaplan scholarship Fund in Special Education at the American Friends of Bar Ilan University, the Janis Kaplan Media Center at Hershorin Schiff Community Day School of Sarasota, Florida, or Beth Sholom Village, Virginia Beach, Va.

The funeral took place at Forrest Lawn Cemetery, King David’s Gardens III, Norfolk.

H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be offered to the family at