Lillian Rosenstein Pugach

by | Jun 2, 2014 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Lillian Rosenstein Pugach passed away May 23, 2014, at her home in Virginia Beach at age 96.

Mrs. Pugach was born in Leicester, Mass. and lived in Englewood, N.J., for most of her adult life. She was a longtime member of Temple Emanuel in Englewood, N.J., a volunteer teacher with the first Headstart program there and the secretary of Hadassah.

She moved to Virginia Beach in 2001. She was a devoted member of Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach and Brith Sholom.

She is survived by her three children, Dianne Zeskind and her husband Dale of Wayland, Mass., Marleen Pugach and her husband William Rickards of Culver City, Calif., and Neil Pugach and his wife Monica Deitell of Virginia Beach; grandchildren Julie Zeskind and her husband Thomer Gil, Ben Zeskind and his wife Lisa Zeskind, Lev Rickards and his wife Negin Toosi, Anna Rickards, and Joseph Pugach. She is also survived by her beloved four great-grandchildren: Simon Gil, Hannah Gil, Noah Gil, and Taraz Rickards, as well as her loving nieces and nephews, her sister, Marcia Hart, her brother-in-law Harvey Janowitz and numerous dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Max Rosenstein, her brother, Sidney Rosenstein, and her husband, Paul Pugach, to whom she was married for 67 years.

Her strength of character, sense of humor and generosity of spirit touched everyone she knew, and she brought sunshine into their lives. Her memory will be cherished by her family, her Temple Emanuel family and her large, longstanding, loving group of friends.

A funeral was held at Temple Emanuel by Rabbi Marc Kraus. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. Memorial donations may be made to Hadassah or to Temple Emanuel in Virginia Beach. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Condolences may be made at