Florence H. Tunkel née Goldblatt, passed away on November 3rd after a long illness. She was born on November 11, 1927, the fourth of twelve children to Sophye and Adolph Goldblatt. After graduating from Newark State Teachers College, she became a teacher in the Elizabeth, NJ school system where she was an admired and respected educator for over forty years. She married Sheldon Tunkel in 1948 and they remained together for 56 years until his death in 2005. She was a loving mother to Allan (Randy z’’l), Laura (Brent) and Bruce (Terry) and an adoring grandmother to Lindsay, Emily, Ashley, Shelby, Max, Ethan and Sam. In addition, Florence was an accomplished musician and cook. She also loved to paint, embroider, play games and solve the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle every week. She was renowned for her generosity and selflessness. Florence had a great sense of humor and was always on the lookout for a great joke. Donations can be made in her memory to Susan G. Komen Foundation, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation or the Autism Society of America. The next time you’re near a roulette table, drop a chip on 22 black, her signature bet.
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