Norma Mary Golden, An Eye For Fashion:
When Norma Golden's husband, optometrist Dr. Donald L. Golden, opened his first office in 1946, he was a pioneer in contact lenses. In fact, he sold nothing else.
With Mrs. Golden's help, her husband's business became the Detroit Optometric Centers, which grew from its downtown Detroit office in the First National Building into today's "D.O.C" -- a chain of more than 100 optical stores in six states.
In the mid-1960s, the company began selling conventional eyeglasses as well as contacts. Designer frames were first marketed 10 years later, and Mrs. Golden became the company's buyer for the higher-end eyewear.
"It was her eye and her influence that really gave us the fashion edge," said son Richard S. Golden, current D.O.C president and CEO.
Mrs. Golden, a West Bloomfield resident, died Nov. 2, 2000 at age 83. In 1995, she battled against both breast and uterine cancer. A recurrence of uterine cancer last month caused her death.
D.O.C has been active in breast cancer awareness, sponsoring the "Yes Mamm" program in October that promotes early detection and brings mobile mammography units from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute to D.O.C mall locations.
Mrs. Golden was known for her fashion flair -- she once appeared on a local newspaper's "10 Best-Dressed" list. "When my mother walked into the room, she had a starlet quality about her," said her son. "She was very tall, with big blonde hair, designer suits -- always colorful and beautifully tailored."
When designer frames were first marketed in the 1960s, Mrs. Golden dealt with the frame manufacturers and traveled to shows, occasionally in Europe, to look at new styles. "She sought out the best lines and made sure that we had them first," said Richard Golden. She continued her purchasing role for nearly 20 years.
Mrs. Golden also kept an eye on the business end. As her husband remembers, "She had a very good sense of merchandising, how to sell to customers. She would always see if employees were doing the right thing -- if they were talking to the people properly.
"We had a wonderful life together," he added. "We were married 61 years. We were together all the time."
Richard Golden's wife, Shelley Golden, was very close to her mother-in-law. "Her soul and her spirit were so incredibly young," she said. "Norma just embraced life. Being with her was like being with a girlfriend my age. When we were together, we could giggle like two little schoolgirls.
"She had an incredible zest for life. To her, life was truly a celebration."
Norma Golden is survived by her husband, Dr. Donald L. Golden; sons and daughters-in-law Michael "Mickey" Golden of West Bloomfield, Richard and Shelley Golden of Bloomfield Hills, Randal and Susan Golden of Orchard Lake and grandchildren Bradley Golden, Aaron Dillon, Seth Golden, Jessica Golden, Jaclyn Golden, Jaynee Golden and Jenna Golden.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, 18831 W. 12 Mile Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076 or Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 370, Southfield, MI 48075. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
HENRY GOLDSMITH, 84, of Novi, died Nov. 2, 2000. He was an office manager at L & M Heating and Cooling.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Eileen and Stuart Eisenberg of West Bloomfield; son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Vicki Goldsmith of Novi; grandchildren, Kim Eisenberg, Randy Eisenberg, David and Darlene Goldsmith, Stacey and Paul Shimones; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Courtney and Robert Goldsmith and Ethan Shimones; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Phillip Edelheit, Barbara Goldsmith. He was the beloved husband of the late Sylvia Goldsmith.
Interment at Machpelah Cemetery. Contributions may be directed to Northwest Child Rescue Women or Hillel Day School. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ARTHUR GOLDBERG, 93, of West Bloomfield, died Oct. 28, 2000. He was a supervisor for the city of Detroit Corporate Council's Office.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Howard and Maria Goldberg of Bloomfield Hills; daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Steve Keys of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Bruce and Kay Goldberg, Steven Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Jason and Tammy Katz, Jeffrey Katz; great-grandchildren, Megan, Mark and Julie Goldberg and Hannah Katz. For 67 years, he was the beloved husband of the late Etta Goldberg.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be directed to Temple Shir Shalom, 3999 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
SOLOMON GOLD, 88, of Oak Park, died Oct. 8, 2000. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Seymour Cohen of Oak Park; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Sidney and Linda Blackman; grandchildren, Aaron and Linda Cohen, Marjorie and Craig Deschner, Jeff and Betsy Blackman, Marc and Jill Blackman, Debbie Blackman and fiancee Scott Emmer; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Joshua, Gabrielle, Matthew. Mr. Gold was the beloved husband of the late Myra Gold; loving father of the late Karen Blackman. Services and intermenty were held at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
EDYTHE A. FEINGOLD, 80, of Southfield, died Sept. 30, 2000. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Feingold of Southfield; niece and nephew, Morton and Phyllis Fane; great-nieces and nephews, Cyd and Gary Kellman, Bentley Fane, Zachary and Isabel Kellman. Graveside services were held at the Brith Shalom Cemetery in Roseville. Contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 18831 West 12 Mile Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
ROSE GOLD, 97, of Southfield, died Sept. 16, 2000. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Shiffman of West Bloomfield; son and daughter-in-law, Burt M. and Rosalie Gold of Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren, Gary and Lisa Shiffman, Audrey Shiffman and Peter Langmaid, Gail and Mark Hennes, Jeffrey and Connie Bradbury, Lisa and David Merenbach, Shelly and Mark Rubenfire and Denise Gold, Michael and Sharon Tyner and Rick and Sheila Tyner; and great-grandchildren, Matthew, Alex and Adam Shiffman, Elizabeth and Jessica Langmaid, Rina, Asher and Gila Hennes, Joslyn, Lance and Troy Bradbury, Danielle, Stephanie and Rachel Merenbach, Adam, Jason and Brett Rubenfire, Evan and Meg Tyner, Mallory and Gillian Tyner. Mrs. Gold was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Gold; the dear mother-in-law of the late Dr. Milton Shiffman and the loving sister of the late Sadie Itzkowitz, the late Clara Kleiman, the late Cantor Aaron Edgar, the late Dr. Irving Edgar and the late Tillie Knopper. Interment was at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Jewish Family Service, 24123 Greenfield Road, Southfield, MI 48075 and the Shiffman Education Fund at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Road, P.O. Box 2030, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-2030. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
MARIAM GOLDMAN, 100, of Farmington, died Sept. 13, 2000. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Max Snyder of Palm Desert, Calif.; grandchildren, Jan (Bob) Emmer, Karen Brenner, Jerry (Harriet) Goldman, Ken Snyder, Steve Snyder, Tina (Chris) Norton; and great-grandchildren, Jeff and Brian Emmer, Lori and Stacy Brenner, Philip, Erik and Brooke Goldman, Gregory and Alex Norton. She was the beloved wife of the late Fred Goldman and mother of the late Hy (the late Lucille) Goldman. Graveside services were held at Hebrew Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
JACK H. GOLD, formerly of Southfield of Coral Springs, Fla., died Aug. 29, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Miriam Gold; sons and daughters-in-law, marc and Barbara, Gary and Debby, Roy and Janet; grandchildren, Jared, Daryl, Bryan, Matthew, Michael and Lauren.
LEO GOLDENBERG, 79, of Farmington Hills, died Aug. 22, 2000. He was a member of Adat Shalom Synagogue, Craftsman Lodge F & AM and a former member of B'nai B'rith. Mr. Goldenberg is survived by his wife, Ellen Goldenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert and Barbie Goldenberg of Ann Arbor; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Larry Weintraub; grandsons, Steven and Michael Goldenberg. He was the dear brother of the late Norman Goldenberg. Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be directed to Karmanos Cancer Institute. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
DOROTHY FINEGOLD, 90, formerly of Farmington Hills of Atlanta, Ga., died July 25, 2000. Mrs. Finegold is survived by her sons, Marvin and Rodney Finegold; daughter, Arline Davis; daughters-in-law, Kathy Finegold and Priscilla Finegold; son-in-law, Joe Davis; grandchildren, Narrah Finegold, Paul and David Finegold, Steven Davis and Mark D'Agastino; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Shira and Alena Davis and Mallory D'Agastino. She was the beloved wife of the late William Finegold. Contributions may be made to the Make-a Wish Foundation or a charity of one's choice.
PAUL GOLDBERG, 55, of Detroit, died July 12, 2000. He was a mathematician and had a photographic memory. Mr. Goldberg graduated Henry Ford High School with honors and then attended Wayne State University, where he received his degree in accounting. He worked many years for Chrysler and loved cars and mechanics. He was an old-time movie buff and collector of old movies and audio tapes of musical scores. He is survived by his mother, Annette Goldberg of Detroit; sisters and brother-in-law, Judy and Paul Glassman of West Bloomfield, Cheryl Austel of Newhall, Calif. He was the beloved son of the late Irving Goldberg. Services and intermenty at the Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation, 30160 Southfield Road, Suite 119, Southfield, MI 48076 or to the American Diabetes Association, 30600 Telegraph Road, Suite 2255, Bingham Farms, MI 48025. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
JOSEPH GOLDBERG, 91, of Woodhaven, died July 5, 2000. He is survived by friends. Services and intermenty were held at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
SOLOMON GOLDFARB, 75, of Southfield, died July 4, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Goldfarb; son, Steven Goldfarb of New York, New York; daughter, Gail Goldfarb; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Jill Goldfarb of Middletown, N.Y.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gloria and Alvin Matzler of California, Edith and Marty Zuckerman of New York. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Services and intermenty at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
DANIEL MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, 41, formerly of Bloomfield Hills of California, died June 28, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Jill; daughters, Jessica and Elizabeth; parents, Alan and Doris Goldstein of Palm Springs, Calif.; sisters and brother-in-law, Linda and Dr. Carl Frickman of Loveland, Colo., Peggy Goldstein of Santa Fe, N.M.
MATILDA GOLDITCH, 93, of Southfield, died June 19, 2000. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Beth Seyburn of Florida; sister, Harriet Swartz of Southfield; grandchildren, Marci and David Beneson, Dana and Joel Wallace, Rachel Schey, Felise Flack; great-grandchildren, Avi Beneson, Jeana Beneson, Vicki Beneson, Brooke Wallace; daughter-in-law, Rita Golditch; sister-in-law, Florence Seyburn. Mrs. Golditch was the beloved wife of the late Louis Golditch; loving mother of the late Morton Golditch, the late Eleanor Schey; loving sister of the late George Seyburn; the late Lillian Rose, the late Helen Karo. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Services and intermenty at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
DINA GOLD, 88, of Keego Harbor, died June 17, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Sol Gold of Keego Harbor; son, Martin Gold of Farmington Hills; daughter and son-in-law, Rhoda and Ted Kahn of West Bloomfield; sister, Faye Weiner of Delray Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeremy (Elizabeth), Cynthia Rose, David P., Daniel Kahn. Contributions may be made to Yad Ezra, Hospice of Michigan or a charity of one's choice. Interment at Nusach Hari. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
MARGARET GOLDBLATT, 51, of Ann Arbor, died June 15, 2000. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, attended elementary school in Hararre and high school in Johannesburg. She attended the University of Cape Town, majoring in geography. She moved to St. Louis in the 1970s, obtained a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois and worked at managing a law library at Washington University. Since the 1980s, while living in Ann Arbor, she worked with her husband Peter Ward in a computer services and publishing business. She earned another master's degree, this one in education from the University of Michigan. She also worked with the Coalition of Essential Schools, an educational reform movement. Mrs. Goldblatt is survived by her husband, Peter Ward; daughter, Clea Goldblatt; son, Zac Ward; mother, Althea Howes; sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and David Pollock. She was the beloved daughter of the late John Howes. Interment at Arborcrest Memorial Park. Contributions may be directed to the Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools, 209 East Washington Street, Suite 224, Jackson, MI 49201. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
VIOLA W. GOLDSMITH, 97, of Rochester Hills, died June 13, 2000. Mrs. Goldsmith was an insurance agent. She was a 1924 Vassar Phi Beta Kappa graduate, a case worker for the American Red Cross during World War II, a past president of Temple Hesed in Scranton, Pa., a past president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sisterhoods, on the board of the Jewish Welfare Federation Community Medical Center and a past president and board member of the Visiting Nurses Association. Mrs. Goldsmith is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Cele and Michael Lalli of Connecticut, Joan and Robert Rosen of Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren, Francesca and Michael Morrissey, Erica and Hugh Sullivan, Arthur and Jeanna Rosen, Lawrence and Sharon Rosen, Kenneth Rosen, Ilise Rosen, William and Toni Roan; great-grandchildren, Michela, Isabelle Morrissey, Stephen Morrissey, Daniel Sullivan, Kyle and Dylan Rosen, Jared and Emily Roan. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Goldsmith. Interment in Pennsylvania. Contributions may be directed to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
SOL GOLDSTEIN, 78, of Southfield, died June 9, 2000. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Terri and Robert Vail, Mel and Evy Tichik, Jenise and Felix Tantiado; brother-in-law, Harvey Tichik; great-nieces and nephews, Jacqueline, Erik, Jennifer and David. Graveside services were held at Machpelah Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
CELIA GOLDBERG, 92, of Oak Park, died June 8, 2000. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Harvey and Barbara Goldberg of West Bloomfield, Fred and Fran Goldberg of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Jerry Bauman of Silverspring, Md., Ilene Lashbrook of Westland, Sandra and Al Ackerman of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Maxine Stein, Ronald and Julie Goldberg, Ellen and Ken Shere, Sam and Terri Bauman, David Bauman, Nancy and Doug Wolfe, Richard Goldberg, Elizabeth and Scott Hansen, Karen and Jon Lange, Wendy and Jim Rought, Pam and Randy Comben; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Amy Shere, Jacky Stein, Mike Stein, Stacy and Rachael Goldberg, Kim Coleman, Kerry and Mark Avigne, Jason Bauman, Mollie Bauman, Hannah Bauman; great-great-grandchildren, Nick Coleman, Jenna Avigne. Mrs. Goldberg was the beloved wife of the late Alex Goldberg. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Services and intermenty at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
SAMUEL R. GOLDMAN, 85, of Oak Park, died June 5, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Bette S. Goldman; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Margo Goldman of West Bloomfield; daughters and son-in-law, Gail Goodstein of Farmington Hills, Vicki and Neil Fox of Southfield; brother, Norman Goldman of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Ilisa and David Bernstein, Nancy and Michael Cutler, Jeffrey and Staci Goldman, Kevin and May Goldman, Amy Sigel, Franci-Lynne Goodstein; great-grandchildren, Robyn, Matthew, Avry, Adam, Noah, Max, Zack, Benjamin. Mr. Goldman was the loving father-in-law of the late Stuart Goodstein; loving brother-in-law of the late Beverly Goldman; loving brother of the late Sylvia Schumer, the late Ethel Blumberg. Contributions may be made to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield, MI 48037; Alzheimer's Association, 17220 West 12 Mile Road, Suite. 100, Southfield, MI 48076 or to a charity of one's choice. Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
HERMAN FINEGOLD, 79, of Novi, died May 30, 2000. He is survived by his beloved wife, Edith Finegold of Novi; son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and Lisa Finegold of Safety Harbor, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Luis Martinez del Campo of Cortland Manor, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew and Joshua Finegold, Julian and Daniel Martinez del Campo. Graveside services at the Hebrew Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.