Terry Manowitz (nee Zirlin), passed away peacefully on February 15, 2020, at age 98, while in hospice care at the home of her daughter, Anita Eigen, in Watchung, NJ, surrounded by loving family and caregivers.
Her husband, Herbert, predeceased her on January 25, 2011, at age 90. They were married November 26, 1943, at Scott Airfield Base in Illinois, while Herb was a Corporal in the US Army. At the time of his death, Terry and Herb were married for 67 years. Terry is survived by three daughters: Barbara (Bobbie) Shaffer of Telluride, Colorado and Tucson, AZ; Anita Eigen and her husband, Martin, of Watchung NJ; and Lois Manowitz and her husband, Terence Alston of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are her three grandchildren: Jason Green and his partner, Andrea (Andi) Totty, of Brooklyn, NY; Carey Shaffer, of Berkeley, CA, and Amie Green Rapaport and her husband, Jayson, of Austin, TX, and four great-grandchildren: Iris Green, Sara Shaffer Harris, and Avi and Max Rapaport.
Terry was born in New York City but grew up in Linden, NJ, one of seven children of Max and Sarah Zirlin. Her sister, Dorothy Sourifman, also survives her. After their marriage, Terry and Herb lived in Newark, North Plainfield and Plainfield, NJ while raising their children. Terry worked many years as a secretary and administrative assistant. She was always very active in her Temple Beth El sisterhood, in organizing family reunions and picnics, having a green thumb for wonderful flower and vegetable gardens, playing decades-long weekly mahjong games with life-long friends, and in supporting her daughters' piano and dance lessons and many other activities during their youth. In retirement, Terry and Herb lived many happy years in Clearbrook in Monroe Township, NJ, where she played tennis, canasta, bridge, and mahjong, and participated in talent shows and Senior Olympics events.
Eventually, Terry moved first to the Francis Parker Assisted Living in Highland Park, and then to Brighton Gardens of Mountainside. While there, she was assisted by incredible caregivers, Shirley Cox, Yvonne Gorsky-Eisen and Sunita Sing whose loving care and devotion to her comfort and well-being greatly enhanced her last years. Shirley and Sunita provided astounding loving comfort care to her in her final days.
Family was the most important thing to Terry. She took great joy and pride in all members of her immediate and extended family, which also included "family-by-choice" daughter # 4, Wendy. To her, being a mother was her most important and fulfilling role. She celebrated every family members' good times, and provided support and comfort to everyone in the challenging times. Terry had a beauty and style that was eye-catching as a young woman and simply timeless as she aged. She will be remembered for her special ability to form close and enduring friendships wherever she went and holding people close to her for an entire life-time, and for her irrepressible energy and defying the odds of injury and aging.
A chapel service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 11:45 am, at MOUNT SINAI MEMORIAL CHAPELS, 454 Cranbury Road at Evergreen Blvd., East Brunswick. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963 (www.seeingeye.org) -or- the charity of your choice.