Louise Pomerantz, 99

December 7, 1921 - February 21, 2021

Louise Kass Pomerantz of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Rye, NY, died peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at her residence in the Mennonite Home of Lancaster. She was 99 years old, and would have turned 100 in December.

Louise led a full and wonderful life. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to George and Kate Kass on December 7, 1921 and grew up in Piedmont, Alabama where her parents ran a general store. After graduating high school in Piedmont, in a class of 21 students, many of whom she remained close to her entire life, Louise attended the University of Alabama. She left after 2 years and moved “north” to Washington D.C. to work for the Navy Department during World War II. There, she met the love of her life, Frank, and they were married for 64 years.

Long before it was the norm, Louise was a working mother. She was a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Rye, NY, and while working, she also finished her college education, graduating from the College of New Rochelle in 1974, more than 35 years after leaving the University of Alabama. After “retiring” from the Rye School District, Louise began working as a pre-school teacher, a job she loved and held until she and Frank moved to Lancaster, PA to be closer to her daughter Beth and family.

Louise was a great cook who combined the best of her Southern & Jewish heritages; she made the best Southern Fried Chicken, Pecan Pie and Matzo Ball soup. A strong and proud woman who was loved and admired, in difficult times Louise would offer simple, but essential, advice: “patience and fortitude.”

Louise is survived by her son Jerry Pomerantz and wife Nancy Greystone of Santa Monica CA, her son-in-law David Ehrlich of Lancaster, PA, grandchildren Philip Ehrlich and wife Allison Grubbs of Chicago, Sally Ehrlich of Chicago, Aaron Pomerantz of Seattle, Ava Pomerantz of Santa Monica and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter Beth, son Alan, and sister Ethel Weinstein. She will be missed greatly, remembered daily and whenever we hear a strong southern accent, we will think of her and smile.

Louise’s funeral service will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2 PM. A link will be sent to family and friends. Louise will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Congregation KTI cemetery in Greenwich, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Temple Beth El, 1836 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601; Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104.

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Condolences to the Family

March 05, 2021

Dear Mr. Ehrlich, Phil, Sally, & Family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of an amazing woman. I have fond memories of her big smile always greeting me whenever I saw her. Her memory and legacy will most certainly live on and all of you!
Chelsea (Natarian) Rakszawski & family

March 03, 2021

Dear Dave, Sally and Philip, Louise was such a pleasure to be around. I so enjoyed talking to her when I saw her at service. She made me smile and laugh and just feel joy.  She will truly be missed by so many people who she touched. And Dave, she was so lucky to have you. You were always there for her!!!
Randi and Steve Jacobs

February 28, 2021

I will never forget her kindness. 
Kenneth Peck

February 28, 2021

Mrs Pomerantz was our neighbor for over 40 years in Rye.  She was a lovely, kind and thoughtful neighbor and we have fond memories of her. I’m sure all six of us gave her (Beth, Jerry & Mr P) quite a few memories over the years. 99 years is a true testament of her strength and determination of life and learning.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs Pomerantz, and Jerry, Dave, Sally, Philip, Ava, Aaron and Nancy. RIP 🙏 Mrs Pomerantz
The Harrigan’s 

February 26, 2021

Dave and family, we were so saddened to learn of Louise’s death.  She touched many people and was loved by everyone.  She will be dearly missed.
Debbie and Steve Rubin and Family

February 24, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Louise’s passing. We knew Louise and Frank as longtime members of Congregation KTI-they were always so friendly and warm whenver we saw them at services or events at KTI.  Louise was the definition of a “Gentlelady”, and Frank was the definition of a “Gentleman”.  Our condolences go out to the Pomerantz and Ehrlich families. 
Nancy and Bruce Lumish

February 24, 2021

Louise my lifetime friend,I loved her very much.
Sarah Ackerman

February 24, 2021

Louise was one of a kind.  Such a funny, warm, and loving person who genuinely touched the hearts of everyone who spoke with her.  She will be missed by many.  Thank you for sharing her with the community.  We are all better for knowing her.  May her memory be for a blessing.
Becky, Les, Ally, and Sydney Rhoads

February 24, 2021

Dear David, Jerry and Nancy, Phillip and Sally and family, My heartfelt condolenes to your family over the death of your beloved Louise, your mother, grandmother; and mother-in-love.  May you be comforted by the sweet memories you have of times gone by.  David, you were a stellar son-in-law and you stood by Louise for many years.  May you all have strength going forward. Louise will be reunited with her beloved husband Frank.  
Evelyn Epstein

February 23, 2021

We are deeply saddened to learn of Louise’s death. Louise and Frank were an unusually kind, thoughtful and caring couple. We had the pleasure to share many fond memories with them of times at KTI and Hadassah. We extend our condolences to the Pomerantz and Ehrlich families. May Louise’s memory be for a blessing. 
Rhoda and Richard Shapiro

February 23, 2021

Like the many folk she touched, we were blessed to have known Louise and consider ourselves among the lucky to have her in our lives.  To Louise’s beautiful family, please accept our deepest condolences.  May you find comfort together and joy in her memory.  She will be missed greatly.  Love from Julie & Danny and family

February 23, 2021

So sorry to learn of Louise’s passing. My mom, Ethel Zitowitz, was a close friend of hers while we were growing up in Port Chester, NY. My condolences to her family and friends. Reene Zitowitz Ruiz

February 23, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Louise. We shared many good times at KTI and in Rye with her and Frank. Our condolences to the Pomerantz and Ehrlich families.
Judy and Stanley Buchholz

February 23, 2021

I will miss Louise very much. She was one of the first Read-Write-Now Hadassah Literacy Tutors that our Kehilla Chapter had along with her husband, Frank over 20 years ago. We had a great time working on many Hadassah projects and events and spent time with my children when they were little. She was a Woman of Valor and will be missed. May her memory be a blessing.
Fondly, Stephanie & Don Fehr and family

February 23, 2021

We heard about Louise all of our lives. Our mom Sarah  Burgen Ackerman and Louise were freshman room-mates at U. of Alabama. They remained friends over the years visiting in each other’s homes. Our mom is also 99 and still lives in our childhood home in SC. She had me write a letter to Louise about two weeks ago after she spoke to Jerry. Our love goes out to the entire family.
Penni Ackerman Powell

February 23, 2021

Thinking of the whole Pomerantz clan at this time.  The numerous stories of Louise and Ethel always make me smile.  I am so glad you have shared them over the years.  I know her memory is and will always be a blessing to you all.  Peace and Love, Judy Rosenzweig

February 23, 2021

Louise was like my second mom having been my mom’s very close friend since freshman days at the U of Alabama. She was family to me and will be sorely missed.
Bernie Bogrow

February 23, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Louise. She was like my second mother, having been my mother’s best friend since U of Alabama days as freshman. She was a major part of my life and will be sorely missed.
Bernie Bogrow

February 23, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Louise. She was a wonderful person and we shared many good times with her and Beth and Dave and the kids when we lived in Lancaster. 
Sending love from Florida. 
The Macy Family

February 23, 2021

Dear Philip, Dave and Sally, Andy and I were so saddened to hear this news.  How blessed she was to have had so much love and cared lavished upon her by her family.  May her memory bless us all for generations. Love from Lissa and Andy.

February 23, 2021

Dear Dave, Sally, and Philip, I loved Louise! She always brought a smile to my life, with her wit, her down-to-earth approach to the world, and her keep-on-keeping-on attitude. She was one of a kind! And, of course, she always connected me to my beloved friend and colleague, Beth. We were lucky to have Louise among us so many years to share her wit, her wisdom, and her cooking. Condolences, and thank you for the love and attention you poured out to Louise. I know she felt it and appreciated it — she told me so. — Lynn Brooks

February 23, 2021

Dear David, Jerry, Nancy, Sally, Philip and Allison, Ava and Aaron, Sending heartfelt condolences to you all. My times with Louise were spent talking about you all and her extended family and friends. She loved you all so much. I know Louise’s memory will be for blessings. xoxo 
Lori Taber

February 22, 2021

As I look at the photo of Louise I can hear that lilting southern accent that she never lost. Such a lovely woman! May her memory bring abiding joy to all who knew her.
Johanna Loddo

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