Harriette R. Libenson

Harriette R. Libenson, beloved wife, mother, and sister, passed on Feb. 26, 2021, at the age of 91. She was at home in Coronado surrounded by her sons and daughter.

Harriette was born on June 10, 1929, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Fanny Rubenstein – charter members of the Pliskover Free Loan Association. A first generation American, she was the youngest sister of Harold and Erwin Rubenstein and Ruth Spiegel. As a young girl, she would travel by train to spend summers in Pittsburgh with her grandmother and aunts, keenly observing the styles at the family’s women’s clothing store, Katzman’s on Fifth Avenue in McKeesport. She also learned the secrets of baking and cooking, and simply enjoyed shooting hoops.

After playing on a championship basketball team in high school, Harriette graduated at the top of her class at Pennsylvania State University, taught fifth-grade, and became an accomplished realtor with the Howard Hanna Real Estate Company for many years. She was an active member in multiple community organizations.

After retiring from Pittsburgh, Harriette and Jerome moved to the Shores and lived there for almost 25 years. They loved Coronado not only because it was perfect everyday as Harriette invariably told everyone but also Jerome was a former naval aviator and enjoyed the daily fly-overs.

Harriette was a gracious host. Any invitee to her home, whether to enjoy a stuffed veal breast or some mundelbread, always knew they were in for a special treat.

Harriette was a woman of elegance and style who enjoyed a lifetime of international travel, dining, the fine arts, athletics, collecting art, shopping and, most of all, sharing these experiences with her husband, children and extended family.

She is predeceased by her husband of more than 64 years, Jerome M. Libenson. She is survived by sons Clark (Paulette) of San Diego, Ross (Susie) of Kensington, California and daughter Sue of Haines, Alaska; two grandsons and four grand-daughters; sister-in-laws Joan Scheinholtz of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Betty Lou Rubenstein of Arlington, Virginia, and Maxine Libenson of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

Harriette’s burial was next to Jerome in San Diego. Contributions may be made to the Jewish Family Services of SanDiego, www.jfssd.org, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, www.jewishpgh.org, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Harriette will be remembered and missed by those who had the privilege to know her. May her memory be a blessing.

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I was saddened to read of the passing of Harriette Libenson. She and her husband were vibrant individuals of accomplishment who contributed a great deal to the community. It was a privilege to know them and to have enjoyed childhood friendships with their children, my former neighbors. May she and her beloved husband Jerry rest in peace. They created an enduring legacy.

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