Samuel Charles Goldstein died November 25, 2011 in Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton, Fla. a few weeks short of his 90th birthday. His wife, Miriam Goldstein, best known as Micki, died six days later, December 1, 2011 at the Wellington Community Medical Center, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 85. They met in 1946 on a blind date arranged by her mother and his father’s sister and were married four months later, a marriage that lasted 64 years. They were residents of Westport since 2006.
Mr. Goldstein was born to Albert Goldstein and Yetta Fogel of The Bronx, New York on December 17, 1921. Certain that a war with Germany was imminent, Sam enlisted in the U.S. army in 1939. He served in the army for five years, including four years stationed in Iceland. Upon discharge, he went to work as a traveling salesman for a short while before joining his father-in-law’s business, Famous Raincoat, a manufacturer of children’s raincoats in New York City’s garment district.
Micki Goldstein was born to Morris Peretz and Sonia Asch July 6, 1926 in Brighton Beach, New York, and was graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor of science degree in social work.
Micki and Sam were avid, competitive, and skilled card players, enthusiastic spectators of all New York sports teams and, once they discovered the University of Connecticut’s women’s team: women’s basketball. They loved Broadway theatre as well as jazz and classical music. Both were passionate about reading, over time accumulating a large library of first editions. Starting in 1987 they wintered in Boca Raton, Fla. and spent summers at their home in Long Beach, N.Y. In 2006, they moved to Westport, only minutes away from their daughter, Fran.
Survivors include the couple’s two children, David Goldstein and Francine Goldstein. David Goldstein is a practicing criminal attorney in The Bronx, New York. He and his wife, Debi, live in Old Tappan, N.J. They have two daughters, Rachel of Seattle, Wash. and Emily of Hoboken, N.J. Francine Goldstein initially taught in the New York City public schools before becoming a professional in the retail and wholesale business as well as the international travel industry. She currently designs and manufactures women’s jewelry. A resident of Weston, for the past two years, Fran is the town’s Deputy Democratic Registrar and a member of the Weston Democratic Town Committee. Prior to moving to , she lived in Westport for 18 years.
Because he felt so strongly about a women’s rights, including freedom to choose, Sam advocated that government and, in fact, men in general should not have a vote on such issues. Contributions in memory of Sam should be made to Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.
For Micki who loved animals and supported humane treatment as merely a starting point, contributions in her memory should be made to The Humane Society of the United States.