In Memory

Laurie Simon (Goldstein)

Laurie Simon Goldstein

Laurie S. Goldstein
Jan. 22, 1945 - March 25, 2014
Resident of Soquel
Funeral services will be held today, March 27th, for Laurie Goldstein who passed away peacefully with her loving family at her bedside at Dominican Hospital on March 25th. She was 69 years old. Laurie was born in Oakland, California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. She earned her master's degree from Michigan State University in Reading, and had a rewarding career as a teacher which spanned over 30 years. For the last 20 years, Laurie made numerous friends, and was respected by her colleagues throughout Santa Cruz County; most recently at Cabrillo College where she taught reading classes.
Before moving to Santa Cruz in 1989, Laurie was a proud military wife, and resided in many places with her husband Jerry and family, including Germany, Hawaii, Washington State, and Colorado. She was a dedicated member of Temple Beth El Jewish Community in Aptos. Her family will cherish many memories of her love for all things Disney and finding joy in the small things in life. As well as being an accomplished traveler, Laurie enjoyed spending time with her beloved family and friends, cooking, playing mahjong, reading and knitting. Her devotion to family was a guiding force for her. She leaves behind a strong moral legacy for her children and grandchildren and many wonderful memories for all that knew her.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 46 years, Jerry Goldstein of Soquel, her daughter, Jodi Goldstein of San Francisco, her son Peter Goldstein and his son Gabriel of Santa Cruz, and her daughter and son-in-law, Marni and Brian Zweig of Potomac, MD, and their children, Nathan and Jillian. Laurie also leaves her brother, Rabbi James Simon, of Miami, FL and her sister Wendy Simon of Oakland.
The funeral will be today at Temple Beth El (3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, CA 95003) at 10 a.m. A private burial will follow at Home of Eternity Jewish Cemetery in Oakland. The family requests that donations be made in Laurie's memory to Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Library (P.O. Box 8472, Santa Cruz, CA 95061) or to Temple Beth El Jewish Community in lieu of flowers. Please light a candle on-line to share your reflections with her family, by visiting

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03/28/14 11:23 AM #2    

Helen Pulver (Rosenberg)

Dear, sweet, caring, generous and thoughtful  Laurie will be missed every day by her loving family, many friends and me.

03/28/14 01:18 PM #3    

MaryJane McCormick (Smith)

Helen said it all...I will always remember Laurie as dear, sweet, caring, generous and thoughtful.  She was always cheerful and compassionate and willing to pitch in whatever the project.  Bless you always, my friend.


broken heart

03/28/14 03:08 PM #4    

Pat Squires (Siegel)

Laurie was always generous and kind, and enormously cheerful ! How sad to lose a classmate and neighbor for so many years.  I have great memories of our walks to and from OHS, and whenever I took my Mom for walks on Paramount she would have a fond memory of Laurie when we past her home of many years.  My love and sympathy to her family, Pat 

03/28/14 07:16 PM #5    

Dale Evans (Drew)

I'm so sad.  It had been a very long time between OHS 62 graduation and seeing Laurie again at the 50th reunion, but she was a really special part of my childhood, starting with kindergarten at Crocker Highlands. I will hold dear memories of sleepovers, Brownies & Girl Scouts, her lovely home and wonderful mom.....and the journey from Crocker Highlands to OHS 62 that so many of us took together.  Love to all.  Dale 

03/28/14 07:35 PM #6    

Joan French (Moon)

I was so saddened to hear this news.  I have so many good memories of Laurie, her smile would light up the room.  My condolences to her family...she will be truly missed. 

Joanie French

03/29/14 09:47 AM #7    

Sandi Brye (Renati)

I was so sad to read of Laurie's recent passing.  I have such happy memories of our friendship together at both Mc Chesney Junior High and OHS.  I can forever see her beautiful smile and her up-lifting personality.  I always thought of her as a good friend and a joy to be with.  I know she'll be sorely missed by so many.

03/29/14 05:27 PM #8    

Shari Fisher (Ruvkun *Skyline*)

So very sad to hear of Laurie's passing.  At the reunion, she was one of the members of the class I

remembered so well as kind, sweet and friendly, so accepting of everyone.  How very special to know that she maintained her wonderful personality for the rest of her life.  I'm wondering if anyone remembers Laurie as active in BBG's? Clearly, she is fondly remembered but leaves her spirit with us all.




05/24/14 10:28 AM #9    

Russel Larsen

Laurie you are a friend and way to young to be in heaven.

05/25/14 10:57 AM #10    

Lindi Bortney (Shedd)

Laurie was part of my "teen-hood"; when I think of OHS, I think of Laurie and her endearing smile. Kind, thoghtful, sincere--and welcoming, always.  So glad we could re-connect at the 50th.  My condolences to her family, and to all of us who knew and loved her.  This is a sad day, and a great loss.  Lindi Bortney

09/18/14 10:17 PM #11    

Lindy Corneille (Smith)

Laurie was one of the most beautiful people I have ever met.  She cared about everyone, was a sensitive and thoughtful person, always upbeat and encouraging to her friends.  I have always felt that she enriched my life and the lives of all who knew her.  Laurie, seeing you at the 50th reunion was fabulous.  I will never forget you.  

Lindy Corneile Smith

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