Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sol Goldstein, 1923-2017

Sol Goldstein passed away this evening; he was a huge part of my family and my start in genealogy.  His wife was Jean Turk Goldstein, my grandfather's half first cousin; they had their grandfather Yechiel Suttleman in common.

When I was about 14 and was asking about how everyone was related, my father brought me over to Cousin Sol's house.  He had put together a family tree of the Suttleman family on long snakes of dot matrix printer paper, and that's how I learned about Yechiel Suttleman, his three wives, and how a lot of the cousins were related to me.  This was the first time my father realized he'd had a great grandfather in America; my grandfather's mother never came to America and was killed in the Holocaust.  It explained why my grandparents had accents but their (American-born) cousins did not.

(I also learned that I'd babysat for two of his grandkids--my half third cousins--when I saw their photos on his wall!)
Sol Goldstein

In his personal life, he was a World War II hero who participated in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.  In addition to earning a Purple Heart and a 2-star Combat Infantry badge, he was awarded a Legion of Honor Medal, France's highest honor.
7-year-old Solomon Goldstein and his family in the 1930 census

I frequently saw him around town, and he was always active and excited to talk to me about the family.  He is one of the nicest people I've known.  He will be missed.


  1. Lara, I am so very sorry for your loss!

  2. Those who have shared family information and stories hold an extra special place in our hearts! May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Baruch Dayan Haemet. I hope he was able to enjoy all of his ninety-plus years and that he took pride in the wonderful work you have done.

  4. Baruch dayan ha'emet. Sol will always have a special place in my heart. I remember that he and Jean towered over everyone else in the family both over 6 feet tall and with the biggest hearts. Always smiling and laughing and I loved being around them.

  5. I'm sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing.

  6. Oh, sad news. May his memory be for a blessing. I know he will not be forgotten!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.