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DelVal mourns the loss of Miriam Feldstein

Miriam Feldstein

May 04, 2015

Miriam M. Feldstein of Doylestown died Thursday, April 23, 2015. She was 90.

Born Nov. 24, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Miriam was the daughter of the late Daniel and Martha (Levine) Myzel. She was the beloved wife of President Emeritus of Delaware Valley University Dr. Joshua Feldstein '42, '52, with whom she shared 70 years of marriage. She is also survived by her sons, Ted and his wife, Diane, of Doylestown and Daniel and his wife, Linda, of Richlandtown. She is also survived by her precious granddaughter, Elise Feldstein of Doylestown; her sister-in-law, Elaine Myzel; and several nieces. She was preceded in death by her brother, Solomon Myzel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After graduation from high school, Miriam began a career as a secretary and office manager with a large roofing company in Philadelphia. She met her future husband on a date when he was a post-graduate student at the National Farm School (now Delaware Valley University) in 1942. They married in 1944.

In 1948, Miriam began a career as the private secretary to the dean of students at DelVal, where her husband was working as an instructor. In addition to her many duties in the office, she soon became a second mother to many students on campus. Even while raising her own family on the campus of the college, Miriam's home became a 'home away from home' for many students over the years.

Miriam was quite active in the activities of her family and in the community. She was always by her husband's side at DelVal activities. When her husband was appointed as president of the college, Miriam hosted many functions for the faculty, staff, board of trustees, and students. She received an Honorary Degree from DelVal for her outstanding, dedication and accomplishments.

Miriam was a longtime member of the Village Improvement Association, and volunteered for many years at the Doylestown Hospital and at the thrift shop for A Woman's Place.

In the late 1970's, Miriam became a salesperson at Bamberger's Department Store, which later became Macy's, at the Montgomery Mall. She was named a 'Macy's Ambassador' for her superior customer service and work performance.

Miriam was an avid reader with a fondness for mystery stories. She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, collecting cookbooks, gardening and treasure hunting at flea markets. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for get-togethers with family and friends.

Miriam was laid to rest at a private graveside service at the Roosevelt Memorial Park on Sunday, April 26.

Family and friends are cordially invited to a memorial service to celebrate Miriam's life on Sunday, June 28. The service will be held in the Student Center (Moumgis Auditorium) at Delaware Valley University at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of one's choice in Miriam's memory. Contributions can also be made to the Feldstein Scholarship Fund at Delaware Valley University.