2.26.16 Issue

Lois N. Friedman passed away Feb. 19 at age 92. Services were held on Feb. 21 at Temple Israel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Debbie Friedman; grandchildren: Jennifer and Robert Roth of Chicago and Angela Friedman of Omaha; and great-granddaughter, Leah Roth of Chicago; sister, Gloria Rosenblum of Los Angeles; nieces and nephews, and many, many good friends.

Lois Friedman was born in Omaha on June 30, 1923 to Diana and H. Sol Novitsky. She moved to Sioux City in 1935 and always claimed dual citizenship in Nebraska and Iowa.

She became active as a teenager in Jewish affairs by founding the AWR Club and became its first President. She was AZA Sweetheart and Queen of the Jewish Youth Council. She graduated from Sioux City Central High and won American Legion’s Bronze Medal for Outstanding Student in American History.

When attending the University of Illinois, she joined Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, where she won the Shi Ai Scholarship award her sophomore year, and later was named outstanding alum.

Lois married Lloyd Friedman in February 1947 and moved back to Omaha where she joined the Board of the Omaha Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). At the time of her death, she had served 69 years, having done every job except Thrift Shop Chair. However, she volunteered at the Thrift Shop every Monday for 38 years. She served as NCJW Regional President and was on the National Board. Lois was Chairman of the Red Stockings fundraisers in 1957 and 1959, and was named Honorary Vice President of the Omaha Section.

NCJW honored Lois three times, in 1979 selecting her to receive its highest national honor, the Hannah G. Solomon award. Lois was President of the Jewish Women’s Clubs of the Omaha Jewish Federation as well as a board member of the Jewish Federation Budget Committee for seven years. She was a member of the Women of Reform Judaism and  served on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees; she was co-Chairman of the 100th anniversary celebration of Temple Israel. She was a founding member of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society (NJHS) and served as its President; she was a Life Member in NCJW, Hadassah and NJHS.

Memorials may be made to Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive Omaha, 68154, to the National Council of Jewish Women, Omaha Section c/o Iris Ricks, 13012 Hawthorne Ct. Omaha 68154 or to the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, 333 South 132 Street Omaha 68154.