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11.27.15 Issue

Emma Wilion Josin (Nanny) passed away on Nov. 13 at age 91. Services were held Nov. 15 at the Mount Zion Section of Hillcrest Memorial Park with Rabbis Howard Wolk and William Gershon officiating.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Cindy Josin, daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Kenny Goldberg; grandchildren: Richard and Devon Goldberg, Lindsay and Corey Freedman, Jenny and Jon Birnbrey, and Grace Josin; great-grandchildren: Ben, Olivia, and James Freedman, Ryan and Isabella Goldberg, and Blake Birnbrey.

Born in Vilna, Lithuania, Emma, who survived the Holocaust, was the lone survivor of her entire family.  She met her beloved husband of sixty five years, Ben, in a concentration camp, and they married in Bamberg, Germany before immigrating to Omaha. Through help from the Jewish Federation of Omaha, Emma and Ben were able to  find employment and prosper, despite not knowing the English language. In 1990, Ben and Emma retired to Aventura, Florida, followed by their move to Dallas in 2010 to be near family.

Emma was the consummate wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy was to take care of her family in any way that she could. Emma and Ben lived the American Dream by working hard and grabbing hold of every opportunity to  build a successful business and warm and loving family. Emma provided unconditional love and warmth to her family and loved ones. Her sweet-natured and selfless personality was endearing to all those who knew and loved her.

Memorials may be made to the Dallas Holocaust Memorial Center in memory of Emma Josin. May her memory be for a blessing.