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October 23, 2013

Florence "Flo" Broitman

Florence “Flo” Broitman

ONEONTA — On Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, Florence “Flo” Broitman passed away unexpectedly at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

Flo was born in New Haven, Conn., to Morris and Yetta (Sandomir) Alpert.

She served her country in the United States Navy during World War II. Florence was part of the first Naval class to be trained as a Neuropsychiatric Technician and was responsible for an entire psychiatric ward at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She held the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate.

After The Navy, she met and married Harvey Broitman, who was also a pharmacist. They lived in the Passaic-Clifton area until the early 1970s.

Florence was very much involved in ORT, Hadassah, B’nai B’rith, and the various local hospital auxiliaries. She enjoyed organizing and running charity art shows so much, that she opened and ran VIP Gallery in Passaic

Once she relocated to Liberty, Flo opened Stone Chapel Antiques. In 1979, Harvey, the love of her life, passed away. At that time, she worked as a Unit Secretary in Community General Hospital.

She moved to Coconut Creek, Fla. She moved to Oneonta, where she worked at Planned Parenthood.

Florence was a member of Temple Beth El and operated the Temple gift shop.

For a number of years, Flo resided in Richmond, Va., to be near her sons, but returned to Oneonta.

Florence is survived by her beloved children, Marla (Lewis) Calabro, Stephanie (Ronald) Ring, Jeffrey Broitman, and Andrew (Jennie) Broitman; sister, Alice (Marvin) Eisenberg; sister-in-law, Peggy Greenstein; grandchildren, Hilary Ring, Jacob Broitman and Melanie Calabro.

Services at Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton, N.J. at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23. Interment in Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, N.J.

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