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Obituary - Bessie Pollicove

Bessie Pollicove

Date of Passing: October 21st, 2014

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Bessie (Chernoff) Pollicove, was born September 26, 1915 and died October 21, 2014 at the age of 99 in Houston, TX. Bessie, the daughter of Eva and William Chernoff was predeceased by her husband Samuel; her parents; brother David; and son and daughter-in-law Lawrence and Deborah Pollicove. Survivors include her children, Cindi Diamondstone (Barry) of Walkersville, MD and Marc Pollicove (Margaret) of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Jessica Holst (Darren) of Harrisburg, PA, Rebecca Diamondstone of Lancaster, PA, Sarah Pollicove, Rachel MacWithey (Kevin) and Samantha Pollicove of Houston, TX, Samuel Pollicove (Kimberly) of Danville, CA, William Cantor and Daniel Canter (Jennifer) of AR; and great-grandchildren, Alexander Holst , Max Pollicove, and Jordan, Jared, Hannah and Rebecca Canter. Bessie also leaves sisters, Ann Binder and Freda Friedman of Laguna Hills, CA, and Irlene Waldman of Milwaukee, WI; and sister-in-law, Adele Chernoff of Sangerfield; in addition to many nieces and nephews. Bessie lived a very full life. She grew up on the family farm in Sangerfield. She graduated from Waterville High School and attended Cortland Normal School. Before marrying August 10, 1938 and becoming a homemaker, Bessie sold shoes at Frasers Department Store in Utica. Bessie worked in Pollicove's Bakery while her husband served in the Navy during World War II. As a homemaker, Bessie was devoted to her family. She was very active in the local school PTAs, Congregation Tifereth Zvi, and the Rebecca Lodge, holding offices in each organization. After her children were grown, Bessie worked with her husband Samuel in his store, The Utica Kosher Meat Market on James Street. After Sam died, Bessie sold the market and was a reading tutor in the Utica Public School System. Bessie assisted her sister Freda in Minnesota in the Food Service Department of Northwestern National Life Insurance Company in Minneapolis, MN. Bessie later became a caregiver for her brother-in-law after he suffered a stroke, and then her daughter-in-law who suffered a brain aneurism. Bessie lived in Walkersville, MD for 9 years. She was on a first name basis with every Para-Transit Bus Driver! Bessie served as President of the Beth Sholom Social Club and volunteered in the kitchen during Bingo. She also attended the Senior Center in Frederick, MD and participated in the exercise classes, in addition to playing bridge and teaching members mah-jongg. Bessie lived in Houston for just over two years. She looked forward to attending weekly CAPS meetings and playing bridge. Additionally, Bessie was a life member of Weight Watchers and an inspiration to other attendees. Bessie was a "foodie". Lobster, shrimp, and desserts were her secret passions. She was a noted baker and was often asked to bake for family parties and celebrations. Bessie also loved to travel and toured many countries in Europe and Asia. Gambling, dancing, playing bridge, and mah-jongg, and celebrating any occasion were all favorite activities. Family was most important to Bessie who was a force to be reckoned with and had many admiring friends; making everyone feel welcome. Her memory remains an inspiration to remind us all to live life to the fullest, to help others, and to see the best in every situation and in everybody. She will be missed. Services will be held Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 pm at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica. Visitation will take place one hour before services at Temple. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., Utica/New Hartford. The family will receive friends after the funeral and burial services at the home of Vivian and Ernest Berkowitz in Utica. A service in memory of Bessie will be held at Congregation Beth Sholom, 1011 North Market Street, Frederick, MD at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28.





To my one of my first school friend's Mark with deepest sympathy for you and your family. I wanted to be there for you but very sorry I couldn't be. I just got out of hospital myself.I remember all the times your mom pulled her great cooking out to share with me on Brinkerhoff Ave. She was a very warm compassionate person who made me feel a part of your family. I think of you from time to time. I am hoping to hear back from you soon as you can. I live in the same house you were last at.I would like to hear from you for sure.Please call my cell at 315-794-6208. home is 724-1006.
Ken & JoAnn Mariano

I am sorry to hear of Bessie's passing. She was a wonderful lady who I knew from Weight Watchers in Frederick MD. She was always a source of inspiration and joy. What a wonderful, full life she lived. My sympathies to your family.
Sherry Maurhoff

Cindi and family - Deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother. I remember her coming into WMS to help out. I was always amazed at her personality and strength of character. Even though she is no longer with you, you have all of those wonderful memories to hold on to. You are so lucky to have had her in your life for so many years. God bless you and your family.
Ed Eaves Family

So sorry to hear of this. Bessie and I danced together at the senior center here in Frederick a few times. She was so loved by all of us. She was a friend, a good friend. We laughed together. She was in fact a gift to all of us.
Steven Stoyke

I work at the Frederick Senior Center and Bessie and I quickly became her dance partner at various dances. I remember how much she loved dancing. When the music would stop she would tell me to wait to see what the next song was going to be and then we began dancing again, and again, and again. She was such an inspiration and very proud of her family. Please accept my sincerest expression of sympathy in your loss. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time.
Mary Feaster

I met Bessie several years ago in Fred. at the senior center. I loved exercising next to her. One day I mentioned something about wanting to learn Mahjong. Just because of that we met weekly so she could teach me & I could play with the other ladies. I've often wondered how she was doing & also have thought many times of the caring, patient lady that took her time to teach me a game. I will never stop thinking of the wise & sometimes funny things Bessie things shared with me during our gaming sessions. May peace be with you & your family. I know there were lots of people in Frederick that cared a great deal for Bessie.
"Mick" Hickman

What a blessing to have someone like Bessie in your life Rachel. It is nice to see people celebrate her wonderful life. I pray that God will comfort your family. My condolences to the family. Yolanda Rhodes-Del Toro
Yolanda Rhodes-Del Toro

Your mother was a gift to the world. She will indeed be missed. Memories of her loving kindness have been with me since I was a kid.
Bob Wineburg

We are thinking of you and your family during this time. It sounds like Bessie had a long and fulfilling life and will leave lots of memories for those that she loved.
Pam Niziolek

Bessie was loved by all who knew her. She will truly be missed. May her memory be a blessing.
Deborah & Dennis Mason