Goldie Halfant, 81, passed away on June 28, 2008, after a brave and hard fought 21-year battle with breast cancer.
She died peacefully at Methodist Hospital while surrounded by her family.
Goldie was a native of Galveston. She worked side-by-side for 40 years at Schreiber & Miller with her late husband Seymour, with whom she shared 57 years of loving marriage. Goldie was adored and admired by all who knew her. She was a force to be reckoned with, living every day to its fullest. She was a leader in the Galveston community, at one time even hosting a radio show. She was an active member at Congregation Beth Jacob, serving as President of its Sisterhood and on its Board of Directors. She was a talented cook, well known for her brisket and streudel and countless other baked goods that added sweetness to many occasions.
Known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as both “Grandma” and “Dada,” she was famous for answering most requests with “You can have anything you want!” Selfless with both family and friends, she always said: “Don’t cry for me when I’m gone, just love me while I’m here.” She knew how loved she was, every ounce of which she returned many times over. She will be deeply missed but remembered always.
She is survived by her brother Adolph Reinhardt, sisters Molly Jacobi and Rebecca Dundon, brother-in-law Don Dundon, and three generations of loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many well-fed pets. Son, Jerry Halfant and his wife Carlis; daughter, Rozanne Rubin and her husband, Howard; grandchildren Kerri Halfant and her husband Tom Hochstein; Jennie Golden and her husband Michael; Alissa Rubin; Stacey Rose and her husband Brian; Marc Rubin; Brittney and John Demmer; and great-grandchildren Sarah, Evan and Alex Hochstein; Naomi, Sophia, and Gianna Golden and Westly Roberts.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30 at Congregation Beth Jacob, 2401 Avenue K, Galveston, Texas 77550, with Rabbi James Kessler officiating. Interment will follow at Beth Jacob Cemetery, 61st and Avenue T. Donations may be made to the Congregation or to the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Care Center of Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, BCM-600, Houston, Texas 77030, where she received outstanding and heartfelt care.