Jeanne H. Goldstein

Jeanne H. Goldstein, age 86, died in hospice at home in Blauvelt, NY on 
June 16th, 2019 under the loving care of her family.

Jeanne Marie Henderson was born in Kingston, NY, in 1933 to Leo and 
Helen (Murphy) Henderson. She excelled at Kingston’s St. Ursula’s 
Academy, and at Mt. St. Vincent’s College and Fordham University in NYC.

In 1956, Jeanne married Stanley Goldstein, and in 1960 they built their 
home in Blauvelt, where their four children, Ben, Donna, Liza Barrie, 
and Annamae, were raised.

Jeanne was a devoted mother, a lover of learning and grower of flowers, 
a community activist, and partner of Stanley for 57 years. Together, 
their generous hearts led them to open their home, including to many 
refugees from Vietnam they sponsored with support and guidance as they 
sought to rebuild their lives. Jeanne was a lifelong supporter of social 
justice, and active in the Orangetown Democratic Committee for nearly 50 
years. For a time, she served as Chair of the ODC and worked in Town 
Hall as Assistant to the Supervisor where she enjoyed helping resolve 
the concerns of her Orangetown neighbors.

Jeanne is survived by four children, her daughter-in-law Gina Ironside, 
grandchildren Noah Shapiro, Owen and Sam Gould, Ben and Cris Goldstein, 
and Isabel Barrie, her sister Helene Amato (Anthony Amato) of Kingston, 
plus many nieces and nephews. Her husband predeceased her in 2013, a 
daughter, Mercedes Vernet, in 1953, her brother, Leo Henderson, in 2002.

A service of loving remembrance for Jeanne will be held on Saturday, 
June 22, 2019, 12:00 p.m. at Pizzi Funeral Home in Northvale, NJ. Burial 
will follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, NY.  Written remembrances 
would be appreciated at the home address, or online at


  1. I was 16 years old when I met Jeanne. She came into my life and guided me through high school, college and building my own family. We created so many great memories together. Jeanne always had many wise words but one that stuck with me was “When you make a mistake in your life, you learned from it, and move forward!”

    There are no words to describe how much I appreciate Jeanne guiding me throughout my life. I am so thankful for all her guidance, support and selflessness. In honor of Jeanne, I have learned to back by helping others in need.

  2. We all will miss Jeannie. Jeannie is humanity person helping many Vietnamese refugees who set foot in the United State.
    I remembered Jeanie and Stein helped my family to get the apartment to live and for us to enroll to school to learn English. Today we are all succeed in education myself and 2 sisters came to US with my father because Jeannie and Stein open arm to help us. Jeannie, you are in my thoughts.

  3. Mike Yannazzone

    I will always remember Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein,

    In may early days on Burrows Lane in Blauvelt. They both were like a second mom and dad to me. As I was good friends with Ben. They would take me all over the place. Lake Ontiora in Blauvelt. Mrs. Gold stein taught me how to swim. I went camping in Cape Cod, Nova Scotia, worked at the Art Mart. The whole family were like my own. Ben ,Donna, Liza and Anna May my heart goes out to you all and your families. I will miss your mom and dad. I know they are together watching over you and being ever so proud of their family. They are at peace and happy. I will always remember the Goldstiens as the great people you are.
    May God rest your mom in peace.
    Love you all,
    Mike Yannazzone

  4. Nancy Wissman

    For the past fourteen years, I’ve had the pleasure of being the Goldstein’s neighbor. Jeanne and Stan welcomed my family to the neighborhood with graciousness and kind advice. When my daughter was young, Jeanne regularly offered us things she had kept from when her children were little, a table and chairs, a rocking chair, a doll. (If any of these things are fondly missed by you, children, we can easily return them!)
    My mother is in a similar condition as Jeanne and Donna and I would compare our situations and commiserate. My heart goes out to the family as the world needs more people like Stan and Jeanne! They are truly an inspiration for me and I’m sure others!

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