Shirley Lampl Goldstein
August 25, 1923 - June 4, 2024

Memorial Information

June 9 2024 - 11:00 am
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill


August 25, 1923 - June 4, 2024

Shirley Lampl Goldstein died peacefully in her sleep after living for over 100 years on her own terms.

Shirley was a devoted wife for over 54 years to Sheldon Goldstein; loving daughter to Mary Lampl; sister to Ruth Lampl Woods; cherished aunt to Terry Kirtz, William Tabor and Jill Powlick, as well as their spouses; and beloved great-aunt to Jim Shoemaker, Louise Stephens, Ed Shoemaker, Meredith Geraci, Alexis Millman and Irene Powlick. Lastly, she was a beloved great-great aunt to the next generation of eight children, several of whom consider her as their grandmother. Shirley is also survived by her nephew-by-choice Harton Wolf and the Monteleone family.

Shirley spent her professional career in retail, serving in a variety of capacities with all of the major department stores in Pittsburgh, Kaufmann's, Gimbels and Horne's before retiring and moving on to other things.  For a while, she worked as an employment recruiter and when she finished actually collecting a paycheck, she began working in earnest with SCORE to support beginning entrepreneurs as they stepped into businesses of their own design.

Shirley joined Temple Sinai in 1955, becoming the first single female member of the congregation. Just as she was a trailblazer in other parts of her life, her activities at Temple Sinai set a path for future generations. Shirley was involved in Temple leadership, eventually becoming a life trustee of the Temple. She became the heart and soul of Temple Sinai, welcoming new members, creating a sense of family, always pushing the Temple to look forward and do more. In time, Temple Sinai became Shirley and Sheldon's extended family. Countless Temple families considered Shirley a part of their family, and Shirley was ever present at services and programs at Temple Sinai. As she sat on the bima at her 100th birthday celebration, Shirley glowed with pride in her Temple family, and the love was felt by all.

Services at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 11 AM. No prior visitation. Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Bridges Hospice,

Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.


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I so enjoyed re-connecting with Shirley when she moved to Juniper Village of Forest Hills, where my father is a resident. She loved having me visit, sitting on her red sofa, presenting me with a glass of white wine, and sharing her stories of a life well and fully lived. While I didn't do that frequently enough, it was often because she was out with friends, enjoying good friends, good food, and all those special events she would never miss. RIP SLG. What an example for the rest of us.

By Lori Sisson - June 09, 2024

We met Shirley at a family wedding in Milwaukee 32 years ago. We moved to Pittsburgh from Johnstown and Shirley welcomed us. On Temple Sinai\'s Israel trip 2011, we were roommates. I will miss Shirley She was one of a kind.

By Betty L. Margolis - June 07, 2024

What a beautifully written tribute to Shirley. I will always hold tight the wonderful memories of our discussions (she was my mentor), outings together and importantly, attending Friday night services together at Temple Sinai. Shirley lives on through all that we do and especially in my heart.

By Joan Stein - June 05, 2024