Lois Friedman understood the importance of giving back to the community, whether it was organizing fundraisers, volunteering at a thrift shop or serving on boards, her family says.
“That was one of her many passions,’’ said her son, Scott Friedman of Omaha.
Friedman, 92, died Friday at Methodist Hospital following a stroke, her son said.
She was born in Omaha in 1923 and her family moved to Sioux City when she was 12.
As a teen she became active in the Jewish community in Sioux City by founding an organization for young Jewish women.
After graduating from Sioux City Central High she attended the University of Illinois. She married Lloyd Friedman in 1947 and moved back to Omaha where she joined the board of the Omaha Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She also served as president of the Omaha section, as regional president and on the national board.
The organization honored her three times, including selecting her to receive its highest national honor — the Hannah G. Solomon award.
Debbie Friedman, her daughter-in-law, said Friedman believed in helping not just the Jewish community but also the broader Omaha community. She was honored with volunteer awards from the United Way of the Midlands.
She was also a founding member and president of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by husband, Lloyd. Along with her son and daughter-in-law, survivors include a sister, Gloria Rosenblum of Los Angeles.
Services are set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Temple Israel.
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