BARRINGTON, R.I. – Miriam (Schwartz) Almagor passed away Feb. 17. She was the devoted wife of Mayer Almagor for 62 years. Born in Romania, she was the daughter of the late Iosef and Paula (Goldstein) Schwartz. Miriam was the beloved mother of Dalia Harel and her husband, Zeev Harel; doting grandmother of Ephat Russcol and her husband, David, Asaff Harel and his wife, Avital Mendelson, and Maayan Harel; loving great-grandmother of Liora, Aviva, Rina and Ilana Russcol and Ethan Harel.
Miriam was a Holocaust survivor. She spent World War II in Iassi, Romania, under Nazi rule, and in later years often shared reminiscences with her family. After her marriage, she and her husband struggled for many years to be allowed to leave Romania and make aliyah. She lived for most of her life in Israel, with several years spent in the U.S., where her husband was sent for Ph.D. studies, and in Europe, where her husband was sent for work-related purposes by the Israeli government.
In May of 2015, Miriam and her husband reluctantly decided to leave Israel and moved to Barrington to be close to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Miriam was an extraordinarily devoted wife, an exceedingly involved mother, and an amazing grandmother. She forged extremely close relationships with her grandchildren, who will miss her dearly, and adored her great-grandchildren. She cared about relationships, was a devoted daughter, and maintained close contact with family and friends, her aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her childhood friend Ieti and her husband Yossu. She was an observant Jew who nevertheless managed to live harmoniously with her less-observant husband.
Donations in her memory may be made to Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906.