At 90 years of age, Harriet Goldberg remained healthy, vibrant and astute until her peaceful passing on April 6, 2022. She enjoyed splendid times with her family and friends, including a wonderful outing and rich conversations in the days prior to her passing.
Harriet was the beloved and revered wife of Morton Goldberg and Jack Solovei, who predeceased her. She was a loving mother to her son Philip Goldberg and his spouse Vivian Hsu of Needham, Massachusetts, her daughter Renee Carpenter of Plainfield, Vermont, and her stepdaughters Stephanie Solovei of Miami, Florida and Karen Solovei of West Barnstable, Massachusetts. Known with great affection as “Gran” and “GG”, Harriet also is survived by her grandchildren Jennifer, Katherine, Elisabeth, William and Laura, and their families including seven great-grandchildren, Sage, Tristan, Astrid, River, Jade, Sophia and Skyler. She also leaves many nieces and nephews around the country, as well as very dear lifetime friends in Greater Boston and Southern Florida.
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, Harriet returned to Boston after graduating from Mary Washington College at the University of Virginia, and raised her family in Newton, Massachusetts. An avid reader and learner, education was of paramount importance to her, and she always was with a good book, newspaper, magazine or documentary film. Harriet loved the Boston Red Sox, movies and animals. She would laugh readily at canine antics, frequently spoiling family dogs with forbidden treats and forgiving their clever mischievous behavior.
Harriet moved to Needham in 2014 and continued to live independently, with an active circle of friends and enthusiastic games of bridge and mah-jongg. Her love of family and friends extended to generations of sun-filled days in Hull’s Waveland neighborhood on Nantasket Beach. She created lasting fun memories over years of summer seasons, initially with her parents and sisters and then her large extended family. She relished a local lobster roll, a sweet bakery confection and leisurely gatherings over a porch dinner off the grill, occasionally followed by an evening stroll on the moonlit beach.
We will remember Harriet for her perceptive mind, dry wit and ready smile. Her family requests that you celebrate her life with the laughter and love of a treasured memory or several - perhaps with a lobster roll, ice cream cone or cookie in your hands on the next sunny warm day. All services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/, the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute https://www.jimmyfund.org/,or a charitable organization of your choice.
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