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Happy 100th Miriam Esther Schwartz

September 19, 2023

Reaching the remarkable milestone of a centenary is a momentous occasion, and Wayne Schwartz is thrilled to announce the 100th birthday of his beloved mother, Miriam Esther Schwartz. Her journey through life has been nothing short of extraordinary, marked by decades of living in the vibrant communities of Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, and Hallandale. As we celebrate her remarkable journey and the countless lives she's touched, we delve into the story of a woman who has witnessed the transformation of a city and embraced the joys of family, community service, and a love for classical music.

Miriam's connection to the sun-kissed shores of Miami Beach runs deep, with her roots firmly planted for over sixty years. She first discovered the allure of this coastal paradise in 1948 when she started vacationing there. Over the years, she witnessed the evolving landscape of Miami Beach as it transitioned into an internationally acclaimed destination. As Miami Beach changed, so did her life, and her resilience in adapting to these shifts is nothing short of inspiring.

Education was a significant part of Miriam's family life. Both her sons, including Wayne and his brother, attended Miami Beach High School and later pursued their higher education at the University of Florida. Miriam's commitment to fostering a love for learning in her children has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on their lives.

With a family that extended beyond her sons, Miriam had the joy of having two sons and three stepdaughters, who brought warmth and love into her life. Her family grew even more with nine grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren, which is a testament to the legacy she has built.

Throughout her life, Miriam worked diligently, dedicating her skills to various roles. She served as a bookkeeper for an independent insurance agency on Miami Beach for an impressive 15 years, showcasing her commitment and work ethic. Later, she transitioned to a bookkeeping position at a local air-conditioning company, where she continued to excel for another decade. Her work ethic and dedication to her profession serve as an inspiration to all.

Miriam's talents extended beyond the realm of bookkeeping. She was a prolific knitter, crafting beautiful blankets, afghans, and dolls that carried her love and warmth. These handmade creations became cherished heirlooms for her family, a testament to her skill and care. Sadly, as her sight began to deteriorate, her knitting slowed, but the legacy of her craft lives on.

A heart filled with compassion and a desire to give back to her community led Miriam to volunteer at numerous hospitals. Her selflessness in dedicating her time to support those in need reflects her kind and generous spirit.

Miriam's love for Asian cuisine and her appreciation for classical music enriched her life in countless ways. She savored the flavors of Asian dishes, finding joy in every bite, and she reveled in the melodies of classical composers. One of the greatest gifts she ever received was a full series of CDs featuring the works of her beloved classical composers. This gift brought endless hours of pleasure and a connection to the timeless beauty of classical music.

In the later years of her life, Miriam embraced the role of caregiver, tending to her parents who lived to impressive ages of 95 and 101, a reflection of her enduring love and dedication to family.

As we celebrate Miriam Esther Schwartz's 100th birthday, we honor not only her longevity but also her rich tapestry of life experiences, her unwavering commitment to family and community, and her love for the arts. Her story reminds us that a life well-lived is one that embraces change, finds joy in the little things, and leaves a lasting impact on the hearts of those around us.

Happy 100th birthday, Miriam Esther Schwartz—may your days continue to be filled with love, laughter, and the beautiful notes of classical music.

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