On November 22, 2021, Jean Louise Hollander Lipsitt (age 94) passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born on February 8, 1927 in York, Pennsylvania to Edna Shapiro Hollander and Samuel Hollander. She attended public school in York, PA and upon graduation from William Penn High School, she married Bob Lipsitt at the age of 18. Their first (blind) date was a hayride. It was love at first sight and a marriage that endured for 70 years. Jean enjoyed playing the piano and filling their home full of beautiful music while raising three children.
Their primary business was retail-clothing stores that Bob acquired from his father, Henry Lipsitt. The Lipsitt Store in Newport, PA and the Village Men’s and Boy’s Shoppe in Harrisburg were a resource to the community and helped families afford fashion with personal service. Jean supported his long working hours while Bob gave his heart and soul to the store to ensure customers had a pleasant shopping experience. When Bob became ill, Jean became the primary caregiver as well as the wage earner for the family. At age 41, she joined the forces of public service and dedicated 25 years to serve the Attorney General at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Upon Jean’s retirement at age 66, Jean and Bob moved to Marco Island, FL to enjoy warmer weather, walks on the beach, and beautiful sunsets for 23 years. She enjoyed sailing, traveling, and visits with family.
In 2018, at age 90, she moved to Gainesville, GA to be closer to her son, Michael. She was technology savvy and used her UBER app to call a driver! She also was a great customer of Amazon and would use her prime membership to land great deals. She cultivated many friends at Heartis Senior Independent Living where she was a founding resident. One favorite memory at Heartis is celebrating her 93rd birthday with friends and family in the private dining room. Jean was best dressed and stylish in her Talbots clothing. The highlight of her day was to walk up to the treadmill and “ride the treadmill” (as she called it) for .4 of a mile in her bright colored workout clothes. She was dedicated to maintain her weight at 94lbs.
Her three successful children survive her: Henry Joseph Lipsitt, MD (Ann) of San Antonio TX, Michael Alan Lipsitt, MD (Darla Eden, fiancé) of Gainesville, GA, and Nancy Lipsitt Otto, JD (Randy) of Austin, TX. She is survived by 6 loving grandchildren: Amanda Lipsitt, MD; Adam Lipsitt, MD; Emma Moledeaux, Ginnie Wiggs, Melody Janak, Lori Samocha. She is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Isabelle, Jack, Austin, Ellie and Charlotte.
She is preceded in death by her loving and dedicated husband of 70 years; Robert “Bob” Emerson Lipsitt (died 2016). Jean is already reunited with Bob in heaven and will be buried beside him on Marco Island.
Jean is also preceded in death by her siblings: Sylvia Hollander Rule, Muriel Hollander Furman, and Harold Hollander, as well as her daughter-in-law Jeanne Lipsitt.
The family wishes to thank Jean’s caregiver, Lea Perkins and the staff members at Manor Lake Gainesville for their love, care and support.
A graveside service presided by Rabbi Mark Gross is scheduled for December 5, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Marco Island Cemetery located at 489 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island: 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145.
Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home & Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Georgia 30501 is in charge of arrangements.