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Carol Mamber
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Carol Siegel Mamber, z"l, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the age of 72, surrounded by her family and her sweet cat, Sammi. Born Carol Ann Siegel in the Bronx, NY, she grew up in the Grand Concourse neighborhood and lived much of her younger days in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She was a long-time resident of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and spent her last years in Wanaque. A Bronx High School of Science graduate, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. She served vulnerable populations for decades as a licensed clinical social worker at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Ward's Island, the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side, the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, providing vital services to those without a voice who have fallen through society's cracks. She met Ilan, her husband of 42 years, at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center job, and supported him in his position as the cantor of Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff for 31 years, until his passing in 2018. He called her his "rock and redeemer"; she was the organizational force behind his musical and spiritual leadership in the Jewish community.

She enjoyed eating a good hamburger, as rare as the restaurant could legally make it; sitting by the water; building and maintaining community with friends; and watching British murder mysteries and Jeopardy! with her family. She loved attending Broadway and off-Broadway plays and local concerts, traveling to new places and learning about their history and culture, home renovation, and collecting unique dreidels. She instilled the values of generosity, social justice, hard work, and taking responsibility for one's decisions and actions in her children and showed her family and friends her deep love and care through both words and deeds. She was predeceased by her husband, Hazzan Ilan Mamber, z"l, and her parents, Morris and Irene Siegel, z"l. She is survived by her children, Noah and Aliza, cousins, and chosen family. The funeral was coordinated by Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel and held at Temple Beth Rishon on Monday, January 24, and a recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDkUOBVUzo8. Interment followed at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus. If you wish to make a donation in Carol's memory, you may direct your contribution to NJ PBS  or Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

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