Carton, Esther (Norwitz), 91, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of West Hartford and New London, CT, died on Saturday, December 24, 2016. For 57 years, she was married to the late Edward “Eddy” Carton. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Rubin and Rose (Dember) Norwitz. Esther graduated from Weaver High School in 1943, and both organized and attended class reunions for over 60 years. Next, she attended the University of Connecticut. Soon, she met the love of her life, Eddy, at Maxwell Drug Store. They led a charmed and beautiful life together. She was one of the founding members of Beth El Temple of West Hartford, a lifetime member of Hadassah and of the Hebrew Home. Esther started her life of volunteerism during World War II as an Air Raid Warden and Red Cross Worker. Later, she worked with the Girl Scouts and was active in the PTO at Norfeldt School in West Hartford. Esther volunteered at the Barbour Street School as an aide in classes reading to the students. An active blood donor, Esther began donating in 1943 and at age 70, she was recognized as giving more than 2 gallons. Esther volunteered at the Hebrew Home for many years. Every Thursday she delivered candy and good wishes to the residents there. In 1994, Esther, along with Ed, spent 6 months as a volunteer in the Israeli Army where she worked with children on a kibbutz. She and Ed sponsored Russian immigrants through the Hartford Jewish Federation.
Esther leaves two daughters, Wendy Carton of Boston, MA, and Shelley Carton of Tucson, AZ, her grandson, Adam Scheinberg and his wife, Jennifer, of Winter Park, FL, and her granddaughter, Robin Magnuson and her husband, Brett, of Boston, MA. She leaves her great-grandchildren, Jillian Rose and Jack Edison Scheinberg and Shane Edward Magnuson. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Sydney Norwitz and her sisters and their husbands: Florence and Charlie Abel, Rhoda and Sam Fagin and Sydelle and Irwin Black, and her in-laws, Toby and Harold Thames, Moe and May Cohen, and Bea and Maxwell Rulnick.
She leaves an extended family of very close and beloved nieces and nephews who she loved fiercely, as well as a multitude of both great and great-great nieces and nephews. In addition, throughout her life, family and friends were at the core of her existence and she leaves dear and longtime friends. Funeral services will be held at Beth El Temple Cemetery, on Jackson Street Ext, Avon with Rabbi James Rosen officiating at10:30am on Friday, December 30th . Following the interment the family will receive relatives and friends at the home of Esther’s nephew and niece, Bob and Johanne Black at 6 Joseph Drive, Simsbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made to the Hebrew Home or Hadassah. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Esther, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.