Libby Savitt Pearl, 90, of West Hartford and Bloomfield, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, after a 19-month battle with lung cancer.
She and her late husband, Bennett Pearl, were married for 61 years. Born in Hartford to Morris and Celia Savitt, Libby graduated from Weaver High School in 1950, and UConn in 1954. Before her children were born and after the youngest graduated from high school, she was a social worker for the City of Hartford and the Town of West Hartford.
Libby was an avid tennis player until age 82, and also a bridge player, having attained the goal of Bronze Life Master. She was an active volunteer at Congregation Beth Israel and belonged to many charitable organizations. Libby was a passionate and eclectic reader who passed her love of books on to her children. She instilled in them a unique set of values and encouraged them to think for themselves and to treat everyone with respect and kindness. She was fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Libby was kind to everyone she met and left an indelible mark on those lucky enough to have known her. The world was a much better place with her presence.
Libby is survived by her children: David Pearl and his wife Judy of Millis, Mass., Sherri Pearl Horn and her husband Jonathan of Wellesley, Mass., and Elaine Pearl Shapiro and her husband Michael of New London. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Daniel Pearl (Leah), Joshua Pearl, Rebecca Pearl, Stephanie Horn Musman (Noah), Ali Horn (fiance Joe Garrow); and her great-grandson Cameron Bennett Musman. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Savitt. In addition she leaves many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Jackson St. Ext., Avon. After the burial, the family will receive visitors at Beth Israel. Shiva will be observed from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Beth Israel, and from 7 to 8 p.m. for residents at Duncaster. The service may be viewed at www.CBICT.org
. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel-Legacy For Our Future, The Jewish Community Foundation-Bennett and Libby Pearl Fund or the American Cancer Society
. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. Please feel encouraged to share a message or memory in the guest book below. Libby was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.