Jennie D. Habib

DATELINE: Westport, MA

Habib, Jennie D., 98, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home.  She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Habib. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Hyman and Florence (Shalit) Goodman, she had lived in Westport, Deerfield Beach, and Bourne.  Jennie was the co-owner of Jay-Dee’s, a family clothing store, in Buzzards Bay for over 25 years, retiring in 1974.  She was a member of the former Ahavath Achim Synagogue for many years and was a member of the former Devorah.  While living in Deerfield Beach, FL, she was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and its Rehabilitation Chapter. She helped to sponsor a library at Focal Point Senior Center and received several awards for her services.   She and her late husband, Samuel Habib, were the co-chairpersons of the United Way Drive in Century Village, Deerfield Beach, FL. She enjoyed helping first graders learn to read and volunteered in their school library. She was an avid reader, loved animals, and enjoyed playing Canasta. Devoted mother of Frayda Zeltsar of Port Charlotte, FL and Michael Habib, Esq. and his wife, Evelyn Wilber, of Westport, MA.  Dear sister of the late Joseph Goodman, I. Reuben Goodman, Molly Halpern, and Edith Rose Cohen.  Loving grandmother of Philip and Faye.  Cherished great-grandmother of Hunter and Riley.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in PLAINVILLE CEMETERY, Old Plainville Rd., New Bedford.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Ahavith Achim Synagogue, 165 Maple St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or Friends of the Westport Library, 408 Old County Rd., Westport, MA 02790.  Shiva will be observed at 436 Old County Rd., Westport, MA, Thursday at 2-5 p.m.


  1. Bruce R. Gaspar
    Dec 30, 2014

    Dear Michael, Please know that the memory and spirit of your mother will be remembered in my daily prayers.

  2. Sheri and Andrew Lough
    Dec 31, 2014

    Sending our deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace and may God grant you strength during this time.

  3. Jack and Diane Halpren
    Dec 31, 2014

    Aunt Jennie

    We thought of you with love today
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday
    And days before that too.

    We think of you in silence
    We often speak your name.

    Now all we have are memories
    And your picture in a frame.

    Your memory is our keepsake
    With which we’ll never part

    God has you in His keeping
    We have you in our Heart. ( Author Unknown)

    We love and Miss you Dearly..Jack, Diane, Matthew, Benjamin Halpren and Family

  4. Sherry Schneider
    Dec 31, 2014

    Please accept my condolences at this time of your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  5. Bob and Bea Gormley
    Jan 4, 2015

    Dear Michael, your mother must have been a wonderful lady. We know you will miss her very much. Please know that you and our family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bea and Bob Gormley

  6. Jane Fain
    Feb 1, 2015

    Dear Frayda,
    I just learned of your loss. I am so sorry. I remember her fondly from the times you & I spent together- especially during our high school years. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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