Obituary: Miriam Weintraub Lemberg, June 4, 1914, to Oct. 29, 2017
Miriam Weintraub Lemberg passed peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the age of 103. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, on June 4, 1914. She turned her talent for art into the study of fashion design. During World War II, as a USO volunteer, she met William Weintraub. They married, moved to Miami and started the Eagle Army Navy Stores chain. They were members of Beth David Congregation and Westview Country Club and were active in Miami’s Jewish community. In 1969, while on family vacation, Willie died in Taiwan.
In 1971, Miriam wed Dr. Louis Lemberg, world-renowned cardiologist and University of Miami medical school professor. She founded the Angels of Mercy at Mercy Hospital in the 1980s. Together they chaired the American Heart Association’s Miami Heart Ball and supported Florida Grand Opera and Miami Jewish Health Systems. They were long-time members of the Palm Bay Club and Williams Island.
Known for chic style and grace, she created the Louis Lemberg Chair in Cardiology at the University of Miami. In her honor, Lou established the Miriam Lemberg Lectureship.
Impeccable dressers and avid explorers, they skied in Vail and played tennis into their 80s and traveled the world. Lou died in 2012. Miriam had boundless love for her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by loving daughter and son-in law Paula and Dr. Alan Saltzman; grandsons Russell and William Saltzman (Marci); great-grandsons Max, Cody, Ryan and Zach; and niece and nephews Arleen, Marvin and Hal Weintraub.
Miriam’s family appreciates the devotion of her caregivers, Olvita Nemours and Rosa Torrez. Services are Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels Kendall, 5900 S.W. 77th Ave., Miami, FL 33143.
Contributions in memory of Miriam Lemberg can be made to the Miriam Lemberg Lectureship in Cardiology at the University of Miami. Donations may be mailed to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute Biomedical Research Building, 1501 N.W. 10th Ave., Suite 912, Miami FL 33136; Attn: Lena Koorse, or call 305-243-3037.