Estelle Katz

Passed away on February 7, 2013

Estelle Katz passed away at her home in Brookline, surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Estelle was the daughter of the late Samuel Katz and Rose(Goldkrand)Katz. She was the sister of the late Paul Katz of Brookline. She leaves her sister Janet Hoffman and her husband, William of Quincy, her nephew Donald Hoffman, her nieces Fredda Cole and Marjorie Serrano, her grand-nephews Miguel and Daniel Serrano, Tony and Joey Hoffman, her grand-niece Maria Arrington, great-grand nephews and great grand nieces Maleek and Emma, Dylan and Paige, Alivia, Alana and Annalise, and Javier.

Estelle had a long career with the Boston Public Schools as an elementary teacher, and then as an adjustment counselor. She was a licensed psychologist and social worker. She had degrees from both the Massachusetts State Teachers College and Boston University. Ms. Katz was an active figure in Brookline government, having been a Selectwoman in the 1980’s, and serving as a Town Meeting Member for 42 years. She is a member of the Brookline Advisory Committee, having served for more than 20 years. She also served on the Brookline Rent Control Board. As a very active member of the Democratic Party, Estelle participated in many national, state and local political campaigns, and was a regular state convention delegate. She is a board member of Brookline PAX.

In December 2012, she was presented with the Ethel Halperin Lifetime Achievement Award from Brookline PAX. In 2013, she received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Brookline Rotary Club, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brookline Commission for Women, which she founded and chaired. Estelle was a long-time member of Temple Ohabei Shalom, in Brookline. She taught Sunday school and was active in the Sisterhood as well as singing in the choir and doing solos for services and occasions.

All her life, Estelle was a jazz song stylist, singing first with her mother, Rose, accompanying her on the piano. She performed at local clubs with the late Tony Parker (Anthony Procopio). One could hear her at First Light in Brookline. Most recently, she was a regular with the Winiker Brothers, entertaining at all types of events, and on many a Sunday morning at Skipjack’s in Boston. In 2005, she released a CD with the Winikers, “Estelle Sings.” Estelle still found time to support Brandeis and to enjoy her friends as a Red Hat Lady.

Services will be held at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:00AM, with burial to follow at Lindwood Cemetery, Randolph. Following the burial, memorial observance will be held at Estelle’s residence until 8:00pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-8:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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May 21, 2013

Sorry to hear of your passing. Michael Lillian

Michael Lillian

February 22, 2013

She was my second grade teacher.

February 19, 2013

We will miss you and our piano bar gatherings. We have lots of memories to keep close to our hearts.
Don Pasco, Yvonne Goulart and Nathan Goulart-Pasco

February 17, 2013

Sorry to hear of Estelle's passing. We go back a long, long time.
Stiles F. Stevens

Shirley MacPherson

February 12, 2013

love you Estelle!! such a good friend Shirley

February 12, 2013

love you Estelle!! such a good friend Shirley

Devorah Turner (Shortsleeve)

February 12, 2013

"You will be missed... Rest in Peace Estelle!"

Dayse Sena

February 12, 2013

It's hard to know what to say about Estelle, except that I'm thinking of her in friendship and in sympathy. I feel thankful to have had the opportunity to meet a great person like Estelle. Wishing all the best to the family.
Dayse Sena

February 12, 2013

Humor, wisdom, jazzy music, a zest for life & love for people; this is Estelle. I feel lucky to know her.

Beverly Kargir (Brookline, MA)

February 11, 2013

For our dear and cherished friend, Estelle,

We have known you since we moved to Boston in 1957, and through the years and decades since our return to Los Angeles, to our last few words on the phone in recent days. Your warm, kind heart, your wonderful smile, hearty laugh and good humor. We will hold and keep you in our hearts always.

Ray and Letha Marcus
Mark and Liza
Los Angeles, California