Randi Friedman

Randi Friedman, age 59 years, of Newton on Monday, November 5, 2018. For 35 years, she was the beloved wife of Lester S. Krumholz. Loving mother of Benjamin & Sarah (Bogucki) Krumholz and Sari Krumholz & Sam Pitt-Stoller. Adored grandmother of Eli Krumholz. Cherished daughter of Morris Friedman and the late Lorraine (Seigelberg) Friedman. Dear sister of Allan Friedman and Gail Friedman.

A memorial service will be held at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Thursday, November 8 at 2:00pm.

Following the service, the family will gather at the home of Lisa Howe & Stephen Kaufer through 8pm. Shiva will continue on Friday from 12 noon through 3pm and again on Sunday from 12 noon through 4pm at her late residence.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 ~ ~ or The Randi Friedman Wellness Grants ~


  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Gavi Bogin-Farber

November 15, 2018

Randi was a wonderful and supportive presence at Northeastern when I was a student at the law school. She always had a smile and an encouraging word, and I am so so sad to hear of her death. Sending love and strength to her family.

Jolie Pataki

November 14, 2018

So hard to believe Randi is gone; it just can't be...there are too many things yet to share, to laugh and reminisce about. Randi of those people you could run into after several years and still feel the warmth, the friendship and connection within a simple conversation. I knew her from Camp Trywoodie in the 60's and again at Camp Kinderland in the 70's. She was a gentle, loving soul, truly one of a kind. A very special part of my past is now missing forever.. So glad she has such a loving family - no surprise there considering who she was - and an adorable grandson, to carry on in her memory.

Judy Ozbun

November 13, 2018

Randi came into my life just a few short months ago, July 2018. From our very first interaction, she had made an indelible imprint upon me as a professional, fellow coach, and human being. In her office, there is a card posted which reads, "There are 3 things in life that are important: the first is kindness, the second is kindness, and the third is kindness. -William James" Randi embodied and exuded kindness, as well as compassion, authenticity, joy, and a deep understanding of what it meant to be human. She was a mensch in every respect, and I will miss her dearly. What a gift to have had even this small glimpse of her vibrant, loving life. With my deepest wishes for comfort and peace to her family and all who grieve her passing.

Eileen MacDougall

November 12, 2018

How absolutely humbling to read these incredible tributes to Randi. As a friend of Lester's, I know how much they deeply loved and appreciated each other, and their devotion sets an example and light for us all.

Michael Marden

November 12, 2018

Josh Levine, Amy Gladstone, Mark Lazarus, Valerie Coleman-Palansky, Jono Cohen, and I got together yesterday to celebrate our friendship with Randi. Karen Berger called us. We remember Randi from Camp and early adult years. She was:
Funny, Intelligent, Sweet, Personable, Warm, Self-effacing, Kind, Gentle, Socially conscious, Awesome, Sweetest smile

Mike: Many moons ago on movie night we saw “All the Presidents Men”. I sat with Randi and Karen. They chatted away during the movie. Every time something happened they wanted to know what is going on”. We miss you Randi !!!

Amy: When Camp moved to Fitchville, I was separated from my group and was very sad. Randi befriended, comforted, and went out of her way to spend time with me. I was very grateful.

Jono: On Visiting Day a few years ago we talked like no time had passed. Mostly it’s just a feeling when we talked- the comfort, the gentle humor, the feelings, her great smile.

Mark: In college at Binghamton I was pleasantly shocked to find Randi living on my same dorm floor. She corrected my “VOTE” T-shirt, explaining that voting was counterproductive because it delayed the upcoming revolution.

Josh: Randi was funny, sweet, cute, and smart - I probably had a crush on her. I know she must have been the same person in heart and essence as an adult as when we knew her back then.

Val: I cried when I heard that Randi passed. It wasn’t that we kept up even frequently, but when we did on visiting day or other occasions or even small things like acknowledging Sari was a Starfish counselor to my daughter. Every contact was kind, funny, humble, and so sweet. She was adored by us all for excellent reasons and will be remembered with love.

Karen: Aside from camp memories, Randi lived in Rochdale Building 13 right across from me in Building 15. I have fond memories of going to her house to hang out or play, or whatever it was called it back then. She was always welcoming and warm.

Love from Kinderland Comrades

Leanne Berge

November 11, 2018

Randi was truly one of the kindest, most empathetic people I have ever known. It is so hard to believe that she is no longer here. She has always been there for everyone who knows her. Her career was the perfect choice - to help and counsel others and always be someone who's job was to provide encouragement and support. I have been friends with Randi since 1983 - shocking how fast the time has gone. I am so grateful that I had a chance to visit when I was in town last month. Although she knew her disease was aggressively advancing, she stayed positive and appreciative of every day and laughed and smiled in her usual way. We talked about many things and I saw her happiness when her daughter-in-law "faced timed" and she could talk to her gandbaby, Eli. I know how much joy she was able to have even when her disease was aggressive. She found joy every day with her family, close neighbors, friends, students, and especially her wonderful family who shared so much love for each other and support. Randi made the world a much better place. We are all lucky to have had her touch our lives. Lester, my heart breaks for you - I hope you will find comfort in your memories and strength in knowing how much love there is for you and your family from all. I can't imagine the magnitude of the loss that you are enduring. Randi was so very special. Love to you and your family from Michael and Leanne

Julie Ramsay

November 8, 2018

We were so lucky to become friends with Randi when we houseswapped which seems a hundred years ago . Our friendship was so special Randi was a supportive an empathetic friend , a caring person with a huge heart and smile
We shared so many adventures with Randi and Lester travelling in Italy ,Portugal , UK , California Virginia and lastly a special trip in July this year to Nova Scotia
Randi’s love for her whole family especially Lester, Ben Sarah, Sari and her darling Eli were immense and I know they will miss her so much . I am certain she is still with us watching over all of her loved ones , family , friends and colleagues

RIP Randi we love you and will hold your memory in our hearts forever

Alison McAlear

November 8, 2018

I'm so sad to lose Randi. She was a wonderful colleague, full of warmth, positivity, and kindness. She always had encouraging words to help us feel seen, heard, and appreciated. That is a true gift and a lesson in humanity I will never forget. I am filled with gratitude to have had her in my life. She will be dearly missed. My love to Randi’s family, friends, colleagues, and all those feeling this tremendous loss.

Sue Rosenbaum

November 8, 2018

This week we lost one of the kindest, sweetest, most dedicated and positive friend, mentor, daughter, mother, wife, and grandmother. Randi’s smile was infectious and she always seemed generously interested in your life. She and Lester were rarely apart and we were always pleasantly surprised to find them taking a walk around the neighborhood. We will miss her positive spirit but I take some solace in knowing that her goodness will be remembered forever as she made this world a better place and definitely left her imprint. To Lester, Ben, Sarah, and Sari- May her memories be a blessing. We know you will carry on her love and friendship.
With love,
Sue and David Rosenbaum

Susan Chaityn Lebovits

November 8, 2018

Randi’s warmth, strength, courage and selflessness will be missed by many, and carried on through her two beautiful children who have also dedicated themselves to supporting their communities; Ben as a public school guidance counselor and Sari in her field of nursing. There are no words to express the depth of this loss.