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Ann-Beth Ostroff

October 5, 1944September 29, 2019

OSTROFF, Ann-Beth (Horwitz) of East Falmouth, MA passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 74, after a brief battle with cancer.

Daughter of Myron Horwitz and Selma Mukjian (Horwitz) of Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late Morris Ostroff, MD. Devoted mother of Myles Ostroff & his wife Meghan Moore Ostroff of Falmouth, MA, and Jana Backus of Windsor CT. Cherished grandmother of Cameron Backus and his wife Tierney, Mason Backus, Ella Ostroff, Leo Ostroff, and great-grandmother of Erikson, Beauregard, and Wesley Backus. Loving sister of the late Harvey S. Horwitz and his surviving wife Marti.

She took great pride in community service through her social work career. She focused her efforts toward supporting the elderly and hospice services. She found great satisfaction serving as a member of the Falmouth Town Meeting, the Human Services Committee and the Council on Aging. Her true joy came from family, close friends, the Chabad community and her faithful Schnoodle dog Charlie.

Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 12 Noon at the Falmouth Jewish Cemetery, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA.

Memorial observance will be held at her late residence on Wednesday from 4-8PM and Thursday from 3-8PM.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Chabad Lubavitch of Cape Cod, 745 W Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Ann-Beth Ostroff

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Alix Coletta-Jacques

October 7, 2019


Even though our time together was brief when I worked at Cape Recency as a hospice nurse, I could never forgot how wonderful you were. The staff and residents loved you AB. Your compassion and integrity will never be forgotten. Thank,you for being such a beautiful person 💕 May you rest in peace.

Doug Sofer

October 2, 2019

I am heartbroken to hear of Ann-Beth Ostroff’s passing. She was an incredibly strong, smart, and compassionate woman. I knew Ann-Beth ever since I was a small child growing up in Baltimore just a block away from their house. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of Ann-Beth driving me to school as part of our neighborhood carpool. To this day, I still have clear memories of her being tough but fair. One day I pretended to be sick to get out of school, and when the guilt finally caught up with me and I confessed, I was terrified that she would punish me. Instead, she was quick to forgive me once it was clear that I had learned my lesson.

Today, many decades after the Ostroffs moved away, I feel very lucky to have reconnected with her--even if too briefly. I got to visit her about a decade ago. It was strange and awkward to call someone up whom I hadn’t talked with in decades, but she was genuinely happy to hear from me. When we met up, it felt like rediscovering a long-lost member of my own family. I'm thankful for having been in at least occasional contact on social media since that visit.

I will always be impressed at how much she cared for others in her work and at home, and how fiercely she loved and defended her family. May Ann-Beth’s memory be a blessing. My deepest condolences to everyone in her family.

Deborah Crockett-Rice

October 2, 2019

Annbeth was a great spirit, so enthusiastic and giving of herself. We worked together years ago with breast cancer community outreach. She was a bright and vital human being who endeared herself to many through her generosity of spririt. My deepest sympathies to her family.

Cara Hooper

October 1, 2019

Ann, I worked with you at Cape Regency. You are such a kind and gracious woman. Thank you for all the love and support you gave our residents.❤️❤️❤️❤️

jacqueline zora

October 1, 2019

My condolences to Ann- Beths ' family .I worked with her at Falmouth Rehab and Regency .We had kept in touch since we both worked together last and enjoyed some nice dinners with another co worker as well . I am so glad to have met and known her .She was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. She was so great with families at work and no doubt with her own as well. She will be missed .
Jackie Zora

Donna Mattison

October 1, 2019

I worked with Ann-Beth at some period between 1991 and 2001 when she and her family lived on Lovelace Drive in West Hartford. I was the supervisor of social work at the Care Facility where she was a Social worker. Fond memories of a very professional and caring person.

Rabbi Debra Hachen

October 1, 2019

Ann-Beth was an inspiration to me as a younger mother back in the 80's in Massachusetts. She and Mo were active in the start-up congregation there and I was lucky enough to be her rabbi for many years. One of her greatest talents was treating 12 year olds as adults - she taught the 7th grade Holocaust class at the synagogue and each week's lesson included a few minutes of her reading out loud to them from Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. Ann-Beth was a woman of great depth and generosity of spirit. So sorry not to have known of her illness and not have a chance to tell her again how amazing she was, as I was able to do with Mo before his death. To Jana and Myles - reaching out to you across the years and miles (now in California).

Jocelyn Vachon

October 1, 2019

As a nurse , working with AB was a pleasure. She always had a kind word and a smile for the patients as well as the staff. She was wonderful with families and her skill and empathy always came shining through. She will be sorely missed.

Ellen McCabe

October 1, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear about AnnBeth's death. She was a wonderful, smart, compassionate, empathetic , caring friend and a person of immense integrity and faith. She provided care for so many people across the Cape at different organizations, she provided guidance and counseling to people and families in need. She was a gentle source of clarity for people struggling with grief and loss.
God speed to her and may God comfort all those who love her. ❤️🙏❤️🙏 Ellen

Anna Heffron

October 1, 2019

Ann-Beth was a dear friend and collaborator on several conferences dealing with pregnancy loss. She will be missed.