Hope B. Fromson

August 5, 1939January 12, 2021

Hope Fromson (née Greenspan), age 81, passed peacefully on Jan. 12, 2021. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was surrounded by her entire immediate family at home in her final days.

Hope was born in Cleveland Heights to Annabelle and Nat Greenspan. She met her husband, Jay, at Shaker Junior High School in the seventh grade, and they spent 68 wonderful years together.

She is the loving mother of Scott Fromson (Kathy) and Lisa Waxman (David). She was pre-deceased by her son, Michael Brett Fromson (z”l). The matriarch of a tight-knit family, Hope is survived by six grandchildren: Matthew Waxman, Allison Waxman Eardley, Spencer Eardley, Brett Fromson, Noah Fromson, and Halle Fromson. She was overjoyed at the birth of her great-granddaughter, Emory Blossom Eardley. She is also survived by her brother, Ronald Greenspan (Deborah).

At a time during which female entrepreneurs were uncommon, Hope started a party-planning business with two of her dearest friends. Later, she operated it on her own, leading many brides down the aisle and young adults to the Torah as b’nai mitzvot. Hope was very detail-oriented and took pride in perfection. Though planning was her business, coordinating gatherings with friends and family was her pleasure. Above all, her greatest happiness was her family.

A private family funeral service will be held at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel with a burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. To view the service Friday, January 15 at 10:00 AM, please navigate to or click the "JOIN LIVESTREAM" button below.

If the moment did not necessitate strict health protocols, Hope “would’ve had a full house,” Jay said.

Shiva will be observed over Zoom Friday from 1-4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. The Zoom links to Shiva can be found here:

Friends and family who wish to contribute may give to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The Gathering Place, Park Synagogue or Temple Israel - Akron.


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Sharyn Neides

January 15, 2021

So sorry to hear of Hope’s passing. I have so many fond memories of Hope when she lived upstairs of my grandparents. Gary joins me in expressing my condolences. May her memory be a blessing to you all. Sharyn and Gary Neides

Jeff Halpern

January 15, 2021

Jay, it is with great sympathy and sadness that we offer our condolences to you and the family on the passing of Hope. May her memory be for a blessing!

Jeff and Stacie Halpern

Natalie Ttlebaum

January 15, 2021

my deepest sympathy
Hope a beautiful person inside and out
SHe was truly a very sincere individual

Elaine Taule

January 15, 2021

Thank you for inviting me to the service. The service for Hope was just beautiful. I am so in awe of the entire family and your love for one another. May God bless you all with sweet memories!

Elaine and Jerry Weiss

January 14, 2021

Our Hearts are heavy at the loss of our dear friend Hope. We met as freshman at Ohio State 62 years ago. Even though we left Cleveland after Jerry and I married we continued our friendship from afar and spoke often. We spoke of our children and grandchildren and she was so proud of all of you. She was an incredible woman and will be dearly missed.

Tamar and Peter Brosse

January 14, 2021

Peter and I send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Fromson and Waxman families. We have been friends with both families for 30 + years and got to know Hope through family celebrations and Life Cycle events. Hope was a strong , dedicated Wife, Mother, grandmother and recently a great grandmother . She loved her family deeply. We feel privileged to have known her and may she be of blessed memory and Rest In Peace . Love, Tamar and Peter Brosse


January 14, 2021


Elaine Taule

January 14, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell to yet another dear cousin! Cousin Hope was not only a beautiful woman she had a beautiful and caring heart. I remember the wonderful times as children when Uncle Nat and Aunt Annabelle would visit us in Brooklyn. Grandma Greenspan was so excited when they were coming. They drove a beautiful white convertible and Hope and Ronald were in the back sit waving to us. Unfortunately, family over time become so involved with life they fail to maintain those very special connections with family. I am so grateful I was able to reconnect with Hope last month. Rest in Peace Hope! You will always be remembered. I will pray for your family during this difficult time. Give my sister Saundra and Cousin Gladys along with our big family in heaven hugs and kisses from me.

Shirly & Gil Benatar

January 13, 2021

Dear Jay, Lisa & David, Scott & Kathy, and the entire family,

We are heartbroken and so sorry for your loss.
Hope was a wonderful woman with a huge nurturing heart and infectious laughter!
Hope and Jay embraced us as family, and never missed an opportunity to visit with us whenever we were in Cleveland. You have all become our Ohio family.
It was always so heartwarming to see both Hope and Jay at our family celebrations, and it was so incredibly special when they made a long trip in winter to see Tal’s first concert in Ann Arbor. Hope insisted on coming and made us feel that we were not alone and that we had our family there. That incredible gesture meant so much to us, embodies the bond we have with all of you, and it will remain with us forever.

We will all miss Hope Z”L so much and treasure all the occasions that we were fortunate to spend with her.
May her beautiful soul be bound in the bonds of eternal life, and may her memory be a blessing for eternity.

We pray that you find comfort in good memories and may HaShem provide you with strength during this difficult time.
תהה נישמתה צרורה בצרור החיים לעד. זיכרונה לברכה.
המקום ינחם אתכם בין שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.

We wish we could be with you, our deepest condolences. Much love from all of us
Gil, Shirly, Tal and Orri.

Judith Stern Waxman

January 13, 2021

Dear David, Lisa, Judy, and Famiky:

While planning my daughter Carly’s wedding, she always said and to this day still says that her favorite part for all the meetings with Hope. I am absolutely heartbroken to read this today. I am sending all of you my most sincere condolences and love that this very difficult time. Hope you had a heart of gold an absolute was the definition of class. She will certainly be missed by so many. All my love to all of you. Judy Stern Waxman.