Dorothy C Eisenstadt

December 10, 1924December 1, 2018

COLUMBIA - Dorothy Buckler Eisenstadt, nine days short of her 94th birthday, passed away on December 1, 2018. Born in Central Falls, RI she was the daughter of Israel and Ida Buckler. She was a lover of reading, travel, singing, and playing the piano and violin. She and her five brothers and sisters made up the Buckler Family Klezmer Band which was a staple at family Bar Mitzvahs and weddings.

During WWII she worked at Fram as a secretary where practice bombs were made. She also directed plays at Bryant College. In 1950 she married Herbert Eisenstadt and moved to Bristol, RI where sons Michael and Carl were born. Dorothy worked as a legal secretary, played in the Barrington Symphony, sang with the Choraleers, and was active with the Bristol-Warren Players appearing in and directing plays and musicals.

In 1967 the family moved to Melbourne, Florida. She worked as a secretary for RCA at the Tech Lab at Patrick Air Force Base and also at the Kennedy Space Center. While living in Florida, she played violin with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

The family moved to Columbia, SC in 1970 where they made a great group of friends and entertained often. Dorothy and Herb were devoted to each other and enjoyed a very happy marriage of 38 years. Dorothy worked as a legal secretary until retiring at age 71. She was a long time member of Beth Shalom Synagogue and loved to sing there. For years not a musical program was presented at the Shul without Dorothy having a hand in it. Her specialty was singing the Hashkiveinu every year at the High Holy Days. She enjoyed playing Bridge, Mah Jong, and the great friends she made over coffee at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by son, Carl Eisenstadt and his wife Terri, daughter-in-law, Debbi, grandchildren, Emily, Mark (Melissa), and Keith Eisenstadt, and two great grandchildren, Maxwell and Mackenzie. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herb, her son, Michael, and her brothers and sisters. A graveside service will be held at Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery on Monday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tuesdays with Friends at Beth Shalom Synagogue.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Graveside Service Monday, December 3, 2018

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Carole Davis

December 8, 2018

Carl, Chuck and I were sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carole Davis (formerly of Hartsville)

Allen and Gladys Coles

December 6, 2018

Carl, Terri, and Family - We send our condolences on the loss of your mother. From the obituary, we know that she was one who fully lived her life and shared her talents with others. She will be missed.

Timothy and Laurin Hardy

December 5, 2018

Carl and Terri and family, we are so sorry for your loss, your mother's patience and kindness in spite of our seemingly endless adolescent episodes {that extended even into our thirties) continues to be a living example of unconditional love. May your mom rest in the peace she has created. Tim and Laurin Hardy

Donna Frazier

December 3, 2018

Carl, Terri and Family -- John and I are so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mrs. E's love of music and her infectious laugh over the years. Our thoughts are prayers are with you.

Iwana Ridgill

December 3, 2018

Carl, Terri, Emily and all of the Eisenstadt family: my prayers for comfort and peace are with all of you during this time of loss. What a privilege it was to join with Mrs. Dorothy to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Always hospitable and gracious, she was a fine lady who made me feel welcome in her home. I will especially remember singing Christmas carols with her as she played her piano after we celebrated her birthday with dinner and cake. I would mention a favorite song, and she'd start playing it. I don't recall naming one that she didn't know. I appreciated her genuine interest in my family and how they were doing. I'm enriched for having known her--first, as the mother of a dear friend, and then as a friend herself.