Theda Ruth Fine

April 29, 1937June 5, 2018

Theda Ruth Fine passed away with dignity on June 5, 2018 at the age of 81 in her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her beloved husband Herbert Fine, daughters Leslie FineSmith and Susan Fine, son-in-law Ross FineSmith, granddaughters Elizabeth FineSmith, Katie Weiner, Caroline FineSmith, grandson-in-law Evan Wiener, sister, Alice Solomon, brother-in-law Burt Solomon and nieces Sara Solomon and Rachel Solomon-Parot. Teddy completed her master's degree in psychology and specialized in helping people with medical conditions to manage stress. She loved community and was an active member of Temple Beth Or; she developed and maintained the library for 50 years. Mahjong player, quilter, in her earlier days, a gourmet cook who loved to have dinner parties, she was a woman of generous spirit and kindness who made friends and was helpful to others where ever she went. She will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 11am at Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township, NJ 07676 (212-664-7422). Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Temple Beth Or - 56 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township, NJ 07676 Memorial Sloan Kettering - 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065


  • Herbert Fine, Husband
  • Lesile FineSmith, Daughter
  • Susan Fine, Daughter
  • Ross FineSmith, Son-in-law
  • Alice Solomon, Sister
  • Burt Solomon, Brother-in-law
  • grandchildren Elizabeth FineSmith, Katie Weiner (Evan) and Caroline FineSmith

    Nieces: Sara Solomon and Rachel Solomon-Parot

  • Temple Beth Or
  • Memorial Sloan- Kettering



  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 7, 2018


  • Shiva

Theda Ruth Fine

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Jeffrey, Dana and Ethan Berkowitz

June 12, 2018

When you hear the name Theda Fine the first thing that comes to our mind is her infectious, beautiful smile. She had a calm loving way about her that people and children were drawn too. Back in 2002 or 2003 during a high holy day service the Fine family was sitting in front of us. To the right of Mrs. Fine was her youngest granddaughter, who was around 9 or 10 years old at the time. I could not make out what Mrs. Fine whispered to her, and what she whispered back, but my heart was full when I saw the display of love and affection from a grandmother to her granddaughter. She smiled back at her granddaughter and gently kissed her on the forehead, and then put her arm around her and gave a tender squeeze, during the service. I remember thinking what a beautiful display of affection and love. That was Mrs. Fine though, loving, kind, caring, a gentle and good soul who led her life as a good person. -Most weeks at Hebrew school Teddy would read a story to the children in the library. The 5 and 6 year olds would sometimes call out things during the story and she would engage them in their imagination, thoughts, and most important, smile back. We are grateful our son Ethan has photos and memories of this past year in the library with Teddy. In late September she was reading a book about Rosh Hashannah. Later Ethan said to my husband Jeff and I, "she read about a shofar." Teddy was so dynamic and expressive when she read our son was even drawn to the story, which having a disability is unusual for him to listen. I love this photo of Teddy reading to the children Fall of 2017, and fondly remember this day because many of the children gave a hug. That was Teddy, fill of good vibes, energy and love that you just want to give her a hug. "A kind heart is the fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."( Washington Irving) "A kind heart" that is Teddy Fine. May your memory be a blessing. Hugs and kisses up to heaven.