OBITUARY

Lauren Sterling Perlman

August 18, 1967December 4, 2012

Lauren Sterling Perlman, age 45, left this world after a courageous battle with breast cancer on December 4, 2012, surrounded by her family and closest friends at her home in Pinecrest. Lauren was a stunningly beautiful, bright, sensitive, and caring wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. Throughout her life, Lauren exhibited an indomitable fighting spirit. Her way was to find a way, overcoming any obstacle in her path. She demanded excellence from herself and from everyone else. A devoted wife to Jonathan and loving mother to Zachary and Lindsey, Lauren lived her life for her family. Lauren was the most extraordinary mother in the world to her children. When she decided to leave the professional world to devote herself entirely to her family, she created a nurturing and loving environment in the home. Though her time with them was cut short, she imparted more of her life lessons and beliefs in the few years they had together than most people can do if given a lifetime. She put her passion for life into everything she did from an early age, from her time as a cheerleader at Palmetto High School to her days at Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority at the University of Florida. Lauren always made a personal connection with those around her and charmed them with her eternal optimism, sense of humor and her generous spirit. In 1993, she married the love of her life, Jonathan Perlman, and their 19-year marriage only got stronger and deeper with each passing year. Together, they shared their passion for sports including countless Dolphin and Miami Heat games as well as annual ski trips, boating, scuba diving, and many fun-loving family adventures. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her MBA in Finance from the University of Miami, Lauren traveled up the ranks and held management positions at companies such as Southeast Bank, Ryder Corporation and Assurant Group, where she served as Vice President of Finance. Eventually, she took on her most rewarding job, home schooling her daughter Lindsey for two years while undergoing chemotherapy at the same time. Although Lauren’s battle with breast cancer started at the age of 35 and went into remission for six years, she was able to use her experiences to mentor and touch the lives of many women affected by this disease. Lauren was active in breast cancer support groups, encouraging others to never give up and fight through the adversity. An avid runner, Lauren found tremendous strength with each step, with each mile, with each stretch of her journey. Lauren amazed her doctors and friends by running before each chemotherapy session, including her very last. She will always be remembered for her determination, courage and strength that never wavered even during the most difficult of circumstances. She was a life force and will be missed by everyone she touched. A third-generation Miamian, Lauren was blessed with loving and supportive parents, Dr. Robert and Nancy Pepper Sterling and two amazing brothers, Lee (Kim) and Craig (Janie) who will forever remember her as their “kid” sister - a soccer star and cheerleader at K-Land Park in Kendall. She is also survived by loving brother and sister-in-laws Andrew and Leslie Perlman and Wendy Perlman and Peter Antoszyk. Lauren is also survived by her mother-in-law Rita Perlman; nieces and nephews: Sydney, Brooke, Daniel, Matthew, Jill, Justin, Jordan, Tyler Trevor, Todd and Timothy. She is predeceased by her father, Dr. Robert Sterling, and father-in-law David Perlman. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth David Congregation, 2625 SW 3rd Avenue. The service will be followed by internment at Mt. Nebo Miami, 5505 N.W. 3rd Street. Immediately after the internment, Shiva will be observed and on Saturday

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Beth David Congregation Friday, December 7, 2012

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Shiva following interment until sundown, resuming Saturday at 6:30 PM
REMEMBERING

Lauren Sterling Perlman

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Sharon and Neal Stebbing

December 21, 2012

Everyone that got to spend time with Lauren knew what a special individual she was and will treasure their memories, as I know you all will. She gave all she could in the time she had and will live on forever in so many different ways for so many people. We were all honored to have had some of her precious time.
Our thoughts are with you all
Sharon and Neal Stebbing

Jorge Gata

December 20, 2012

Jonathan:

I was very sad to hear of Lauren's passing. Yours and Lee's family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Cohen

December 18, 2012

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Although I never met Lauren, I know she must have been something special. I know she will always live in your memories and in your hearts. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jill Kaplan

December 16, 2012

Lauren, I miss you.....

I was so lucky to have gotten to know you. You were - and always will be - one of the most special blessings in my life.

Jill

Steven Solomon

December 10, 2012

Jonathan-

While it has been a number years since I last saw Lauren, my memory of her is vivid. She was such a kind, bright and engaging person. I remember you as Lauren's cheerleader, always placing her on a deserved pedestal. When I heard the news today, I was so shocked and sad to hear about what you have been going through and am overwhelmed by this tragedy. You and you family are in my thoughts.

Laurie Flink

December 10, 2012

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December 10, 2012

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December 10, 2012

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December 10, 2012

Greg McKhann

December 9, 2012

Jonathan, we are very sorry to hear about Lauren's passing. Your family and the Sterlings will be in our thoughts and prayers. It was a priviledge getting to know Lauren, she will be missed.