Rachel Leah Goldstein

December 1, 1946July 17, 2021

Rachel Leah Goldstein passed away in her sleep on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Raleigh, NC. Rachel was born in Queens, New York on December 1, 1946 to the late Milton and Bella Goldstein.

Rachel lived in Durham for many decades. She loved many things, including Disney, horses, mermaids, art, and her niece, Elise Paliga. She also loved her independence and knew her own mind. She had many careers including as a computer programmer at NC State University. After she retired, she took up photography.

A graveside service will be held at Mount Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst NY on Tuesday, July 21, at 1:30pm. Please click the following link to join: Viewneral ID: 986 1642 6960 Password: 184949

In person services will be held at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh at 5315 Creedmoor Rd on Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 PM in person and via Zoom. Join via Zoom at

Memorial contributions in Rachel's honor may be made to: - American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7017, Merrifield VA 22116 - Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd. Durham, NC 27704 - Temple Beth Or ( or the charity of your choice.


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Ted Goldstein

July 20, 2021

Rachel always mentioned Gailya to us whenever we spoke to her and told us how wonderful she was. Rachel was so lucky to have such a wonderful friend. I'm sure that the happiness she brought you was experienced equally by Rachel.
I remember that Rachel was always outspoken and friendly at family gatherings in New York. She had a sweet and loving personality.
We always loved her photographs and appreciated her artistic talent. Her sense of humor didn't go unnoticed, either.

Elias Torre

July 20, 2021

Much love and prayers to Rachel's extended family and friends from the Torre family. We will always remember how much Rachel and her mother added to life here at Innisfree. Rachel's passion and creativity generated opportunities for great conversation and humor. Not only did she and I share December birthdays, we often blended Hanukkah and Christmas as we shared the festivity of the holidays. Rachel's passion for her view of the world - often revealed through her photography - provided many hours of connection, joy, and laughter.

Paul Bumbalough

July 20, 2021

Rachel always welcomed me with a raised eyebrow, but a quick smile. She had a very inquisitive mind and loved sharing her latest research on a host of interesting topics and unique products. Her voice mail messages always made me laugh out loud - she had a wonderful sense of humor, left no doubt as to where she stood, and she ended almost every call with a question to ponder. Ellie and I have missed her birthday calls this past year, and it came as a surprise to us that when we left singing birthday messages, she never erased them so that she could play them over to brighten her day. She prepared some of the most diversified grocery lists of anyone I know, and whenever I asked if she was sure that getting Twizzlers or Coke was a good idea, she was absolutely sure. She had a true artist's eye when it came to her photography, and I could be anywhere in Durham and look over only to see her quietly setting up an amazing shot. She put a lot of love into her work, and she loved sharing it with others. Rachel, you will be missed.

Gailya Paliga

July 20, 2021

Funeral is 7/20/21 at 1:30pm on zoom.
Please click the following link to join (updated link):
Viewneral ID: 986 1642 6960
Password: 184949