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Wilma M. Pomerantz

November 17, 1944 - May 2, 2022


Wilma M. Pomerantz, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, May 02, 2022. She was not only a noteworthy nurse and social services administrator but a one-of-a-kind beloved friend to all.


She was born on November 17, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, an only child to Gladys and Jacob Pomerantz. Wilma graduated Weequahic High School in 1962. She attended the American University and graduated with a B.A. in 1966 and achieved her masters in 1976 from Kean College. In 1983 she earned her associates degree in applied science from the County College of Morris and was on the Dean’s list every semester; and in 1991 she received her B.S. in nursing from Kean College Magna Cum Laude.


Wilma began her career in the Newark Public Schools in 1966 and was an early education teacher for 11 years until 1977. She realized her true passion and interest was to help people and so, she started her nursing career at Overlook Hospital in Pediatrics, as staff nurse, in 1983. She then went on to work at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1984 where she spent 5 years working on the Young Adult Unit, with patients ranging from 15 – 21 years of age. Wilma was recruited to work at the New Jersey Poison Control Center/NJ AIDS Hotline – based at Newark Beth Israel and became an informational specialist and coordinated all the training for the New Jersey Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Hotline. Wilma graciously dedicated 20 years there before retiring in 2008.


Wilma continued her service-oriented career after retirement through volunteer work in her community. She spent a lot of her time holding positions on the boards of non-profit agencies working with people living with HIV. Wilma served as President of the Eric Johnson House, now a part of NJ AIDS services. Later when she moved to North Carolina, she volunteered and joined the board of WNCAP, helping them fundraise. She was elected to the Sisterhood Board of the local synagogue. She also worked on a program called Medifind that helps uninsured or under insured people get their high-priced medications. In the time leading up to Christmas, Wilma worked on Bounty of Bethlehem which not only provides gifts for those in need, but it also feeds anyone of any religion. In addition to all her giving, she volunteered for Hospice in Hendersonville. In most recent years, she became deeply connected to volunteer work with Warrior Canine Connection out of Maryland. Volunteer work brought her the most joy. She was always willing to give herself, her knowledge, her resources and helping others in need in the community.


In addition to Wilma’s volunteering, her family and friends network brought so much happiness in life. After moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Wilma stayed close to her beloved friends and family in New Jersey but followed some friends to Hendersonville, North Carolina where she expanded her network of friends. She always had a love for her cats and grew to really love those special warrior dogs. She continued her passion to read and joined numerous book clubs, and oh how she loved her games, Facebook, and coffee. She enjoyed playing Bridge, Mahjong, Scrabble, Boggle, and cherished her beloved circle of friends called the Oy Oy’s. She enjoyed quality conversation including topics on politics, current events, and life and spread joy with her infectious laugh and big heart.


Wilma was a loving thoughtful, generous, dedicated, one of a kind aunt, cousin, friend and citizen. She is survived by her cousins, Bonnie Padilla, Fran Braun Wohlberg, William Siegal, Matthew Siegal and Dina Siegal Bluthardt; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Adam, Andrew, Jaden and Kaylee Cavise; dearest friends, Rosina and Daniel DeFilippo, Marlene and Ray Weiner, Deanna Salpeter; and so many close friends.


Wilma shined bright with every being of her soul and an inspiration to countless people. She truly made her mark on the world. May she rest in peace. Wilma will live in our memories and hearts eternally.


A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a meal of comfort at Agudas Israel Congregation, 505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville, North Carolina.


Donations may be made in Wilma’s memory to, Canine Warriors and/or to WNCAP, 554 Fairview Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 (www.wncap.org.), two organizations close to her heart. Acknowledgments may be sent to:

Jen and Adam Cavise

18 Edgewood Rd

Rumson, NJ 07760



Service Information

Service Information

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Time: 11:30 am

Agudas Israel Congregation Synagogue

505 Glasgow Lane

Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

(828) 693-9838

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