Funeral Details

Paula A. Golden

July 27, 1927 - August 31, 2023


Date and Time

Monday, September 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM


KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60615
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Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus
Cantor David Berger


Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 East 67th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
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Golden Residence
1700 East 56th Street, Unit 1701
Chicago, Illinois 60637
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Monday following the interment until 6PM.
Tuesday and Wednesday from 5PM until 8PM.

Golden Residence
556 West Roscoe Street, Unit 1
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Thursday from 5PM to 8PM.

Memorial Contributions

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60615
Mount St. Joseph Home
24955 North US Highway 12
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047
836 South Arlington Heights Road, #351
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
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Paula A. Golden Age, 96

Beloved wife of the late Samuel D. Golden. Mother of Daniel (Gail) Golden, Jonathan (Christine) Golden, Miriam Golden (Susan Borrelli), and the late Anne Ruth Golden. Grandmother of Joshua Golden (Erin Drever), Benjamin (Terese), Aaron, Nathan (Nicole), and Simon Golden. Great-grandmother of Alessia, Carmelina, Samuel, Alistair, and Nadia. Sister of the late Howard Adler, Jr. (Mary Adler) and Joan (A. Edward) Friedmann. Survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services Monday, 11 AM at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago, IL 60615. Interment Oakwoods Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation,, Mount St. Joseph Home, 24955 North US Hwy 12, Lake Zurich, IL 60047,, VOR, 836 S. Arlington Heights Rd., #351, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, or the charity of your choice. To attend the funeral livestream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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I met Paula Golden in 2019 in Sleepy Hollow, Michigan, because I met up with my Italian classmate, her daughter their cottage. She was a lovely woman, with the same birthday as my father, so I know she was sweet, thoughtful and kind. May she rest in peace.

Jean Shamo
August 31, 2023
Let me start with how sweet and caring Paula is. Every family gathering she would always make sure to connect with me. The memories I keep having of Paula is her amazing challah and a most recent memory is of her showing us and playing 5 crowns with all of us in the apartment. It was so much fun that day. Rest in peace Paula. I'll keep playing 5 crowns in your memory.

Aiden Hartmann
August 31, 2023
Such a pleasant, kind and thoughtful woman with whom I connected through our mutual friend Gretel Lowinsky, Paula's and Sam's
long time music and personal friend. I'm so sorry she is gone and send my deepest condolences to her family and friends. I will miss chatting
with her at Temple gatherings.

Barbara Hozinsky
August 31, 2023
Hi my name is Donna Jenkins I had the wonderful opportunity to be the last one to take care of Ms Paula she was a joy to serve and take care of and I did my very best she impacted and changed my life she was a sweet and wonderful lady and I will never forget her kindness

Donna Jenkins
September 2, 2023
Paula was not only a fantastic aunt but a fantastic person. She made so many happy with her music, her challah and her constant
thoughtfulness. We will miss her. Sam and Dede Harris

Dede and Sam Harris
September 4, 2023
We. remember Aunt Paula as always being
so kind and loving. Always so happy to see
We will truly miss her.
May her memory be forever a blessing.
Jeff and Julie Kreamer

Julie Kreamer
September 4, 2023
The funeral service was beautiful, especially the remembrances of Gail and the rabbi. I'm so glad I was able to be there virtually. Paula was my first cousin and the last of the six to die. I grew up in Great Neck, New York and now live in Washington, DC, and didn't see Paula a lot, but we kept in touch on birthdays and holidays. She was always very cordial and said she enjoyed my holiday letters. When I was at the University of Michigan School of Law I spent Thanksgiving with my Chicago family--my Uncle Howard and Aunt Martha, Paula and Sam and their kids--and we went to two concerts a day while I was there. One of them was a youth concert in which I believe Jonathan was playing. Ann Ruth was home for the holiday, and I remember how lovingly her parents and siblings looked after her. I was also glad to be there for Miriam and Susan's wedding. Paula and Sam visited me once at my brother's and my summer place in the Berkshires, after my mother (Uncle Howard's younger sister, Alma) died. There, of course, we went to Tanglewood. I remember thinking that they appeared to know every classical piece of music ever written, and noticing how much interest they had in contemporary music as well. We visited a nearby music camp that the grandson of a couple of their friends was attending. It is evident that Paula led a beautiful and consequential life, making the world a better and more beautiful place for all whom she touched. I will miss her. I wish love and comfort to all of her family. Jo

Joanna London
September 4, 2023
I really got to know and love Paula via KAMII's thrift shop, Dollars and Cents. I loved her sense of humor, love of music, wonderful family and baking! Before my son Ben's bar mitzvah, Paula invited us over to make challah. It was divine and so was Paula.

Nikki Stein
September 4, 2023
My deepest condolences on the passing of Paula.

I am a resident of 1700 who had the good fortune to meet Paula soon after I moved in the building in 2018. We met at the 1700 Game Night playing with bridge with other residents. We struck up an acquaintance - also sharing interests in music, opera, cooking, and Scrabble.

During the 2019 season of UChicago Presents (before the pandemic), we attended several concerts together. It was such joy to do so. Following the concerts, Paula would invite me to #1701 for tea (rooibos) and a dessert and I got to know her more then. And once the pandemic was over, Paula would ask me to stop by and share in a bowl of her homemade beef barley or chicken soup. Always a treat. I marveled at her soup making!

And other times, we visited by phone.

Several years ago, I was planning to be in the South Haven area and mentioned that to Paula. She asked if I would stop by the Golden Cottage which I did - and we had a short visit. I enjoyed being there and learning more about the cottage. And I was fascinated by the framed newspapers that spoke to the history of the area. (I love history.)

I'm a longtime colleague of KAM Board member Joan Pomaranc who is pleased that I had the opportunity to get to know Paula. I'm also a friend of Susan J. van der Meulen and met Norma several times- and Susan and I have shared our memories of Paula. Susan has told me of her parents' friendship with Paula and Sam - and their music making.

Though I only knew Paula for a short number of years, I cherish having met her. Her joie de vivre and wonderful sense of humor have enriched my life. I am blessed.

Dottie Jeffries
1700, #403

Dottie Jeffries
September 5, 2023
My sincere condolences to the Golden family on the loss of Paula.
I had the pleasure of knowing her, Sam And Annie at Mt. St. Joseph home. They both were very generous in all areas of their talents.
Rita Raggi

Rita Raggi
September 6, 2023
Dear Daniel, Gail, Jonathan and Miriam,
My heartfelt sympathy for your loss of your mother Paula. I remember great times at her your home with the family musicals and Paula always making me feel so welcome. It's the end of a generation now. All our parents are gone now.
Sending love,
Sarah Appel

Sarah Appel (Shefner)
September 6, 2023