September 16, 2001
Martha N. Schecter, 77, of 64 Lake Drive and 1060 North Northlake Drive, Hollywood, Fla., died Sunday at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Oct. 19, 1923, daughter of Joseph and Sylvia Greenberg Spector, she attended schools there and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944. She moved to Hollywood in 1954.
A homemaker, she was employed in New York City as an accountant before her marriage.
Mrs. Schecter and her husband, Aaron Schecter, were founding members of Temple Beth El in Hollywood, and she helped write and produce the Sisterhood Newsletter. She was a founder and trustee of the Aaron and Martha Schecter Foundation and supported arts organizations and social justice issues.
She also was active in the Hollywood Scholarship Foundation, which helps fund college for low-income children in that community, and was a member of the Coalition of Hollywood Citizens, which advocates limits on city development.
Mrs. Schecter enjoyed the arts and reading. In the early 1970s, she and her family began to spend time in the Berkshires, near Tanglewood, where she enjoyed attending concerts.
Besides her husband, whom she married Nov. 20, 1947, she leaves two daughters, Laurie Schecter of Hollywood and Julie Schecter of Bolton. She is also survived by her two sons-in-law, Gary Isaacson of Hollywood, Fla., and Will Hapgood of Bolton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Hollywood. Donations may be made in her memory to the Hollywood Scholarship Foundation in care of DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME, which is handling arrangements.