From Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, New York, I received this photo (via the net) of the headstone of Fanny (Fannie) Goldstein, wife of Isaac Goldstein, daughter of Solomon Dornfest and Chaela Stickio.
I shared the photo on the Facebook page ‘Tracing the Tribe’ asking for help in interpreting what was written on headstone. Thank you to Robin Meltzer for her beautiful rendering of this stone.
L1: [abbr] Here lies buried, L2: the modest and esteemed woman, L3: of tender years [she [passed away young], L4: Mrs. Frieda, daughter of , L5: [abbreviation, honorific] our teacher and mentor, Shimon Zanwil, L6: died, L7: 21 Tamuz 5665, L8: [abbr] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.”
Robin went on to write “The honorific before the father’s name, “moreinu ha’rav,” translates to “our teacher and master” or “our teacher and mentor/guide.” “Rav” does not always mean rabbi, it depends on the context. Here, it is an honorific, and does not in any way mean he was a rabbi.” The reason for the clarification was because Rabbi had been used in another translation, which I had questioned. “Zanwill” is the father’s second given name. It shows up with “Shlomo” as a secular version of “Zalman.” It is also often paired with Shmuel. Also spelled “Zangwill” and “Zangwell” Robin continued.