May 20, 2022


Shirley Sullum, 99, of East Dorrance Street, Kingston, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2022.  Born in Ashley on April 3, 1923, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Gussie Heller and sister to Esther Bratkowsky, Ralph Heller, and Ruth Hollander.


Shirley was a devoted daughter to her parents, who immigrated from Russia. She helped them acclimate to American life and, as a child, worked at their cafe and grocery store.


Shirley met her husband, the late Sidney Sullum, when she was just 14 years old. They married in 1942 and enjoyed a beautiful partnership for 64 years, devoted to one another in good times and bad. 


While family was always Shirley’s priority, she was passionate about justice, community, learning, and helping others. Shirley was a member of Temple Israel Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women, and was an Eternal Light member of Temple Israel. Shirley worked at her husband’s businesses and volunteered for the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.


Shirley was predeceased by her parents, husband, and siblings.  She is survived by her three children, Dr. Stanford Sullum (Dr. Jean Chin), Leslie Weiss (Neil Bunis), and Carol Newman (Paul); her six grandchildren, Dr. Joshua Sullum (Jessica), Julie Merzon (Mark), Nicole Breslow (Marc), David Newman (Johanna Greenbaum), Brian Weiss (Ruby), and Lauren Newman; her ten great-grandchildren, Evan Merzon, Alex Merzon, Samantha Sullum, Jake Breslow, Ben Breslow, Asher Newman, Stella Sullum, Elias Newman, Easton Weiss, and Brigham Weiss; and many loving nieces and nephews.


Funeral will be held graveside at Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville, on Monday, May 23 at 1 PM. Shiva will be immediately after the funeral service. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Temple Israel ( or CURED (


Arrangements under the direction of the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc. Wilkes-Barre.

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