Spanish Steps, Roma, 1987


MIAMI BEACH — As gracefully and fearlessly as she lived each day of her 102 years of life, Lucille “Nanny” Talianoff passed when she was ready, Saturday morning, May 27, just before 6:00 a.m.  Caregiver and companion Keisha Manticquee was by her side, with the comfort of this special bond and surrounded by the warm feeling of her Collins Avenue home of 30 years.

Lucille lived powerfully and intentionally, the driving force behind one of the Miami Beach Jewish community’s most prominent families since the early 40s.  With late husband George “Poppy” J. Talianoff by her side, the couple led by example as champions of civil rights reform during this volatile and transformative period where bomb threats on their Meridian Avenue home, two young daughters to raise and protect inside, were not the exception but the rule.  Their romance was epic, a Rockaway Beach waiter that wouldn’t give up on courting the girl of his dreams, who saw something special in his determination and made it her life’s work to “push him up the ladder”, from Anti Defamation League legend to distinguished attorney at law ultimately cementing a 3-generation family practice.  “Mrs. T” fought unequivocally through good and bad, doing anything and everything especially for surviving daughters Susan Rubin and Marsha Talianoff, fiercely loyal and resolute to make a life and provide security for her family.  Her self-motivated generosity of spirit was acknowledged not only by the American Cancer Society for which she was a benefactor and volunteer, but the unsung heroes she encountered in everyday life.

The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Shepherd “Shep” and Esther Sable arriving through New York City’s Ellis Island in 1898, Lucille was especially alert to the hardship of her heritage and the struggle to make ends meet.  She spoke endlessly of the special love she had with grandmother Sophie, informing her strength and passion to make those she loved safe.  Relentless in her will to succeed, she identified a path for which there was no precedent.  Directing it to happen from the very beginning, she put her one dress to work at Macy’s on 34th Street and never looked back.  Lucille was a woman of her word, of action, of sharp wit and a cunning humor that was stunning to behold.  We admire her spirit of adventure, her incomparable taste and timeless style.

Lucille is pre-deceased by her sister Marilyn Kaufman and devoted and loving son-in-law Mark R. Rubin, and survived by her life’s work, daughters Susan Rubin and Marsha Talianoff (with partner Miguel Pinkas); grandchildren Jackie and Kevin Sayet and Stacie Smith (with husband David) and Jeff Rubin (with wife Janice); great grandchildren Justyne and Judd Smith and Alex and Nicole Rubin; niece Beth Einiger and great niece and nephew Paige and Bradley Auerbach, with father Bobby.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Am, 5950 SW 88th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156.  Honor and continue the legacy with a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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