Estelle S. Faier passed away on Sept. 14, 2020 at age 93. Private services were held on Sept. 16, 2020 and officiated by Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and those wishing to attend may contact family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Robert Gerald Faier; parents Julius Sokol and Celia Bronstein; brother, Joseph Sokol.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Joan Faier and Andrew Tannen; Elizabeth Faier and Anders Linde-Laursen; son, John Faier; grandchildren: Benjamin Tannen; Joshua Tannen and Julia Miller; and sister-in-law, Anne Sokol.
Estelle was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Feb. 3, 1927. She graduated from James Madison High School in 1943 and Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Chemistry. One of a handful of women in her class, she received a M.S. in Chemistry from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1949. While at Columbia, she met fellow chemistry masters student, Bob Faier of Omaha, who became her husband of 46 years until he passed away in 1996.
The couple moved to Omaha in 1951. While her husband attended medical school and began his medical practice, Estelle, who had a small child, was a research chemist in a UNMC school laboratory. She also taught nurses a special chemistry class at Creighton and general chemistry courses at UNO.
In the 70s, Estelle returned to school herself to take accounting courses at UNO, receiving her certificate in public accounting in 1979. She became an accounting instructor at Metropolitan Community College (formerly Metro Tech) in 1980 for 17 years. She loved to share stories of how former students would recognize her in a store or restaurant and tell her how much they enjoyed her class, often adding that it changed their lives through learning a valuable skill.
Estelle was devoted to her husband, children, mother-in-law, grandchildren and her own family who did not live nearby. A lifelong community volunteer, she co-chaired the Brandeis University Book Drive; served as a docent at the Joslyn Art Museum; and acted as treasurer for her chapter of Wall Street Women, which she founded. A lover of opera, classical music, art, literature, and travel, she was also a lifelong supporter of Omaha’s cultural institutions.
Estelle, an intellectually curious person, was equally at ease talking about politics, the stock market, and even chemistry with her grandkids. An inspiration to her family, she gave her all to every task she undertook, was persistent in pursuit of her goals, was resilient in the face of adversity, showed kindness and support to those in need in her life, and had a sharp intellect and quick wit.
Memorials may be made to Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Joslyn Art Museum.