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Yetta Tureck of Savannah, GA, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, and Delray Beach, FL,  passed away at Buckingham South on August 27, 2021.  She was 104 years old. Yetta was the beloved wife of 65 years of the late Michael Tureck and the devoted mother of Arlene (Joseph) Crystal of Castle Pines, CO, Jeff (Sharyn) Tureck of Springfield, VA, and Robin (Lester) Rackoff of Savannah, GA.  She was the grandmother of seven and the great-grandmother of six.

Yetta was born in Brooklyn in 1917 to Mary and Kopel Helfand. Her five siblings all predeceased her. After graduating from Tilden High School, she went to work as a bookkeeper, where she met her future husband. In later years, she became a Medical Coder at Downstate Medical Center.

Yetta was always dressed to perfection, with a necklace to match every outfit. She never missed a week at the hairdresser, and she wouldn’t leave her room without makeup. Even at 104 years old, she still polished her own nails. Yetta was always first to arrive for every activity at Buckingham South, whether it was Bingo, Brain Games, or Dominoes. When she wasn’t in the Activity Room, you could find her sitting outside, working on her puzzle books.

Yetta loved volunteering at synagogue and going to weekly services. At the age of eighty, she learned to read Hebrew and proudly became a Bat Mitzvah. When Yetta moved to Savannah, she attended Congregation Agudath Achim as often as she could. She looked forward to Fridays when Rabbi Steven Henkin would come to Buckingham South with challahs and wine and have a Shabbat Sing-Along.

The family wants to thank Rita Slatus, Janet Sweeney, and everyone at Buckingham South for giving Yetta a wonderful home for nine years. Also, they are grateful for the compassionate care provided by the nurses of Pruitt Hospice, especially Tina, who said, “I never met a person like Miss Yetta.” She definitely was one of a kind.

Burial will be in New York on September 1. Because of COVID restrictions, services and shiva will be private. However, on Thursday, September 2nd at 4 PM, we will gather together by Zoom to share our memories of Yetta. If you’d like to join us, email, and we will send you a Zoom invitation.

Donations in Yetta’s memory may be made to Congregation Agudath Achim – 9 Lee Blvd, Savannah, GA 31405, phone (912) 352-4737.

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  1. Bob and Patty Tatum, Sound Traveler says:

    We had the pleasure of meeting Yetta at Buckingham South when we played concerts a few times a year for the activity department. Yetta never failed to attend a show, always coming early, impeccably dressed and sitting close to the front so we could chat before the show started. She always made us feel welcome, and we could tell she felt very much at home Buckingham South. We will miss seeing her and we will always think of her when we visit there. Such an amazing, inspirational woman who will be missed by many.

  2. John & Veronica Wright says:

    Dear Robin and family, we are sorry to hear of Yetta’s passing. We enjoyed meeting her a few years ago at your home; she was a delight in every sense of the word. She was an elegant lady and will be missed by all. May she rest in peace.

  3. Catherine Kostilnik says:

    Miss Yetta was a lovely person. I met her when my mother moved into Buckingham South. She was always “dressed to the nines!” She was so friendly. She loved talking about her family and her parents. I am so sorry for her family’s loss. She was one of a kind.

  4. Cybele Kaufmann says:

    I was saddened to my core when I heard dear Yetta had passed. I met her at Buckingham South, as a fellow resident of my family member, and got to know her well over these last few years. She was completely inspirational to all who knew her, and very much to me. I remember many conversations with her, sitting in the sun, on the porch, hearing stories about her life, and gaining pearls of wisdom. She always made my heart feel light, and hopeful, and she will be deeply and profoundly missed by so many. I wish her peace, and love, to her family, who I am sure are heartbroken…as am I. Love to you dear Yetta. ❤️

  5. Cindy Baldwin & Lizzie says:

    I brought Lizzie Comfort Dog to Buckingham South to visit with the residents. Ms. Yetta loved Lizzie and we loved her! She was an absolute delight to talk to.
    She had the most beautiful smile.

  6. Jessica Takenaka says:

    I miss you lady you were beautiful in spirit. You were like a young person inside. I will miss you and glad i meant you when I worked at Buckingham. You were beautiful

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