There is one women that has left quite a mark in my memory. Brookline just won’t be the same without Ethel Weiss. On so many hot summer days while taking a break from summer school I would escape to “Irving’s Toy Store”. It’s funny, when I was young I use to fantasize about running the very same store alongside her. One day 10 years ago I stopped in with my then three younger children to see if she remembered me. She surprise me and said that she did and even recalled my sister by name. That is the kind of person that makes Brookline what it is.
I can’t even begin to imagine the whole that the sad loss of Ethel Weiss will have amid our town. I can’t fathom the idea of her store front missing from view. I only wish I had had the money to offer to buy her story so that her legend could continue. Maybe, just maybe her children will carry on in her name.
R.I.P. dear Ethel Weiss.