Erika Lore (Goldberg) Robinson


Erika Lore (Goldberg) Robinson, of Arlington, peacefully passed away in her home on Oct. 17 at the wondrous age of 99. Born in Hildesheim, Germany, on May 17, 1922, to Senta (Frank) and Erich Goldberg, Erika was predeceased by her two sisters, Meta Pollack and Sylvia Schimmerman.

Erika immigrated to the United States in 1936 at the age of 13, settling in the District of Columbia. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, and explored a number of careers, including as a research information specialist for D.C. Public Schools. She was a Holocaust survivor and long-time member of Congregation Etz Hayim.

Erika was the beloved wife of (late) Norman Robinson for 66 years; and loving mother and mother-in-law to her three children and their spouses, Ken (Ginny) Robinson of Prince George, Va., Marlene (Jim) Schillinger of Prince George and Lorraine (Bernie) Der of Hamilton, Mass. She was an adored Oma to seven beloved grandchildren, Aaron Schillinger of Detroit; Lindsey (Keaton) Drake of Charlotte, N.C.; Bryan (Rebecca) Schillinger of College Station, Texas; Rebecca (Audrianna) Robinson of Revere, Mass.; Lauren (Scott) Carpenter of Richmond; Eric Der of Somerville, Mass.; and Eva Der of Hamilton. She is also survived by her caregiver, Zeny Belcher, who lovingly cared for her the last year and a half of her life.

Donations can be made to Congregation Etz Hayim and to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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