Sunrise’s Minnie Pearl, 101, Dies

Here is a note received from Sunrise political leader Barbara Effman today:
Sent: 4/26/2012 3:01:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Sad news to share…
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that our friend and board member, MINNIE PEARL has passed away early this morning.
Minnie and her life partner, Mayor Dan Pearl were a wonderful team who will remain in the hearts and souls of thousands of folks from the City of Sunrise and throughout our great state. Her lust for life and her indelible smile remain fondly in the memories of her friends and family.
Minnie was the founder and president of the ‘Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra’ and rarely missed a performance over the past three decades. She was an avid campaigner and board member of the West Broward Democratic Club, a club which she was an active member for the past 32 years.  Minnie loved the library and you can see her portrait hanging in the Dan Pearl Public Library on west Oakland Park Blvd.
Minnie lived a long and productive life which ended peacefully at the age of 101. She adored her son Richie and his wife Penny, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Please join me in extending condolences to her two sisters, Goldie Greenstein and Anne Weisberg, both of whom live in Sunrise and are active members of our club.
The funeral will be at:
    Star of David, at 7701 Bailey Road in North Lauderdale
    1:30 PM
    Sunday, April 29, 2012
Please join her family as they bid farewell to Minnie
Sent with sadness & love from
Barbara S. Effman
(954) 846-8865

6 Responses to “Sunrise’s Minnie Pearl, 101, Dies”

  1. RedBroward says:

    May she rest in peace. Our condolences to her friends and family

  2. Richard J Kaplan says:

    She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed, along with her husband, Dan.

    When Dan was in office, Minnie would often accompany him. They were a amazing couple.

  3. Mayor Mike Ryan says:

    We are all saddened by the loss of the “First Lady” of Sunrise.

    Minnie was a powerful positive force for the arts, women’s issues, education and other issues important to our community. Her legacy is evident in so many areas of our City, not the least of which was the return home this season of the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra.

    Even at 100 years young, Minnie was sharp, a quick wit, and always shared a beaming smile. Minnie’s presence will be missed at so many of our functions, both the routine and ceremonial.

    Minnie has always been referred to as “The First Lady of Sunrise”, a reference to her inseparable presence with Mayor Dan Pearl and focused commitment to the community activities they shared. Even long after Mayor Pearl’s death, all would greet her as First Lady, evoking a broad, hearty smile from Minnie.

    Minnie’s legacy of dedication to community involvement and the richness of what it means to live in a community will thrive and guide us for many many years to come. We wish her family strength and open our hearts to them during this time of loss.

  4. Lori Parrish says:

    A great lady who will be missed. Minnie and Dan dedicated themselves to the City of Sunrise and its residents. Our sncerest condolences to their family.

  5. John Fusaro says:

    We send our sincere condolences to the Pearl family. Minnie will be missed.


    John, Laura, and Giovanni Fusaro

  6. Sam and Arlene Goldsmith says:

    Our most sincere condolences to Minnie’s family. Knew her and Dan as a devoted and loving couple who represented Sunrise for decades.