Doris Isaac Grumbach of Kennett Square

Doris Isaac Grumbach

Doris Isaac Grumbach was a novelist, author of six memoirs, and literary critic. Born to Leonard Isaac and Helen (Oppenheimer) Isaac on July 12, 1918, she died on Nov. 4, at the age of 104, at Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square, PA. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Wheeler, Elizabeth Cale, and Kathryn Grumbach; three grandchildren, Isaac Wheeler, Maya Yarowsky, and Hannah Yarowsky; and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Emily, and Pele. She was predeceased by her former husband, Leonard Grumbach; her daughter, Jane Emerson, and her partner of 49 years, Sybil Pike. Accounts of her life and work can be found here:

There will be no services.

Gifts in Doris Grumbach’s memory may be made to the New York Public Library ( or 270 Madison Avenue, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016).

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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