Pauline Brotman, 91, a former bookkeeper, died of complications from cancer Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Abramson Center, a care facility in Horsham.

Mrs. Brotman was the matriarch of her family, noted for her work ethic and strength. She worked as a bookkeeper for several companies until age 88, her grandson Jeff Lubow said, and she routinely shoveled snow into her 80s.

Lubow recalled a blizzard when Mrs. Brotman was in her 70s and determined to shovel her entire driveway in the Northeast so she could get to work the next day.

"It was so important to her," Lubow said. "And, of course, work was canceled the next day.

"It was pretty ridiculous how strong she was," he said.

Born in Camden, Mrs. Brotman was married for 45 years; her husband, David, died in 1985. The couple had four daughters, and Mrs. Brotman outlived two of them, Sheila Lubow and Sonya Conway, her grandson said. Mrs. Brotman lived independently well into her 80s, when she moved in for several years with another daughter, Cay Lana Neimeth, in Willow Grove.

In addition to her daughters, Mrs. Brotman is survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Goldstein's Rosenberg's Raphael Sacks, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton. Interment will follow in King David Cemetery, and shiva will be observed at the home of Mrs. Brotman's daughter Randy Loukissas in Ardmore.

- Michael Vitez