Iris Horowitz

August 8, 1955 – August 5, 2022


Waters of Babylon Chapel

Date: August 11, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM


Mount Ararat Cemetery: 1165 Route 109 (NY-109), Lindenhurst, NY 11757


Daniel & Holly Friedman
60 Winding Way
Watermill NY
Thursday 4PM – 8PM

Steven Horowitz
102 Walnut Tree Hill Rd
Sandy Hook CT
Friday 12N – 6PM
Sunday 12N – 6PM



Autism Speaks
Regional Hospice (Danbury CT)




Iris Anne Friedman-Horowitz died on August 5th in Danbury, CT, near her home in Sandy Hook, at age 66. She passed with her children and husband by her side. Iris was born in 1955 to parents Enid Ansell and Lawrence Friedman in New York, NY.

After graduating high school in 1972, Iris attended Bradley University where she received a BS in Speech and Language Disorders in 1976. She went on to receive a MA in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University in 1977 and an MS in School Guidance from Nova Southeastern University in 1986. A devoted educator, her career spanned almost 40 years as a Speech Pathologist and Guidance Counselor at schools in Florida, California and South Carolina. She was a gifted and passionate educator with a particular interest in children on the Autism spectrum.

She married Steve Horowitz in 1985 and their children, Lee and Pam, were born soon thereafter. Though she loved her career, she always had time for family and friends. As the family moved around the country, Iris quickly developed a circle of friends in each town. Friends with whom she remained close to her final days.

She is survived by Steve, her granddaughters, Quinn and Ella, children, Lee, Pamela, Toni and Adam, brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Holly, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judi & Brad Strober, mother-in-law, Sheila Horowitz, step siblings, Steven & Carla Geisler, Warren & Beverly Geisler, Edward Geisler and Jayne Geisler, and twelve treasured nieces and nephews. Iris is predeceased by her parents, Enid and Lawrence, brother, Paul, stepfather, Mortimer Geisler and father-in-law, Jack Horowitz.

The funeral will be held on August 11 at 12N at Star of David in West Babylon, NY. The family requests any donations in Iris’ honor be made to Autism Speaks and Regional Hospice (Danbury, CT).

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Marsha (Tedford) Coburn
1 year ago

I loved Iris, my dear Chi Omega sister. She came to Bradley University at 17, a second semester freshman when I was a graduating English education major. Despite the age difference, we clicked. The next summer I visited her on Long Island.We saw , My Fat Friend on Broadway and got yelled at by a random lady mad that we were strolling to Grand Central Station afterwards and made us run with her and her daughters. I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty so Iris said we should take the Stanton Island Ferry which did go to Stanton Island but we waved as we passed by. She came up from Bradley for my wedding. Through many moves we wrote or called. She came to a convention in Scottsdale and we spent a day wandering 5th Ave, now past it’s prime but where she wanted to go. Instead of our Western Steak houses , she wanted to go to Lucille’s where we met her high school friend who shockingly was my florist. We shared a magical Chi-Omega reunion in Missouri at Katie’s. Iris was a loyal friend and loved all of her sisters. She loved her Mother and brother Paul, always missing them. She spoke glowingly of her husband Steve and her two beautiful children, but most recently, she adored those two beautiful granddaughters. She is a glittering gold thread in the tapestry of my life and all those who met her. She will be sorely missed!!!

Lisa Behring
1 year ago

Oh Miss Iris, Christopher and I will miss you so much! You helped my son so much from preK-3rd grade at Tassajara Hills Elementary in Danville,CA. He has never forgotten you, digging in a box of rice to find dinosaurs…you were such a light for him in those early years…now, at age 24 he is sad that you have passed but you will never ever be forgotten. You made such an amazing impact on so many children. We will love you forever. Blessed is you family to have had you in their lives.