Edith Gillman, 93, formerly of Middletown, beloved widow of Dr. Louis Gillman, passed away on March 7, 2018, at the Connecticut Hospice surrounded by family.
She was born in 1924 to Russian immigrants, Anna and Louis Londer of St. Paul MN, where she grew up with her sister Irene. She attended the University of MN and during WWll she served as a WAVE in the Navy. As a complement to her husband’s dermatology practice, she became an expert electrologist, a field in which she continued into her 90’s.
Under the GI Bill, she attended the Barbizon School of Modeling. Once her four children were in college, Edith earned her RN degree at OCCC. A prize-winning pianist through her teenage years, Edith was also a lifelong visual artist. Edith and her husband were devoted members of Temple Sinai and honored as Man/Woman of the Year. After her husband’s death in 1983, Edith moved to the New Haven CT area to be closer to her family.
As a favorite mother and friend to many, Edith’s life has been a blessing to several generations of admirers. Edith is survived by daughters Cherni Gillman and her partner Burton Levine; Diane Joy Charney and husband James; and by son Jackson Gillman and his wife Susan Mann. Elder son Leigh died in 2013. Edith was the proud grandmother of Noah Londer Charney and his wife Urska of Slovenia, and of Jillian Estelle Gillman and Avery Elazar Gillman of Onset MA. Edith has two great-grandchildren Eleonora and Izabella.
Graveside Services will be held at 1 PM Friday, March 9th at the Temple Sinai Cemetery, Route 302, Circleville, NY. Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein will officiate.
In honor of Edith, please say a special thank you prayer for your family and those like Edith who have been a quiet, dedicated force for good.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.