Sheila Gail Block Lukins, 66, passed away Sunday, peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was the co-owner of the Silver Palate gourmet shop, author of four cookbooks and co-author of four Silver Palate cookbooks.
Born in Philadelphia, PA she was the daughter of Berta Roslyn Block Olderman and Morris Jay Block. She lived in Norwalk from 1944 to 1954, then moved to Westport where she graduated from Staples HS in 1960. She attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts and the Cordon Bleu School in London, and furthermore, graduated from NYU, where she recently was honored as a Distinguished Alumna. She will be remembered for her zest for life through her creative unique recipes with unusual ingredients, which changed the way people eat to a new American style. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by two daughters, Annabel Lukins Stelling and her husband, Peter Stelling; Molly Lukins Burke and her husband Brian Burke; two grandchildren, Bailey and Matthew Burke. She is also survived by her sister, Elaine Block Yanell and her husband, Donald Yanell of Westport and brother, Harvey Block of Branchburg, New Jersey.
Published in The Hour on Sept. 3, 2009