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Selma Greenberg

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Selma B. Greenberg "Sissy" 1918-2011 BENNINGTON Selma "Sissy" B. Greenberg passed away at her home in Bennington, Vt., on October 8, 2011. Selma, the daughter of Frances and Leon Goldberg was born on September 15, 1918 in Worchester, Mass. In 1941 she married Norman H. Greenberg and moved to Bennington. She and Norman raised their family there and were going to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in December of 2011. Selma was a graduate of Westbrook Junior College and Boston University. After moving to Vermont, she enrolled in art classes at Bennington College and then began a lifelong hobby of creating her own oil paintings and other artwork. She was also accomplished at needlework and was known by family and friends as a great cook who created special meals and desserts. Selma was an avid golfer and canasta and Mah Jongg player. Throughout her life in Bennington she maintained beautiful gardens, especially of roses and lilacs. The smell of flowers was always present in her home. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah, a former member of Mount Anthony Country Club, a cub scout den mother, and a strong supporter of the Bennington Museum, Southern Vermont College and Southwestern Medical Center. Selma was a member of the Congregation of Temple Sinai in South Burlington and was honored with her husband in December of 2009 at the centennial celebration of Congregation Beth El of Bennington of which they had been members for many years. Selma and Norman were proud to have recently donated 96 acres of land in Bennington to the New England Tropical Conservancy for The Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve. Selma supported Norman in the cattle business which he operated until 1949 and then his building supplies business H. Greenberg and Son, Inc. on whose board she served for many years. Selma was a voracious reader who loved to travel throughout the world with her husband Norman and to attend Broadway shows and movies with him. Although she loved living in Vermont, she enjoyed spending portions of each winter in Florida, with her friends at Wycliffe in Lake Worth, Florida. Most of all Selma enjoyed spending time with her family and keeping her home a welcoming place for her children and family to visit, especially for holidays. She always had an excellent sense of humor which she maintained even as her health deteriorated in the last year. She was a strong advocate of education and made educating her children a priority. Selma is survived by her husband Norman, her twin brother, Morton Gould and his wife Chippy, of Tampa, Fla., and her younger sister Phyllis Dorfman and her husband Sidney of Worchester, Mass. She also is survived by her son, Edward Greenberg and his wife Sharon of Hollywood, Fla., her son, David Greenberg and his wife Jane of Burlington, Vt., and her son, Steven Greenberg of Essex Fells, N.J. Selma also leaves five grandchildren, Beth, Aaron, Lewis, Brie and Lee, as well as four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A grave side funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon October 9, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont. Shiva will be held on Monday October 10, 2011 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the home of Jane and David Greenberg, 200 Lake Street, #12, Burlington, Vermont. Memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the Bennington Museum or The Congregation of Temple Sinai in South Burlington, Vermont, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 10, 2011
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