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Dorothy Ann Bernstein, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died at home in Bridgeport, CT at the age of 82 with Robert, her husband of 57 years, and her three daughters by her side. She was formerly a resident of Easton, CT for 43 years. Born to Harry and Minnie Snyderman of Philadelphia, she attended Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now University of the Arts) on a full talent scholarship, receiving a degree in textile design. She went on to become fabric designer for such companies as F. Schumacher and Co. in NYC. Dorothy also pursued the fine arts, exhibiting her drawings, painting and sculptures at such venues as the Westport Arts Center and Easton Public Library. With her husband, she created Aspetuck Handcrafters. Her hand painted nutcrackers were highly prized at crafts fairs throughout the region including the juried Rhinebeck Arts Festival. She worked in Westport for several years, first at Peggy Kahns and later at The Cats Meow. Dorothy enjoyed her years as a Bridgeport School Volunteer and spent many happy times swimming with her friends at the Westport Y. Her love and humor will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her husband and her daughters, Corinne Gilarsky, Leslie Bernstein and Robin Bernstein, her sister Joyce Joseph, her sister-in-law Beatrice Bernstein, son-in-law Bruce Gilarsky, daughter-in law Grace Cooper, and her three grandchildren, Sarah Gilarsky, Melanie Gilarsky, and Elijah Bernstein-Cooper. Funeral services will be held graveside on Friday, August 8th at 11 AM at Rodeph Sholom Memorial Park, 183 Kings Hwy East, Fairfield. Shiva will be observed Friday following the burial at the Bernstein residence in Bridgeport through 8 PM. Contributions in Dorothy Ann Bernstein's name may be made to the Westport Weston Family Y, 59 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880, a place that gave her great joy.
Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home
88 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 7, 2014