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Selma Cramer

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Selma Moon Cramer ELLENVILE-Selma Moon Cramer, 92, of Ellenville, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at HealthAlliance Hospital Mary's Ave Campus. Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late William & Ida Vogel Silverman. Selma was an outspoken feminist and a passionate advocate for progressive special education. She worked for the inclusion of people with disabilities in workplaces and educational settings. Her daughter, grandchildren, and grandson-in-law are all educators. A graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University, Selma was a veteran who served as a second lieutenant in the Women's Army Air Corps. in World War II. Selma was also a writer and a poker shark who loved movies, plays, and vodka martinis with olives, very dry. She played Texas Hold'em and read Pride & Prejudice every year. For a decade in her 70's and 80's, she spent three months a year in Las Vegas, playing cards at the Circus Circus. Selma is survived by a daughter, Micah Brown, and her husband, Steven, of Poughquag, and two grandchildren, Thea Brown and her husband, Nate, of Washington, D.C. and William Brown, of Carbondale, Colo. A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Montrepose Cemetery at 10 a.m., with Rabbi Yael Romer officiating. Military honors will be provided by Joyce-Schirick Post 1386 Color Guard. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Arlington Education Foundation, 144 Todd Hill Road, LaGrangeville, N.Y. 12603. Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family of Selma by visiting, www. SimpsonGaus.com.

Published in the Daily Freeman on June 9, 2013
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