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Ellen Jane Gelin Obituary
GELIN, ELLEN JANE Ellen Jane Gelin, of West Hartford, Connecticut and Sarasota, Florida died peacefully in her sleep on June 15. Ellen, the daughter of Lenore and William Warshauer, was born on April 25, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Middletown, Connecticut. Ellen married Howard Gelin in May, 1950, and they had over sixty years of a wonderful life together. She leaves four children: Susan Louderback, of Malvern, Pennsylvania; Nancy Aronson, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; Amy McCullough, of Shanghai, China and Sarasota, Florida; James Gelin, of Avondale Estates, Georgia; and eight grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Ellen was active in many volunteer activities. She was a member of Adath Israel women’s groups and Hadassah in Middletown, a board member of the Wadsworth Women’s Committee and Editor of their successful “We Cook Too” cookbook, a board member of Mark Twain House, where she was Director of the Frog Jump festivities for many years, and very engaged with Newington Children’s Hospital charities and children. She was an avid tennis player, known by her friends as “the Backboard”.The long goodbye has ended for her family and friends. Ellen’s beautiful personality and soul endured dementia, and serious physical disabilities, yet she remained incredibly positive and loving throughout her decline. She was a good friend to all, a beloved mother and nana, and Howard’s great love, supporter and best friend. A memorial ceremony celebrating Ellen’s life will be held Thursday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m., Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford, Connecticut. Her burial will be at the Beth Israel Cemetery, West Springfield, Massachusetts after the service with a light dinner following at Sinai Temple in Springfield. Mourners who would like transportation to the Springfield area and for a return to West Hartford should please contact Weinstein Mortuary by June 18. If desired, donations may be made to a or to the Michael Aronson Fund at The Association for Community Living, 220 Brookdale Road, Springfield, MA 01104.
Published in middletownpress on June 17, 2014
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