Ray Van Gelder died peacefully in her home on November 12th, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. She was 94 years old.
Born Ray Gold in New York City on September 17,1919 to Harry and Rose Gold, she grew up the youngest of 4 siblings.
Ray and her husband Jack recently celebrated 70 years of their beautiful marriage on July 28, 2013. They met coincidentally when they both applied and were hired for for the same drafting job advertised in the New York Times. Married after only eight weeks of knowing each other, their only time apart during their married life was the 22 months that Jack served overseas during WWll.
Ray's myriad talents were a constant source of amazement to her family and wide circle of friends. Trained in Industrial Design, her earliest professions were textile design and marine drafting. She and Jack owned a chicken farm in New City, NY, for 9 years before moving to New England. In Conway, Massachusetts, the town they called home for 40 years, Ray impressed those who knew her with her abilities in the visual arts, her gardens that stopped traffic, her highly respected antique business and her skills as an antique show manager. With Jack she shared a passion for travel and together they touched lives and made friends around the globe. A lively conversationalist with a wry sense of humor, she will be remembered for her warmth, loyalty, compassion and kindness to all.
Along with her husband Jack, Ray is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth, son, Robert, daughter-in-law, Elaine and granddaughter, Kiera. A celebration of her life is planned for November 23rd at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA.
The Wrisley Funeral , Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, has charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com