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Edna S. Mittleman


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Edna S. Mittleman Obituary
Edna S. Mittleman of Evanston, IL died on December 27 after a short illness. She was born in Bronx, New York on July 24, 1926 to Louis and Rose Kamener. She grew up in the Bronx, and also in a summer house her father built near the small town of Adams Corners, NY. That is where she got her love of nature.She attended Hunter College in New York, married Joseph Adelson, and traveled across the country by train to Berkeley California. She studied with, among others, Erik Erickson, and got Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of California. During the 50s and 60s Edna was content to be a faculty wife and mother to three sons, first in Bennington Vermont and then Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Ann Arbor she met child psychoanalyst Selma Fraiberg, joined the Child Development Project and began a career in infant mental health. She earned a second Master's degree from the University of Michigan, and co-authored the influential paper "Ghosts in the Nursery" with Selma Fraiberg and Vivian Shapiro.She survived breast cancer, a divorce and being widowed twice. Her enthusiasms included handicrafts, tai chi, chorale singing and crows.She leaves behind her husband Dr. Edwin Mills, her brother, Basil (Doris) Kamener, sons Lawrence (Pamela) Adelson, Edward (Ruth Rosenholtz) Adelson, Paul (Lynne Westphal) Adelson, stepdaughters Lisa Fraiberg and Meg (Gordon) Billheimer and stepson Guy (Deborah) Mittleman. She took great pleasure in her granddaughters Emily (Michael Polito), Sarah and Robin, and her great-grandson William Polito.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Encore Illinois https://encoreillinois.org/donate/ or Clearbrook https://www.clearbrook.org.Info: www.donnellanfuneral.com or 847-675-1990.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 13, 2019
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