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Claire Syra (Ravelson) Michelman

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Claire Syra (Ravelson) Michelman Obituary
Claire Syra Michelman (nee Ravelson)

Age 87, left this life on May 10, 2017 to join Philip Michelman, her beloved husband of 45 years who passed away on February 17, 1996.

Claire and Phil met in Junior High School and shared a lifelong love. Claire was a devoted wife and mother who grew up in Worcester, MA and moved her family to Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and back to Delaware to support Phil's career, before retiring to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in 2001. Claire was a dedicated homemaker and "soccer mom" before the term was invented and was involved in supporting her boys, but more importantly, her community through her extensive work with the American Medical Center at Denver (Cancer Research) and her leadership in the Congregation Beth Emeth Sisterhood in Wilmington, DE.

Known by her friends and staff at Vicars Landing as one of their nicest residents, Claire enjoyed her new life and the friends that she made over her 16 years as a Floridian. Claire was 1 of 6 children and is the last of the greatest generation of her parents, Samuel and Anna (nee Margolis) Ravelson who predeceased her. She is also predeceased by brothers, Milton (Dorothy) Ravelson, Arthur (Rose) Ravelson, and Harold Ravelson; as well as sisters, Sylvia (Alfred) Bloomfield and Rozlyn (James) Joseph. Claire is survived by sons, Mark of Philadelphia, PA and Jeffrey (Maureen) of Atlantic Beach, FL; her sister-in-law, Edith Ravelson of Worcester, MA. She always had a dear love for her many nieces and nephews who she often babysat when they were young children.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the (


Published in The News Journal from May 18 to May 20, 2017
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