Elba I. Schulman
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Elba Cruz Schulman, 78, of Bloomfield, beloved wife of Sydney T. Schulman, lifelong advocate for those in need and the underprivileged passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020. Born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, daughter of the late Jose and Basilisa (Martinez) Gonzalez and came to New York City when she was eleven years old. She was educated in the New York school system and attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor's degree in Human Services. She also attended the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with credits toward a master's in social work. Elba was a most extraordinary Woman to come along in a lifetime. She cared so much for her family, the community, and anyone in need. She led a full life of service to the community, including employment as a drug counselor, family and youth Counselor and Therapist, Coordinator for Northern Connecticut for the Cuban Refugee Entrants Program, Community Educator and, for the last thirty (30) plus years, as a Medical Social Worker for the City of Hartford, where she started first in a new program 30 years ago as a supervisor in the Maternity Infant Outreach Program. She was the Coordinator for the Hartford Mayor's Passport to Success Program, aiming to provide all youth in the City of Hartford with the opportunity to succeed in life. She also coordinated and raised the funds for the annual Festival of Lights program in Hartford where 1000 children receive Christmas and holiday toys. However, that does not tell the full story about Elba Schulman. She has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous community organizations, including My Sisters Place, the United Way Allocation Committee and Y-US, Inc. She has served as President of the Advisory Board of the Institute for The Hispanic Family, President and now member of the Capital Region Board of Directors of Catholic Family Services/Catholic Charities and Charter Member and President of the Hartford Multinational Lions Club. She has served on the Lions District 23B Cabinet in various capacities over the years and has served as organizer and Guiding Lion of several area Lions Clubs, including the Greater Hartford West Indian Lions Club and the Hartford Hispanic Seniors Lions Club. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Health Council, Inc. and Jewish Family Services, Inc. Elba has served as a member of her parish council at Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield and serves further as a Commissioner of the Bloomfield Housing Authority. Elba has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the 1999 Lewis Fox Middle School Outstanding Woman of The Year Award, the Maria Sanchez Award for Outstanding Community Service and a University of Connecticut Certificate of Appreciation for a lifetime of outstanding commitment and dedication to help issues effecting women and children and being a role model for all citizens. Elba is married to Attorney Sydney T. Schulman, the former Mayor of Bloomfield and she is involved in many organizations and efforts in Bloomfield, such as the Association for Bloomfield's Children, School Readiness Council and others. Beside her beloved husband Sydney, she leaves her seven children Jesse Cruz, David Cruz, Julia Miller and her husband Michael, Daniel Cruz and his partner Tammy Cascagne, David Schulman, and his wife Natasha, Robert Schulman, and his wife Stacy, and Marc Schulman and his wife Marnie; thirteen grandchildren: Christian, Adrianna, Matthew, Nicholas, Megan, Lexi, Ben, Tyler, Caitlyn, Michaela, Madison, Karah, and Brenton; and two great grandchildren Aurora and Bella. She is also survived by two sisters, Daisy Gonzalez and Milca Fortier. She was pre-deceased by her sister Lydia O'Sullivan Gillooly. Her family was the light of her life. A Private Mass of Christian Burial was held for her family at Sacred Heart Church, Bloomfield. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Contributions in her memory may be made to either Hartford Larrabee Fund Association, P.O. Box 370 585, West Hartford, CT 06117 [email protected] or Hartford Multinational Lions Club,Attn: President Lillian Ruiz, 48 Lynwood Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or Gardner's House (Breast Cancer Recovery), Attn: Maggie Gardner, 1229 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112, Gardnershouse.org ( to donate through the website). Those wishing to view her Mass of Christian Burial may use the following link https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/24066388. Elba's family will announce a public gathering this summer to celebrate Elba's life when it is safe to gather. The Carmon Funeral Home of Windsor is caring for the arrangements. For condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com. : ?
Published by Hartford Courant on Dec. 24, 2020.
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My sincerest and deepest condolences, and prayers of strength as you mourn Elba's passing; and her memory.

Elba was probably the greatest influence on my college education, my career choices, and my parenting, during our time toegether at UMass Amherst. She lived in Chicopee, and I in Amherst. I was 19 when we first met and shared coffee and meals at the Hatch cafeteria. Even then, she was a social worker at heart. She gave me motherly advice as well. Before her departure from UMass, Elba planted the seed of community work in me. My takeaway from Elba was to be true to myself and to the community, because no matter where my path took me, it was the community that led me there.

I rarely saw her after our UMass days, except for the occasional community activity in either Hartford or Springfield MA. I went on to teach, become a social worker, and give back to my communities in Amherst and Springfield, while Elba's star continued to shine in the greater Hartford area.

I want to thank Elba for her selfless work in the community and for the immeasurable path she paved for mayn women likemyself. Rest in peace, my friend, for you have earned your wings well before being taken to your eternal home. Continued parayers for your family.
Doris Pacheco Mundo
April 9, 2021
Elba an extraordinary, beautiful and loving woman who gave so much to so many and never tired. It is hard to imagine that she will not be present on earth. However painful the grief of this loss, there are so many organizations, children and adults who live, strive and achieve because of her work, dedication and efforts that will go on for generations to come. She was a Living Legend and was honored as such some years ago. Her light will never diminish and her deeds will be the strength of many or years to come. My deepest condolences to Syd and the entire family. These words fall short of the pain of this loss.
Patricia E. Kelly, CEO Ebony Horsewomen.us
Friend
January 7, 2021
Dear Julie and Mike, we just learned of your Mom's passing today. I am SO very sorry for this tragic, tragic loss. We are deeply saddened with you and for you and your beautiful family. Reading your Mom's obit made me smile at the powerful impact one person can have on the world - your mother surely did! We hold you in our heartfelt prayers. May the God of all comfort hold you and all who loved Elba in love, strength and peace. Much love. Jan and Phil
Janet Moberg
December 28, 2020
Sid..Deepest Condolences To Your Immediate And Extended Family. May Our Dear Elba Rest In Peace Sitting At The Right Hand Of Our Lord And Savior.
William M. Brown
Friend
December 28, 2020
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the West Indian Social Club of Hartforfd, we would like to express our sincere condolences to to the Schulman family. Elba was a shining light and her legacy of community service activism was unparalleled. She made a difference in the lives of many disadvantaged individuals. She will be missed.

May her Precious soul rest in perpetual peace.
Errol
Friend
December 25, 2020
Syd and family we are deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Tom and Liz Piacentini
Friend
December 25, 2020
Sydney, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear wife. We send our condolences to you and your family. The few times that we met you with Elba we were drawn by her warmth, her big smile and her ability to bring everyone together. Please keep her memories alive-esp. those that bring you big, warm smiles to you.
Marvin Janow and Rose Lezak
Friend
December 24, 2020
Hartford and Bloomfield communities were so fortunate to have Elba advocate for and support those who needed it the most. Thank you Elba for all you have given to so many.
Steve Balcanoff
Acquaintance
December 24, 2020

“In Perfect Peace...”

Riley and Cerise Johnson
December 24, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Daisy Chavez
Friend
December 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I will miss you dearly.
Daisy Chavez
Friend
December 24, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Elba on the Board of Catholic Charities for quite a few years........she was an enthusiastic contributor to the organization......My sympathy to Sydney and the family.
Paul Pelletier
Friend
December 24, 2020
Elva was a wonderful friend and inspiration - and faithful Rosary prayer warrior. I will sorely miss her.

Sincere condolence to the whole family,

Annette Troutman
Annette Troutman
Friend
December 24, 2020
Sydney and family, you and your family have my deepest condolences on the passing of you dear wife. May her soul Rest In Peace.
Ellen Nurse
Acquaintance
December 24, 2020
To the Schulman Family,
We thank you for sharing your treasured wife, mother and grandmother with us for all these many years. Elba was truly an extraordinary lady who knew how to achieve the best for all involved. We worked on many programs for the HBOE and our beloved City of Hartford. She inspired so many.
Marie Gionfrido Hamilton
Friend
December 24, 2020
I knew Elba through her active involvement with Lions, especially her beloved Hartford Multinational Club. Elba was one of a kind. She will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her. She was such a vibrant person with an infectious, endearing smile. My thoughts are with Syd and the rest of her family and friends. She will not be forgotten.
Heidi zacchera
Friend
December 23, 2020
Sydney,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious wife, Elba. As you know, Elba and I worked together for many years at HHS with the City of Hartford. She always had a loving, kind and generous spirit. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time. Elba was a gem and will be dearly missed!

Fondly,
Renee Hamilton-Jones
Former City of Hartford Day Care Administrator
Renee Hamilton-Jones
Coworker
December 23, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Elba's family. She was an extraordinary human being with a heart of gold for others. Her beautiful legacy of love and service for others will live on. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Wanda Reyes-Dawes & Bancroft Dawes
Friend
December 23, 2020
I’ll certainly miss you, your dedication to multi community services and certainly but not least, the programs and issues we were able to defuse together that benefited the community and private entity partners.

May god have the special place you deserve.
José and Maria Chavez
Friend
December 23, 2020
Had the pleasure of meeting Elba at a couple of the Lions festivities. She was a gentle soul, Sweet spirit, great sense of humor and an infectious smile. she will be sorely missed, Heaven has truly gained an angel. my condolences to Sydney and family.
Mirta Travali
Acquaintance
December 23, 2020
Elba was a humble community leader always helping, coordinating, providing and supporting as if she was in the background but the reality was many things were accomplished because of her strong delegation skills. A beautiful heart, accepting of everyone no matter there background, she was a gentle but strong soul. May she rest in peace. Elba you will be missed.
Carmen Cotto
Acquaintance
December 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to her entire family. Elba was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed.
Milagros Acosta
Friend
December 22, 2020
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