Ackerman, Lydia H. DELMAR Lydia Helen Ackerman, born on April 10, 1942, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Lydia was the daughter of the late Mildred and Hyman Grossman of Liberty, N.Y.She grew up in the Catskill Mountains, in Liberty, N.Y. Several generations of Grossmans lived and worked in nearby towns. As such, Lydia spent much of her time playing with her brother and many cousins. She would often recount the fun they had, from "borrowing" family cars for a late-night mountain drive to working at the family business, Grossman's Auto Sales. After attending the University of Miami for two years she left college and married then Fred Ackerman. They lived in Fort Knox, Ky. for a few years while Fred served in the United States Army. Shortly after Sheri was born, they moved to Albany. It was here that they had their second daughter, Pamela. Lydia lived a full life. She was known to her friends to have a funny sense of humor. She loved to spend time with her girlfriends, going to the movies and then out to dinner. She played golf whenever possible and volunteered her time with the Delmar Progress Club and the Bethlehem Garden Club. Lydia loved her family and was blessed with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was known as Meme to them and was proud of each and all of their accomplishments. Lydia is survived by her two daughters, Sheri (David) Canfield of Glenmont, and Pamela (David) Ackerman-Garcia of Fanwood, N.J. Lydia was also the proud grandmother of Shelby (Kory) Asher and Alex and Mackenzie Townsend, and Brandon and Joshua Garcia. She was also the great-grandmother of Emilia and Oaklyn Asher. Lydia is also survived by her brother, Sydney (Kay) Grossman of Fort Myers, Fla., and their daughter Amy; and her gang of cousins some who still live in the Catskills and many who migrated south to Marco Island, Fla. Services will be privately held with just the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Lydia may make a memorial contribution to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit levinememorialchapel.com
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Published by Albany Times Union on May 11, 2021.