Friday, July 18, 2008

Shirley (Gordon) Sidran

Shirley Gordon Sidran passed away peacefully Friday, July 18, 2008, at the age of 92. Born in Racine, she was the daughter of Max Gordon and Ida Davidson Gordon, early members of that city's Jewish community.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband Louis Sidran, and went on to earn two graduate degrees in counseling and social work. A lover of humor, good conversation and social causes, she was most proud of her time spent as the Director of the senior day care center at the Presbyterian Home in Evanston, Illinois, during the '70s. As a resident herself at Milwaukee's Jewish Home and Care Center during the last ten years, she remained interested in political discussions and current events, actively supporting the candidacy of John Kerry, and enjoyed reading to her fellow residents from the book, "A Bintel Brief." She remained an active and faithful member of the Jewish community and regularly recited the opening prayer during Saturday morning services at the Helen Bader Center.

She is survived by her daughter Maxine, sons Ben (Judy) and Ezra (Kelly) and grandchildren Leo, Josh and Morgan.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rabbi Martyn Adelberg officiating. Interment will follow at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery.

The family gratefully thanks the staff of the Helen Bader Center for their devotion and care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

1 comment:

Sue Sprecher said...

Dear Maxine, Ben and Ezra,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I'm one of the Savides gals (Susie) and have such fond memories of her--especially the many stories that Kit, Mary and Margie tell about her. She and your father were very dear friends of mom and dad and were people that were affectionately talked of often in our household when we were all growing up. Your mom took care of my sisters while my mom delivered me in the hospital. They all mention that her loud response after my dad's call from the hospital was: "Another girl!!" Her sparkling eyes and wonderful smile will always be a fond memory for me. We were all so lucky to have the wonderful parents we had weren't we?
With love,
Susie (Savides) Sprecher