Obituary of Ilisa Dawn Sulner

Ilisa Sulner

 Ilisa Dawn Sulner, 65, of Sandisfield, died Saturday February 13, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ilisa was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on December 2, 1955 daughter of Irving and Eleanor (Rifkin) Malchatsky. She was a graduate of Tilden High School class of 1971. Ilisa went on to graduate from Brooklyn College in 1975, attained a Master’s Degree from Adelphi University and her Ed.D. from St. John’s University. She worked as an educator for thirty-five years for the NYC Department of Education. Ilisa was a member of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire County, the Otis Cultural Society and she wrote for the Otis Observer. Ilisa is survived by her loving husband, Andrew B. Sulner, her daughter, Farrah S. Wax and husband, Benjamin, two granddaughters, Makayla and Effie, who were the loves of her life, and her dog, Sadie.  She was a surrogate mom, g-ma, and sister to many.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Ilisa’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through

4 Responses to Obituary of Ilisa Dawn Sulner

  1. Andy and Farah, My deepest condolences. Ilisa is a gem. She will be missed by many – her family, her peers, her students and friends.
    Ron Kahn and Phoebe Burnstein.

  2. I am ever grateful for having known Ilisa. She hired me in 2013 at P721X and I became a key member of her staff. She was a great leader and was respected by her staff and students. A truly dedicated educator who could inspire greatness in her people.

  3. My condolences to the family of Dr. Sulner. It was through her leadership that I was able to transition from paraprofessional to teacher at P53K. I remember her saying, “The minute you get your degree let me know!” She kept her word. She will be missed.

  4. I was so sorry to hear yesterday about Iliisa’s passing. We had many meaningful conversations and lots of laughs. She was a unique person with many skills and talents. Farah, she was so excited when you gave birth to her beloved granddaughters. Cherish her memory!
    Pat and John

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