Obituary of Vera Edelman

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Vera Edelman, an angel on Earth, is now an angel in Heaven. She peacefully passed away at her Southfield home on the morning of May 13th. She was born on August 17th, 1923 to Juliana (Zarr) and William V. Kazakevich, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and was one of five daughters. She married Waldo G.A. Edelman, M.D. in May 1943.

Vera was truly one of a kind, and the most loving and empathetic person. She was the most extraordinary mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Raising her eight children and spending time with her grandchildren was her life’s passion; there was nothing more important to Vera than her family. She always put others before herself and spent nearly every waking moment, including her final moments, trying to take care of others. Vera’s hobbies included flower gardening, cooking, music (she particularly loved opera, Broadway, and Pavarotti), decorating her house, and she was a dedicated member of the Ladies Aid Society of New Marlborough, MA. 

To know Vera was to love her and be loved back unconditionally. Her husband’s job took the family all over the country and world, and while they always came back to Southfield, the Edelmans lived in La Rochelle, France, Shikoku & Yokohama, Japan, Shreveport, Louisiana, Crownpoint, New Mexico, Shawnee, Oklahoma, Arlington, Virginia, Washington, D.C.,  and Feeding Hills, West Springfield & Provincetown, Massachusetts. Despite living in many places, Vera made lifelong friends wherever she went. She was especially known by many for her gifts of telling unexpectedly witty jokes, and caring for small children. She also had a special fondness in her heart for all animals, great and small. 

Vera is survived by her eight children, Peter of Averill Park, NY, John of Pembroke, MA, Paul of Southfield, MA, Mark (Cécile Marsan Edelman) of Toronto, Ontario, James (Carol Lewis Edelman) of Monterey, MA, Julianne Kuhn (Eric Kuhn) of Deltona, FL, David of Southfield, MA & Jennifer Edelman (Hal Crine) of Mill River, MA; fifteen grandchildren: Erika, Emily, Renee, Scott, Annabel, Jacob, Lindsay, Tyler, Nicole, David, Alex, Benjamin, Levi, Dylan & Molly; 11 great-grandchildren: Hannah, Scarlett, Abigail, Brandon, Reese, Gabriel, John, Logan, Belle, Lyla & Lucy, (and two great-grandchildren on the way) and many nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Juliana and William Kazakevich, her husband Waldo G.A. Edelman, M.D., her sisters, Stella Kabarsky, Sophie Sizdek, Linda Donovan & Helen Connor, nephew Jeffrey Donovan, daughter-in-law Trish Meharg Edelman, great-niece Julie Anna Ouimet, and granddaughters Jamie Edelman and Leanne Edelman as well as her beloved dogs, Dutch and Wickie & numerous cats. 

The family of Vera Edelman would like to thank the countless amount of people who have supported Vera, especially over the last decade, in particular those who have become extended family members; Hannah Wilson, Tina Perusse and Heather Stevenson. 

To celebrate Vera’s life, we will gather at The United Church of New Marlborough a/k/a The Southfield Church at 2pm on May 29th, followed by a private burial. Donations may be made to the New Marlborough First Responders (who we are thankful for, for their extra loving and life-saving care) or to the American Cancer Society, two organizations close to Vera’s heart. 

2 Responses to Obituary of Vera Edelman

  1. my thoughts and prayers to all, vera was the sweetest lady, keep her memories alive and call on them when ever you need her , hugs to all.

  2. Blessings Family, ..Blessings

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