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With great sadness, Norma (Silver) Silverman passed away on Monday, February 14th, 2022 at age 94 at the Jewish Home. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter after 72 years of marriage. She is survived by her son, Stuart (Lorie) and her daughter, Donna along with her only remaining beloved sister, Hilda Ring. Losing her mother when Norma was only 18 years old, she worked at Kroll’s and Royal Dress shops, Bonds Clothing Factory, Hickok Belt Company, and she was a hostess at McCurdy’s Tea Room. She grew up during the Great Depression with 9 brothers and sisters in the 5th ward at 10 Hawkins St., and she graduated in 1945 from Benjamin Franklin High School. In 1946, she met the “love of her life”, Walter Silverman at a dance at the old JYMA. It was “love at first sight”, and they were married on May 9th, 1948. They were together for 72 years of marriage until Walter passed away in 2020 at age 98. Walter and Norma started their 50 year Carvel ice cream career in 1951. Norma became a natural-born bookkeeper who prepared the Carvel payroll for 50 years! Norma was always family-oriented and loved spending time with her sisters and brothers and her nieces and nephews. Norma was a wonderful cook making homemade soups, cheese blintzes, potato latkes and noodle pudding. She and Walter shared their great love for music. In 1948, they honeymooned in New York City to see Sammy Davis, Jr. & the Will Mastin Trio, plus jazz pianist, Art Tatum at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. They enjoyed attending Broadway musicals and RPO concerts. Norma played piano and enjoyed singing and dancing. A highlight vacation was in 1985 when they toured Israel. Norma and Walter were honored as philanthropic as they ran many fundraisers to benefit Temple B’rith Kodesh, Jewish Senior Life, Sports for Israel and the Jewish War Veterans. Norma was a detail-oriented person as she was as efficient as an accountant. She treasured her large family and her many friends. Norma will always be remembered with great fondness. Like the Irving Berlin tune : “The Song has Ended, But The Melody Lingers On” which was written in 1927, the year Norma was born.
We thank all the caring staff of the 6th floor of the Jewish Home especially nurse, Seema. In Norma’s memory, you may donate to: “Jewish Senior Life” www.jewishseniorlife.org or to any charity of your choice.
There will be a private graveside burial at Britton Road Cemetery.