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SILBER, Edna

SILBER, Edna

SILBER - Edna Boca Raton, FL - Edna Silber passed away at her home in Boca Raton, Florida on January 5, 2018 at the age of 106. Edna was born on November 17, 1911 in New York, New York, to Samuel Klein, a watchmaker for Bulova, and his wife Pauline (Garay). She was raised in Linden, New Jersey, worked as a librarian at the Linden Library and attended the School of Library Science at Columbia University. Edna met her husband Carl while he was a student at New York University School of Law. They were married on October 11, 1934 and made their home in Carl's hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York for nearly 60 years. It was after Carl's passing in 1993, that Edna moved to Boca Raton, Florida. During her time in Poughkeepsie, Edna was active in politics, civil service and extensive areas of volunteer work for which she received numerous awards. In 1937, she led a class introducing court room procedures to women who had recently been given the right to serve on juries. It was during this class that Eleanor Roosevelt paid a surprise visit and became a friend of Edna's. Mrs. Roosevelt supported Edna in her "My Day" newspaper column when Edna ran for commissioner of public welfare in 1955. Edna was the first woman president of Poughkeepsie's Board of Public Welfare where she served from 1949 to 1952. In 1957, she was appointed as one of the founding members of the board of trustees of the newly established Dutchess Community College. She held that position for 16 years and became the College's treasurer in 1960. In 1960, Edna was also the campaign manager for Gore Vidal who ran for the congressional seat of the 29th District. She served as vice-chairman of the Poughkeepsie Democratic Committee and was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1964 and 1968. She was a member of the Dutchess County League of Women Voters and the NAACP. Edna valued her membership in the congregations of Temple Beth-El and Schomre Israel in Poughkeepsie. She became president of the Poughkeepsie Chapter of Hadassah and the Lower New York State Region of Hadassah from 1949 to 1952. In addition, she served on the National Board of Hadassah from 1948 to 1952. Edna remained active in Hadassah in Florida and was a member of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. All of her family members will deeply miss and always love her and know that she loved them. Edna is survived a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Robert Reis of Boynton Beach, FL and Buffalo, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Martha of Boca Raton, FL and Wakefield, RI; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Edna was predeceased by her brother Joseph Klein and her sister Helen Budd. Contributions in the memory of Edna Silber may be made to the Jewish Federation of Buffalo or Congregation Shir Shalom.

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