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Obituary - Irlene C. Waldman

Irlene C. Waldman

Date of Passing: February 25th, 2018

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In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Waldman Fund at Temple Emanu-El in Utica, the Ovation Jewish Home and Care Centre in Milwaukee, WI or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research.

Irlene Chernoff Waldman died peacefully on February 25, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one week after her 90th birthday. Her daughter Amy and granddaughter Talia were by her side. Irlene was born in New York City on February 18, 1928. The youngest of five, she grew up on a dairy farm in Sangerfield. She graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University (and was a lifelong fan of The Orange). She earned a Master's Degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She worked in the City for several years before moving to Utica in 1958 to help her parents. She taught kindergarten in the Whitesboro Public Schools and eventually became a reading specialist with the Utica Public Schools. Not long after returning to Utica, Irlene met and fell for Elliot D. Waldman, the Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El. They married on July 3, 1958, and honeymooned on Cape Cod, a place they visited often during their 16 years together. They had two daughters, Amy and Debby. After Elliot died in 1974, Irlene bought a house on the Cape, continuing the family tradition of summers there. After retiring in 1983, Irlene moved to the Cape, becoming an active member of the Cape Cod Synagogue. She also began volunteering at the United Way of Cape Cod, where she made herself so indispensable that she was hired as an information specialist, a job she held for 15 years. Irlene loved reading, playing bridge, completing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, making friends, and seeing new places. She especially enjoyed traveling with her three older sisters, all of whom were widowed not long after she was. Among their holiday highlights were a culinary tour of Asia and a cruise through the Panama Canal. After Debby moved to Alberta, Canada in 1992, Irlene made regular trips to that region. She also leapt at opportunities to attend concerts by her niece, Debbie Friedman, a Jewish singer who died in 2011. In fall 2011, Irlene began a new chapter in her life when she moved to Milwaukee to live near Amy. In 2013, the Parkinson's disease with which she had been diagnosed in 2004 made it impossible to live independently. She moved to the Ovation Jewish Home, where she was lovingly looked after by the compassionate staff in the Helen Bader Center. Irlene leaves her daughters, Amy (Gene Haack) of Milwaukee, WI and Debby (David Wishart) of Edmonton, Canada; her Frolkis granddaughters, Liza, Alex (Tevie Lipton) and Talia (Abbi Huber); her Wishart grandchildren, Elizabeth and Noah; great-grandson, Micah Tyler Frolkis; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and friends. In addition to her husband and niece, Irlene was predeceased by her parents, William and Eva Rollband Chernoff; and siblings, Bessie Pollicove (Sam), Ann Binder (Ralph), David Chernoff (Adele) and Freda Friedman (Gabe); three nephews and two great-nephews. She was especially close to Freda, 95, the sibling closest to her age, who died February 15. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Waldman Fund at Temple Emanu-El in Utica, the Ovation Jewish Home and Care Centre in Milwaukee, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The funeral will be Friday, March 2nd at 11 am at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica with Rabbi Peter Schaktman and Rabbi Henry Bamberger officiating. Interment will be in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.


Irlene was such a warm, caring person! I feel honored to have known her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Myerson

My earliest memories of your beloved mother go back to when you, Amy and Debby, were mere tots, and you accompanied your Dad and Mom to the Cohens, where our families would get together to share the latest news about our colleagues. When your Dad lit up his cigar, I knew there was much to share. That relationship, cemented on the Cape, continued all through the years on the Cape, and through your Mom Claudia and I were able to share in all the good things happening with the greater Waldman family. I am so grateful that your Mom and Dad were among our dearest friends. My heartfelt condolences to you, Amy and Debby. Your mother was a blessing to all who knew her. Hirsch
Hirsch Cohen

Irlene was a wonderly caring, personable, intelligent, loving, gracious lady. We have missed her here on CC. and will keep her forever in our hearts and minds. May she rest in peace.
Susan Sheinkopf

I loved Irlene. She had a huge heart that welcomed me and my children. Iíve missed Irlene since she moved. May God comfort you amazing amongst those who mourn.
Rabbi Debbi Mangan

Condolences to a lovely lady. I always remember Her califlour is a radish salad.
Linda Kipnes

Mrs. Waldman was a wonder mother to two lovely daughters and dear friends, Amy and Debby. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We love you all.
Barbara and Denise Carchedi

Your mom was always an inspiration to me. From the moment I started babysitting for you, she exposed me to a world far different from mine and gave me the gift of lifelong friendships. She will always be a part of you. Hugs and prayers and a wish that wonderful memories surround you now and always.
Bonnie Clendenin

Such a beautiful tribute to Irlene. She was so smart and loving and I loved when she would attend Debbieís concerts and sit in the front row with Freda and Ann and Bessie. May her memory always be a blessing.
Alice Miller

It does my heart good to know that Amy was with her mother at the end.-- Deb Heinzel
Deb Heinzel

Amy and Debby, may your mother's memory always be for a blessing. Wishing you peace.
Pat French

My condolences to the whole family! My parents lived next door to Irlene on Ridge Road. May she Rest In Peace and May her memory be a blessing for all of you.
Inez Bernstein Levy

Without Irlene Waldman, there would have been no Amy and Debby, kids and grandkids. I am grateful for all of the love and laughter she brought into the world. We will all see each other again at the beach one day.
Michele Wucker

Itís been a pleasure and an honor in my life to have the Waldmans as my extended family, and Mrs. Rabbi Waldman, as I have called her for over 60 years, leaves me with many happy. memories to treasure. A life well-lived; as her niece Debbie would encourage, she was a blessing.
Debra Sherline