Doris Abramson, 94, passed away peacefully August 18, 2020 after a valiant battle against Alzheimer's Disease. She is survived by Joel Abramson, her husband of 74 years, her son Larry Abramson and his wife Bess, her daughter Louise Abramson Loveall and her husband Douglas Loveall, her grandson Joshua Abramson and his wife Susanne, her granddaughters Rebecca Loveall and Rachel Loveall, and her two great grandchildren, Jake Abramson and Kaitlyn Abramson. She was pre-deceased by her twin sister Barbara Farber and her brother Edward F. Sheinbaum.
Doris was born and raised in New York City, and developed a love for music of all kinds, with a special passion for opera. Blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, after graduating high school she went to the Juillard School for classical vocal training but at age 20 she postponed her operatic ambitions in favor of marriage and family. Later on, she resumed her training and became an accomplished operatic lyric soprano who performed starring roles with regional opera companies including the Amato Opera in New York and the Long Island Opera Company.
Her singing attracted the attention of the prestigious Friday Music Club of Long Island and soon after being invited to join, she became its president. Members of that club were elite professionals from famous orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera and the NY Philharmonic. Doris recruited some of these acclaimed artists as volunteers to perform with her in nursing homes, bringing cheer to elderly patients. She also chaired their Young Artists Competition that offered scholarships to talented young musicians.
Doris always worked and had a number of part-time jobs when her children were very young. Later on she worked full-time as Traffic Manager for a radio station, and then as the Media Buyer for a Madison Avenue advertising agency. After retiring to Heritage Village in Southbury, CT, she ran their closed circuit TV programming for more than 10 years,
Doris had a wide range of interests and hobbies beyond music. She enjoyed tennis in her youth and later took up golf. She loved flowers and raised beautiful African Violets and shared a passion for orchids with her husband. Doris became an accomplished genealogist producing a 100 page family history including over 1000 names with their lines of descent. She was involved in a variety of volunteer projects, most notably learning Braille and translating school textbooks for blind students.
Her creativity, her humor, and zest for life will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Doris's family would like to express deep gratitude for the love and support of family and friends, and to the staff of the Pomperaug Woods Health Center and to the Caregivers of Always Best Care for their kindness and high-quality care.
Those who are so moved might consider donations in memory of Doris Abramson to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or to B’nai Israel of Southbury (PO Box 350 Southbury, CT 06488) Condolences may be posted on the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home website (www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com)
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