South Nyack Arts Enthusiast, Virginia Garbers, Passed Away

The following information was provided by the Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc.-

Virginia (Schlesinger) Garbers, of South Nyack, died on Monday, July 7th, surrounded by her children. She was born on June 1, 1936, in Western Springs, Illinois.

Virginia’s life was marked by a passion for her community, cooking, dancing, everything Victorian, beautiful gardens and France. 

A gifted communicator with a strong commitment to the arts, Virginia pursued a career in marketing and communications, focusing her talents on nonprofit organizations that were near to her heart. After helping to launch Wood Logan Associates, Virginia worked with the Boys and Girls Club and Friends of Fenway Studios in Boston.

A dedicated neighbor and community member, she was an active member of the Harvard Musical Association and the Beacon Hill Civic Association. In 2007, after two decades in Boston, she returned to her 1960s home in Nyack, where she served on the Board of Trustees of the Edward Hopper House.

Virginia is survived by her sister Lynn Ricci of Indio, California, her loving children: Gordon Gray (Connie) of Vienna, VA; Alexandra Pruner (David) of Houston, TX; Deborah Azrael (Thomas Stoddard) of Somerville, MA; Ruth Azrael (Don Burnham) of Burbank, CA; Samantha Garbers (Scott Adams) of New York, NY; and Abigail Azrael of Arlington, MA; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 20th at 10:00 am at Shadowcliff, 521 North Broadway, Nyack, NY, with refreshments following the service. Memorial donations may be sent to the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, or to United Hospice of Rockland, New City, NY.


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