Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center
FOUNDED IN LOVING MEMORY OF:
Lillian Loeb – My Mom was a wonderful, selfless, strong woman who was dedicated to her husband, three daughters, two grandchildren, and beloved relatives until her passing at 93 in 2015. Lil could answer most any question with her intellect and quick wit and was my closest friend. She was way ahead of her time and worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World World II as Lily the Driller. She is the inspiration behind the founding of LBDRC. – Daughter Norma Loeb
Charlotte Rubin – My Mom, Charlotte: My Mom, Charlotte: Her beauty on the outside shined along with her solid heart of gold. My Dad was her life, her children and grandchildren, her heart. She is now The Angel on our shoulders–with us always! – Daughter Ileene Stern
Genevieve Stefatos – Genevieve was an exquisite and magical person; the epitome of motherhood, grace and femininity. Glamorous and animated, her sparkling eyes, mellifluous voice and sensual yet aristocratic air charmed anyone she met. A brilliant performer and intellectual, my mother would light up a room with her “joie de vivre” that permeated the room whether it was through conversation, dancing, singing, offering advice or hosting a dinner party. Everything she touched became beautiful and everyone she knew felt cared for because her actions were carried out with deep feelings of love and unmatched artistry. Genevieve believed in magic and the power of the spirit which she expressed throughout her life. – Daughter Marisa Stefatos
Murray Halper – My father was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A truly kind, loving and gentle man whose family was the center of his life. – Daughter Suzanne Pargament
Estelle Visconti – My Mom had beautiful thick, wavy dark hair with a porcelain light complexion, grey/blue eyes and always a beautiful smile. Although she was very reserved and a calm presence no matter what was happening at the moment, my wonderful Mom could very succinctly let you know what she thought or give a few well- chosen words of direction. She was very generous in her caring for others while raising three kids while my Dad worked two jobs. It was not easy for her. Sharing & using her talent as a Julliard pianist had to take a back seat to taking care of my grandparents also. My Dad worshiped her always and was very devoted to her daily for 12 long years during her battle with LBD. I try to always remember her happy close in my mind as I would treasure whenever she would laugh & smile, as it was then that she would light up the room. – Daughter Susan Visconti
Irving Felsher – My father was born a year before the Great Depression to parents who immigrated from Russia. He was the third of five boys who, unlike most of his brothers, did not fight in any war. Instead, he chose a life of public service as a teacher of English and reading. He is remembered most by the countless lives he touched as a wordsmith and an actor. I remember him for his beautiful tenor voice that stared down the demons of dementia. – Daughter Robin Felsher
Steven Marx – Steve was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He excelled at everything that he did, because he worked very hard at everything that he did. He will be missed and cherished, forever. – Wife Rita Marx
Charles Johnson – Charles was a wonderful father. His love for his children was amazing. He was also a teacher. First, he taught college history, politics, and African American Studies. Then for years he was the beloved Physical Education teacher in a school in Chinatown where he coached basketball and track in addition to getting the children in shape. He could actually teach anything, explain anything so that people could understand the subject. He never could get me to understand football though! He was also a good friend and adviser. He was the most brilliant person I had ever met, and I have known some brilliant people in my life. – Wife Anne Johnson
Jean Brickhouse – Jean, aka Mama Jean, was a successful stock broker (no easy feat for a woman in small-town Texas in the 70s and 80s), a wife and mother of three sons who loved and protected her family as fiercely as a lioness, and every inch the star: self-made, image obsessed, and she never had a thought she didn’t speak. When her neurologist hit her knee with a mallet to test reflexes, she punched him. “No one’s ever done that,” he said. “You’ve never met Jean Brickhouse,” my father replied. – Son Jamie Brickhouse
Dina Merrill – Dina was an heiress, socialite and philanthropist and was the daughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton. Dina was a founding trustee of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and an early director of the Paley Media Center. She served for 12 years as presidential appointee to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was honored by Guild Hall, where she performed on stage for many summers in East Hampton, with the naming of its theater and back theater spaces as the Dina Merrill Pavilion. Her husband, Ted Hartley, has been a major influence in the founding of LBDRC.
Gloria Salem – Smartest woman I have ever known, and was gorgeous on the inside and out. Daughter Elizabeth Rose
Evelyn Rubin – There could not be a more loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A friend once said our mother is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. On top of this, she was a real funny person- a true comedienne. A wonderful lady. – Son Larry Rubin
Sidney Kramer – Lifelong committed progressive, lover of Shakespeare, Homer, Hammett, Van Gogh, Hokusai… Tireless reader, student, teacher, proud Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, remarried at 81. Sole parent to his three daughters for most of their lives. LBD took him from his piano, yet Sidney continued waxing eloquent, and imperiously engaged, commanding the podium of life, until he passed at age 102. – Daughter Laura Kramer-Carini
With special thanks to Ms. Marta Mooney who made the very first donation to LBDRC.