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Eleanor B. (Cohen) Gelman

May 23, 1927 ~ May 25, 2021 (age 94)


Eleanor B. Cohen Gelman

94 years of age and lifelong resident of Indianapolis, passed away May 25, 2021.  Eleanor was born on May 23, 1927 to the late Alex and Anna Cohen.  In 1948, Eleanor married LeMar Gelman and together they raised their family in Indianapolis, where they were active in the Jewish community.  Eleanor was a member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and its Sisterhood, a life member of Hadassah, former vice president of the Hooverwood Guild and a charter member of the Jewish Community Center.  During her later years, Eleanor was a member of the Red Hats, enjoyed playing Mahjong and spending time with her family.

Eleanor moved to Marquette Manor in 2013 and quickly went to work to bring a more Jewish presence to the community.  She was instrumental in developing a holiday observance program for the Jewish residents, encouraging her friends to move-in and served as the unofficial Ambassador for the PR department.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Gary) Cohen and Sandy Schwarz; her grandchildren, Andrew (Brooke) Cohen, Alissa (Andrew) Loewenstein, Dr. Jacqueline (Charlie) Slutzky, Shana (Josh) Thompson and Jonathan Schwarz; 7 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Harold Cohen.  Her beloved husband, LeMar died in 2004; and her brother, Jack Cohen, died in 2021.

Private graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 27th at 1 PM in Congregation Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hooverwood Living, the Jewish Community Center or Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

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