Elinor Silverman Shlien
Elinor (Silverman) Shlien, 85 years of age, of West Hartford, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 after a long illness. She was the widow of Morris Shlien, founder of the Toy Chest in West Hartford Center. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Rapps) Silverman. Elinor grew up in Manhattan and attended George Washington High School. In 1951 she married Morris and moved to the Hartford area where she raised her family and developed lifelong friendships. Elinor was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and loved art, interior design and fashion. She was a member of Beth-El Temple of West Hartford.

She leaves her son, Dr. Robert D. Shlien and his wife Emmeline Wexer of Franklin Lakes, NJ; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Daniel Shlien; her brother, Philip Silverman and his wife Myrna of Pleasantville, NY; and her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Beatrice Shlien. She was predeceased by her daughter Robin Shlien.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson St. Extension, Avon with Rabbi James Rosen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Elinor, please visit online at

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