Miriam Gellman Wachtel
Miriam “Mimi” Wachtel (Gellman), 90 years of age, of Surfside, FL and West Hartford, CT, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015. She was the widow of Frederick R. Wachtel. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Olga (Warshaw) Gellman. She was in the first graduating class of Lafayette High School, where she was the recipient of the Spanish and French language medals. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA and BS in June, 1945. She proceeded to become an elementary school teacher who taught at P.S. 164 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY and P.S. 276 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY. A beloved teacher frequently recognized by letters of appreciation from students, parents and administrators as a creative, inspiring and innovative educator who willingly shared with her pupils her love of art and music.

She leaves her daughters, Rona Gelber and her husband Dr. Barry Gelber of Avon, CT, and Alison Kaplan of Santa Fe, NM; her brother, Sheldon Gellman of Jericho, NY and many nieces and nephews; in addition to her loving daughters, she leaves behind three grandchildren, Jonathan Gelber and his wife, Christina of West Hartford, CT, Lonnie Gelber, and his wife Karen of Avon, CT and Frederic Carter of Avon, CT. She also leaves behind her three beloved great-grandchildren Jordan, Emma and Ashley Gelber. She was predeceased by her brothers Norman and Richard Gellman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Beth Israel Cemetery, Jackson Street Extension, Avon with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. Shiva will be observed Tuesday immediately after internment until 8:00 PM at the home of Lonnie and Karen Gelber in Avon and Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the home of Jonathan and Christina Gelber in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel - Legacy For Our Future. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Miriam, please visit online at

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