Gertrude "Edna" Sandman
May 7, 1929 – April 2, 2021
Edna was born in Vienna, Austria, to Herman and Ethel Blaustein. She had one sister, named Hannah, with whom she was very close. The family fled the Nazis and moved to Palestine around 1935. They had a happy but probably austere and difficult childhood in Israel. Edna joined the Israeli Air Force in some capacity, and had a happy smiling face in all the photos of her.
She had a fairytale marriage to her handsome and debonair Henry, and they moved to New York. Edna visited her parents in Israel every summer. Edna and Henry traveled the world, listened to music, danced and enjoyed great food and family!
Edna and Henry had 2 children, Jeffrey and Nina, and although they weren’t rich, they had everything they wanted and were a very happy family. The family traveled and skied together for many years.
Edna hated packaged foods like breads or cakes and was a fabulous cook. She hated technology, sports and games. She loved reading, listening to music, debating, learning about history and different cultures. She was always happy to be around family. Edna was a very social person who was loved her independence and was always curious.
Jeffrey married Nancy and had two sons, Henry and Jordan. Nina married Daren and had two sons, Dylan and Blake. Edna loved her grandchildren. Edna never ever got over the tragic passing of Jeffrey or her dear Henry. She carried pictures of both in her wallet and loved showing them off to everyone.
Edna’s sister Hannah, had two children, Irith, who passed away, and Benny, who married Robin. Benny and Robin are extremely close to us.
Edna spent the last 4 years in New Jersey in a beautiful senior living facility. She loved the live music and danced the minute she heard it playing. She participated in classes and made a few new friends too. However, she always wanted to be back in her beautiful apartment in Chevy Chase, and spoke of her time there with great love and happiness.
Edna was a one of a kind lady who spoke her mind and loved her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.