Riverside Memorial Chapel

180 West 76Th Street, New York, NY



November 12, 1990July 1, 2019

Devra Freelander was born in Suffern, New York. She attended Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, studied Studio Art at Oberlin College, and received her MFA in Sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Devra’s art was about the Earth. She created sculptures and videos that celebrated the planet’s sublime beauty and documented its rapidly changing climate. Her work was characterized by brilliant colors and natural geologic shapes, and it was beautiful. In 2017 Devra’s sculpture “Fluorescent Sunrise” was exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City. More recently her collaborative 2019 work “Eventual Artifact” was on display in Times Square. Devra was also a founding member of the artist collective MATERIAL GIRLS. Devra was beloved by her parents Rabbi Elyse Frishman and Rabbi Daniel Freelander, her brothers Adam and Jonah, her sisters Julie Stein and Sarah Perlmeter, her niece Aviva, and countless adoring friends and family. Contributions may be made in Devra’s memory to Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Program at socratessculpturepark.org/donate.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 3, 2019



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Audrey Manners

July 12, 2019

We are so saddened to hear of Devra’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Audrey & Lee Manners

Melanie Roitman Stracuzzi

July 7, 2019

Danny and Elyse,
My very deepest condolences to you both and your families on the loss of your beautiful daughter. She was a rising artistic star with a beautiful spirit She will always be in your hearts. May her memory be a blessing. May you both find healing comfort in the love of all who know you. .
Melanie Roitman Stracuzzi,
Clifton Park, New York

Bob Antovile

July 4, 2019

My sincerest condolences to your family. I cant imagine your pain my thoughts and prayers are with you all....
Bob Antovile

Barry Geltman

July 4, 2019

I just reread the essays Devra wrote for my English class more than a decade ago. One, in particular seemed especially poignant -- it was titled "The Womb" and remains one of the best student essays I have ever encountered. I am so sorry that this world has lost such a creative light.

Chip Rome

July 3, 2019

Meant to pass along condolences from Donna (Epstein Barrows), Eileen and Larry Kugler, and both Avi and Robert (Rome, of course). Also Ricki and George Henschel.

My memory was watching Devra join Danny to sing (at Elyse's retirement? Jonah's wedding?). I saw her only rarely over the years, so that was an unexpected treat, however common it may have been.

Helen and Ted Zeitlin

July 3, 2019

Dear Danny and Elyse,
We are so very saddened by your tragic loss of Devra.
You always had the words for us and everyone at such times,
but we feel so inadequate to try to say comforting words for you.
May the memory of better times bring some comfort.
With much sadness, Helen and Ted

Marcia and Bob Untracht

July 2, 2019

We are so so saddened. Our dear Margaux loved Devra we know. Please take comfort with the happy, beautiful memories as we do with ours for Margaux.
All our love,
The Untracht’s
Marcia, Bob, Ari and Natasha

Mo Kong

July 2, 2019

Debby Waldman

July 2, 2019

Dear Danny and Elyse,
I am so, so, so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you.
May Devra's memory be a blessing. I am praying for you and your family.
With much love,
Debby Waldman