OBITUARY

Edith Schaffer Lederberg

October 26, 1929January 6, 2019
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On Sunday night January 6, 2019, the world lost one of its brightest stars. Edith Schaffer Lederberg passed away at North Broward Hospital surrounded by loved ones. For over 30 years Edith served as Executive Director of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County, managing a vast network of resources to provide services to its senior citizens. A beloved member of the community, Edith is one of the foremost experts on senior issues and legislation in the country. Edith served on countless advisory boards, including a stint on the Bosom Buddies committee with Hilary Clinton to inform women of measures to detect breast cancer. Edith was born October 26, 1929, spending her formative years in Freeport, New York. While resources weren't plentiful during her early years, love was abundant in her family. Edith shared special time with her parents, Peter and Fanny, sister Ramona and brother Eugene. Edith shared a very special relationship with her grandmother/mentor Gussie Kramer, who had a profound influence on her future success in the business world. Edith was a star athlete, excelling in field hockey, volleyball, softball and basketball. Edith attended the University of Vermont and Hofstra, graduating with honors, and earning a BS degree in Spanish and a Master's Degree in Education. She taught elementary school for many years in Freeport, New York and later was the Public Relations Director for the Wantagh School District. Edith is survived by sisters Ramona and Eleanor and three children: Carole Cooperman (Mitchell), Peter Lederberg, Joel Lederberg (Norma) and grandchildren Jennifer, Emily (Jon), Arielle (Rich), Aidan and her beloved great-grandchildren Rebecca and Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Star of David Memorial Gardens, 7701 Bailey Rd, N Fort Lauderdale. Burial will be at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst, NY on Friday January 11, 2019. Donations should be made to the ADRC of Broward County, http://www.adrcbroward.org/ in Edith's honor.

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  • Edith is survived by sisters Ramona and Eleanor and three children: Carole Cooperman (Mitchell), Peter Lederberg, Joel Lederberg (Norma) and grandchildren Jennifer, Emily (Jon), Arielle (Rich), Aidan and her beloved great-grandchildren Rebecca and Jackson.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service at Mt. Ararat Cemetery Friday, January 11, 2019

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Joyce BRYAN

January 9, 2019

I met Edith for the first and only time, at The Northwest Focal Point Senior Center on October 19, 2017. Edith was being honored for her incredible service, dedication, and contributions to the center.
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Edith is a Broward County Legend. Thank you for sharing her all these years.

Constance Kelly

January 8, 2019

I met Ms Edith when I started working for one of her dearest friends Ms Rickey Pine. She always gave me words of wisdom. Other than Ms Rickey, Ms Edith was one of the most active, loving, kind hearted, sassy, quick witted youthful woman that I know. I would take walks in the early mornings and she would be driving on her way to work saying with a big smile on her face...I almost ran you over Connie. Love you Ms Edith!! You will truly be missed! My deepest condolences to her family and friends...Connie






Barbara Weinstein

January 8, 2019

Edith was and always will be an inspiration. We attended many city and county meetings sitting next to each other. Edith was dedicated to helping her seniors and anyone in the community that needed assistance.
Edith taught me to be strong, to never give up, to remember what my responsibility was and to fight for what I believed in.
Edith will always be remembered for her goodness and I will always remember her kindness to me.
Edith you were a blessing please rest in peace with all our gratitude

Sally Bondi

January 7, 2019

Edith was truly the wind beneath my wings as I opened a home care company and was new to Ft Lauderdale. She mentored me for years and became such a wonderful friend. No one has a better heart and a sharper mind. And a wicked sense of humor. Those will be very big shoes to fill at the ADRC. I will honor her the rest of my life. My sympathies to her very loved family.

Cynthia Peterson

January 7, 2019

Edith will be forever loved and missed by so many. She always wanted the best healthcare for everyone and especially the seniors and those suffering with a disability. Many of us will miss her because you could pick up the telephone and Edith would always help you or someone in need. God's door is wide open for her and she will be busy organizing her space in heaven. RIP Edith. With Love, Cynthia

Becky Tooley

January 7, 2019

I liked Edith the first time that I meant her. She had a heart of gold and did so much for this County. I loved talking to her and if She didn’t hear from me for a while! I would receive a phone call from her. Are you okay?
Edith will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace Edith, you are one Grand Lady

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