Erma Love Gimbel

March 8, 1929February 3, 2019

Erma Jean Love Gimbel grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High School and Ohio State University, Kappa Alpha Theta. She moved to NYC and eventually Morristown, N.J. where she raised her young children (having had 4 in 5 years). She shared with them her love of musical theater, always a Broadway show on the record player and a soft-shoe tap while she cooked. Several years later her dachshund Siggy performed at the annual OSB Christmas Stroll, singing and "playing" the piano while developing a devoted following and bringing joy to all that saw him.

Erma was a woman of remarkable energy and creativity. She was known to decorate a living room by sewing everything from elaborate draperies to slipcovers, having already mastered a multitude of elaborate costumes for her kids. Erma was also competitive in tennis and golf. She loved playing golf at Fenwick. She became a leader in every group she joined, from the PTA in her children's grade schools, fund raising for the Morris Museum, Old Saybrook Garden Club and its' Light Up Old Saybrook project, and was an active member of AAUW. She thoroughly enjoyed learning technology, and delivering creative newsletters and press releases.

Erma passed away on Feb 3, 2019 at the age of 89. She was a woman before her time, and her perspective, intelligence, and sense of humor will truly be missed.

She is survived by her 4 children and their families including 2 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the ASPCA.


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Erma Love Gimbel

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Donna Donna Wise

February 10, 2019

Meeting Erma was a treasured gift. We shared all our best kept secrets in a short about of time . Erma taught me to be tough and endure . Humor was a huge part of our friendship . I will miss her immensely and keep her close to my heart . Loving Erma included loving her children . The gift that keeps on giving . Forever missed , however , forever blessed am I for knowing Erma Gimbel .


February 9, 2019

Erma a great friend who treasured her past memories, always jumping into new adventures while keeping her past up to date. She gave so much pleasure to her family and friends. I will truly miss my dear friend Erm., Always, Jeannie

Jenny Shaw

February 9, 2019

Erma was certainly larger than life ; and she truly experienced a “ joie de vie “ throughout her life. We were fortunate to know “Aunt Erma” through her long UA connection with our parents -her classmates- Jeanne, Tom, and Carolyn. I know my Mom will miss her. Her memory will certainly live on.
Jenny and Jay