Sugarman Sinai Memorial Chapel

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Anita Shirley Kerzner

October 2, 1923June 5, 2020

KERZNER, ANITA SHIRLEY, 96, passed away on June 5, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold L. Kerzner. Born in Central Falls, RI, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Anna (Mogilevkin) Kalman. Anita and Harold lived for 65 years in the house they built in 1949, in the Darlington area of Pawtucket, RI.

Anita is survived by her devoted son Jay J. Kerzner and his husband Paul Colarik of San Diego, CA; her loving niece Sheila (Glassman) Gleckman and her husband Robert of CT; her nephew Ronald Loupus of FL; dear friends Sylvia Weber and Karen McKenna; two grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins in the U.S. and Moscow, Russia. She was the mother of the late Barry M. Kerzner and sister of the late Daisy Kalman, Morris Kalman, and Dorothy Loupus.

After raising her sons, Anita obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from RI College and Salve Regina University. Degrees in hand, she became a passionate social-work advocate for her adult daycare clients. Among her many accomplishments, she was an active member of her Congregation Ohawe Shalom of Pawtucket and served as president of the Jewish War Veterans Women’s Auxiliary and the Sisterhood. Anita enjoyed time with family and friends, attending Trinity Theater, golfing, cooking and international travel.

Anita studied languages including French, Portuguese and Spanish, and spoke fluent Yiddish which she enjoyed teaching to her caregivers at Hallworth House in Providence, where she spent her last years. She survived Covid-19 illness but succumbed to its after-effects.

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, her funeral services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, Providence, RI. Anita will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, next to her beloved husband of 75 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jewish Collaborative Services of Rhode Island, 1165 North Main St, Providence, RI 02904 or www. jcsri.org.


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Paula Najarian

June 27, 2020

My deepest condolences to you on the passing of your dear mother. Your parents and my parents were not only neighbors for many years but were also very good friends.
May fond memories give you comfort and peace.


Paula Najarian

Roberta Merkle

June 15, 2020

It was an honor and a pleasure to have worked with Anita at Central Adult Daycare Center (now Cornerstone Adult Services). As our social worker, Anita cared for the elders in our care and worked closely with their families and caregivers. In 1985 when I came to Central Adult, Anita was very welcoming and supportive of me as the new Director of the agency. I will always remember the kindness she showed to me during those early years.
I appreciated her sense of humor and her compassion for the older adults and families we cared for each day.
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Know that she made a difference in the lives of so many!
Roberta Merkle

Barbara Aguiar

June 14, 2020

My sincerest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. I met her while working at Crestwood Country Club, back in the 90’s . She became a dear friend to me and always shared the best stories. She taught me the meaning of “mitzpah”. I can still hear her saying to me “that’s my mitzpah for today “. It has stayed with me all these years, and I find myself saying that still today. A beautiful lady, inside and out. I thank God for bringing people like her and your Dad into my life. May she Rest In Peace. Barbara

Philip Sherman

June 11, 2020

Anita was my father Fred Sherman’s First Cousin, and he always spoke
warmly of her. I had the pleasure of meeting Anita and her son Jay years
ago in San Francisco and we had an enjoyable time sharing our family
histories. She was a wonderful person and those who knew her will
treasure her memory.

Philip Sherman

Penny Hill

June 11, 2020

Anita was a remarkable, accomplished and humane person. She was a shining light who clearly lived her strong values with passion as an advocate to help others. Anita made the world a better place for many.
I remember my father, Fred Sherman, Anita’s first cousin, speaking very fondly of her. I never had the pleasure to meet Anita, but she graciously corresponded with me when I reached out to her to find out about family history.
Several years ago when visiting Jay and Paul in San Francisco, my husband Michael and I had a call on speakerphone with Anita and Harold arranged by Jay. That was amazing - they were warm, humorous and entertaining - a lovely couple. I will always treasure that wonderful experience.
May Anita rest in love and peace together with Harold. 💖✡️💖

Lynn & Will Cooper

June 9, 2020

Though we never had the pleasure to meet Anita—we have always felt we’ve known her in the embodiment of her wonderful son Jay. What an accomplished, amazing woman she was...touching many lives. Her light may have gone out on this plane, but it continues burn to brightly in all those whose lives she touched—and beyond. Anita—may you rest in peace and with love💜🦋

Connie Ducharme, NP

June 9, 2020

I feel truly blessed and grateful to have cared for and to have gotten to know Anita over the past five months. Her presence is missed at Hallworth house. Jay, she always smiled when I mentioned your name.

Thank you,

Betsey & Ray Gibbs

June 9, 2020

Although, we were not fortunate to meet Anita, we have heard many wonderful stories from Jay and Paul. May she Rest In Peace with her dear husband and may her memory be a Blessing to all who love her. With love, Betsey and Ray

Peggi LaTorre

June 9, 2020

Dear Jay and Paul...I am so sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She and I shared a special 'link'...our birthday (although I am a bit younger!!). My mom spent several months as a roommate with Anita last year at Hallworth House, that is how I got to know her. She certainly was a character and I must say I enjoyed listening to many of her stories. She glowed whenever she spoke of the two of you (she was very proud) and I was happy to meet both of you when you were here visiting late last summer. Please accept my sincere, heartfelt sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...I am so very sorry for your loss.
Peggi LaTorre