Estelle R. Klemer
June 26, 1925 – July 18, 2020
KLEMER, ESTELLE ROBINSON, 95, formerly of Pawtucket, RI, passed away July 18, 2020, in Lexington, MA, where she had lived for the last three years with her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and George Sacerdote. She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard Klemer and the late Arnold Robinson. Born in Quincy, MA, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Minnie (Rubin) Liberman.
Estelle received an Associate’s Degree from Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, now Bentley University. As Mrs. Robinson, she was the co-proprietor of Randall Hardware on Orms Street in Providence and then, after Arnold’s death, the sole proprietor on North Main Street for nearly thirty years at a time when it was uncommon for a woman to take the helm of this kind of business. After the store was sold in 1977 and her remarriage to Bob Klemer, she devoted herself to charitable work, including being Chair of the Board of the Jewish Home for the Aged; President of the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association and board member of the Miriam Hospital; and Vice President of multiple committees and Honorary Vice President for life at Temple Emanu-El, all in Providence. She was instrumental in the establishment of Tamarisk Assisted Living and the Shalom Apartments in Warwick and the Jewish Eldercare of Rhode Island. She received the Maurice Glicksman Leadership Award which recognized her exceptional commitment to the elderly of Rhode Island. She was also honored by the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association and Temple Emanu-El.
She is survived by her daughters Carol Robinson Sacerdote and her husband, George, and Lisa Robinson Schoeller and her husband, Richard; grandchildren David Sacerdote (Dorothy), Michael Sacerdote (Mirinda Gillespie), Melissa Schoeller, and Jonathan Schoeller; and great-grandchildren Nathan, Daniel, and Lyra Sacerdote. She was the sister of the late Harold Lazarus.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bernard and Estelle Klemer Endowment Fund at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave, Providence, RI 02906; The Estelle Klemer Healing Artworks Fund at the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association, Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Ave, Providence, RI 02906; this fund purchases original artwork for patient rooms at the hospital; or the charity of your choice.
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. Livestreaming of Estelle’s services will be held Tuesday, July 21st at 12:00 PM on the Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sugarman-Sinai-Memorial-Chapel-111372762258245/
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Estelle R. Klemer
July 20, 2020
I am the daughter of the late N. D. Robinson, who was the brother of Arnold. Estelle was my aunt I would like to share with you what a beautiful, kind, creative ang generous woman she was. Estelle was like a second mother to me Many times I was over at her house for play dates with Carol and Lisa. Of all the beautiful memories I have of Aunt Estelle, she gifted me with an Alice in Wonderland doll puppet for the holidays. Education and religion were very important to Aunt Estelle. There was her kindness when she took me into her house for about a month when our house was burgularized while my parents were away. She was very good with advice when I needed it. Estelle had a gift for good home decorating, and had good taste in clothes. Estelle had a lot of loss in her life--Arnold who died at age 52, her second husband Bob Klemer , and her brother Most people would have given up. She showed kindness in taking care of her father and mother in her home until their deaths. No matter what happened in her life, she always found the sunshine. God bless Aunt Estelle--she will always live in my heart.
Don and Elaine Kallio
July 20, 2020
When we moved to Cambria Ct. in January of 2000, Estelle and Bob were the first to welcome us to our new neighborhood. For seventeen years, Estelle was always a friendly face and a wonderful neighbor. She was of the generation that produced lovely gentlewomen, and she was the epitome of that lady. We missed her when she left three years ago, but were happy for her that she could spend time with her daughters of whom she always spoke with great love and pride. She will be sorely missed, but we were blessed to have crossed paths.