11.09.13

Lenore Levy Kaplan

Lenore Levy Kaplan, (9/9/1921 – 11/7/2013) formerly of The Bronx, New York; Westfield, New Jersey; East Northport, NY; and Mexico City, Mexico, passed away in her last home in Whitney Center, Hamden, CT. Daughter of Sidney Levy and Matilda Diamond, NYC; mother of Bill (CT), Susan (Maine) and Paul (California); Grandmother of Hannah (Oregon) and Polly (Toronto); Mother-in-law of Lise (CT); Great Grandmother of Simon (Toronto).

Born in New York City of a Jewish family that originally migrated from Germany in the 1850’s, “Leni” grew up exploring New York City. She graduated from Hunter College, majoring in biology, in which she remained interested her whole life. Active in leftist, grassroots politics in NYC during the 30’s, she married George Kaplan before he joined the Coast Artillery during WWII. She worked during WWII inspecting radar dishes. The family migrated to Mexico where they lived from 1952 – 1964. She and George remained married until his death in 2007. Leni and the family explored Mexico, learned Spanish, and had a wide circle of friends. These included American and Mexican intellectuals, architects, artists and poets. Returning Stateside, Lenore earned a Social Work degree and worked with abused children and their families while living in New Jersey, and with the elderly in New York. Following her retirement in East Northport, NY, Leni pursued an interest in textiles. She was an expert knitter who branched out, learning to spin and weave. Also, she mastered the art of dying wool using plants and flowers from her extensive garden and produced rugs and hangings made entirely from her own materials. When she found out that she had macular degeneration, Leni participated in one of earliest clinical trials that searched for a cure. During her life Lenore remained an avid reader, devouring books on topics as diverse as archaeology, history, poetry, evolution and religion; and she loved a good, juicy mystery. Possessing a phenomenal memory, Leni, more than anything, enjoyed getting people to tell her stories from their lives, passing on stories from her own interesting life, and marveling at the different paths we all take in life’s journey. The family historian, she was able, almost up to the time of her death, to recall the smallest details of events. She will be sorely missed by those who loved her and those whose lives she touched.

Funeral service will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to : Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 21 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770; or Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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