Faith(Freedman)Himelstein 92, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died peacefully on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Duncaster Assisted Living in Bloomfield. She was the devoted wife of 52 years to the late Monroe Himelstein, MD. Together they shared a passion for Hartford Hospital, and dedication to its mission, supporting surgical education, Auxiliary initiatives recruiting and engaging new staff, and hosting frequent fundraising events in West Hartford and Naples, FL. Faith was the daughter of Attorney Joseph M Freedman, the first mayor of West Hartford, and Muriel Goodstein Freedman. She graduated from the University of Miami and Columbia University, and worked as a Speech and Hearing Specialist for the Hartford Public Schools. An accomplished photographer and avid reader, Faith enjoyed lively conversation with all she encountered. Faith loved sunsets, the beach, a good laugh, and a touch of irreverent humor. She will always be remembered as a loyal friend and good neighbor, In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers John and Donald Freedman. Faith is survived by two daughters: Mary Himelstein(Allen Cohn) of Avon, and Jane Sheehan(Patrick) of Cheshire and Fairview, TX. She was the adoring grandmother to Lindsay Cohn (Michael Migioia) of Ventnor, NJ, Alexa Cohn MD of Chicago, IL, William Sheehan(Samantha) of Dallas, TX, Victoria Sheehan(Alex Durand) of Los Angeles, CA, and Christopher Sheehan of Delray Beach, FL. She also leaves her three precious great grandchildren, Audrey and James Sheehan, and Miles Migioia. Our family is deeply grateful to the devoted staff at Duncaster for the many years of kindness and support that Faith so enjoyed. Private services were held Thursday, February 10, at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial gifts to honor Faith’s life can be sent to the Monroe Himelstein MD Surgical Resident Education Fund at Hartford Hospital, PO Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022
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Memorial gifts to honor Faith’s life can be sent to the Monroe Himelstein MD Surgical Resident Education Fund at Hartford Hospital, PO Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.