Louise Wildred Silverman Zachs, 108, years of age, of West Hartford died peacefully at home on October 25, 2011, with her family at her bedside. Born on June 26, 1903 in North Adams, MA, she was the 7th child of Morris and Rachel Silverman, who immigrated from Kobna (now in Lithuania) in 1888. She was the widow of William Zachs who passed away in 1959. She was the sister of Fanny Pessin, Mary Silverman, Anna (Tobie) Brilliant, Sadie Sisselman, Abraham Silverman, Beatrice Keshen, Dorothy Weitzner, Zelda (Selma) Silverman and Selig Silverman, all deceased. In 1908 her family moved to 22 Williams Street in Hartford and moved to New York in 1922. Morris Silverman, her father, was a Trustee of the United Jewish Charities of Hartford (predecessor to the Federation). A member of the class of 1921B, she graduated from Hartford High School and continued her education at the New Britain Normal School (now Central Connecticut University). After graduation she worked as a legal secretary in New York City. She married William Zachs in 1931 and they moved to West Hartford in 1933. She had been a cancer survivor since 1955 and was the oldest person to have received a cochlear implant at the age of 105. Louise was a life-member of Hadassah, a yearly donor to the Federation and an avid bridge player at the Hartford Bridge Club where she celebrated many of her birthdays. She was also an avid Scrabble player. She was a former member of Tumble Brook Country Club, Emanuel Synagogue and Agudas Achim Synagogue. With her husband, William, she was a founding member of Beth David Synagogue. At the time of her death, she was a member of Beth El Temple. She leaves her beloved son, Henry M. Zachs of Farmington; and daughter-in-law, Judith Zachs of Bloomfield. She was adored by her grandsons, Eric Zachs and his wife Jessica of West Hartford; and William Zachs and his partner Martin Adam of Edinburgh, Scotland; and by her four great grandchildren: Benjamin Zachs, Jacob Zachs, Zoë Zachs and Sarah Zachs-Adam. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins of multiple generations, and several very dear friends. The family would like to thank her physicians and her caregivers, Carnetta, Jackie and Lesline for their wonderful care of Louise over the past few years.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.in the Sanctuary of Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford with Rabbi James Rosen and Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler officiating. The interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson Street Ext, Avon. The family will observe Shiva at the home of her son, Henry M Zachs, at 181 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington immediately following the interment on Thursday afternoon and evening. Shiva will also be observed on Friday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday evening 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Mandell Jewish Community Center, Hadassah, Hartford Bridge Club, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Louise, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com.