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Adair M. (Zimmerman) Silverman
May 30, 1928 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Adair Silverman, of Toledo, OH, age 95, died peacefully on October 19, 2023, at her home at Westgate Residential Apartments.
Adair, born to Philip and Eva Zimmerman in Toledo, Ohio, on May 30, 1928, was the lucky middle child of their 3 daughters.
Adair attended Scott High School and Ohio state University.
She met the love of her life (then young sailor) Henry ("Jim") R. Silverman, Jr. and on their first date when he sat down and played the family piano so beautifully her initially skeptical mother, Eva, approved the relationship and the rest is history.
Adair went on to become a mother of 2 sons, grandmother of 6 and great- grandmother of 8.
Family, family traditions, and everybody getting along was everything to Adair.
She was a personable warm outgoing natural people person always making friends of her 2 sons, Hank and Mark, and others feel so welcome and relaxed in her home with a smile on her face.
She maintained many family traditions including "marching the birds" around our Thanksgiving tables every year before the meal while also leading everyone in singing God Bless America.
She also marched for civil rights here in Toledo back in the 60's and worked many jobs helping to put husband, Jim, through undergrad and two graduate schools (optometry and medicine), internship and beyond including great memories later working at Shaxted's in Cricket West for years with great friend and owner, Margie Miller.
She took great pleasure volunteering for numerous local community service organizations and causes.
She instilled and role modeled great values in her family blessed to have her as mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and cousin.
Her favorite color was red including her signature little red convertible, very large red glasses, and lipstick.
She enjoyed golf, tennis and being with friends here in Toledo and in Florida and told us the best stories frequently moving stories about her/our ancestors.
Since returning to Toledo in 2016, Adair always looked forward to her weekly Wednesday dates with her daughter-in-law, Cheryl, for lunch, manicures, and shopping.
Her greatest wish was for a peaceful thriving country and world blind to race, religion, or ethnic background where everyone was safe and free, and always so very "strong for Toledo, T-O-L-E-D-O!"
Adair's family would like to thank all of her incredible caregivers Diana, Jenny, Lesli, Sandy, Yolanda, Richelle, Jessica, nurse Rob, and especially Biana who also helped care for Adair's mother, Eva, many years ago near end of life, as well as so many warm loving and helpful apartment neighbors and manager, Bonnie, at Westgate Residential.
Adair was truly blessed with longevity and a great life. Her family feels very fortunate to have had her in their lives all these years.
Left to cherish Adair's memory are sons, Hank (Cheryl) Silverman and Mark (Lisa) Silverman; grandchildren, James (Molly) Silverman, Stefani (Scott) Silverman, Lana (Darren)- Tobin, Daniel (Yensea) Silverman, Benjamin Silverman, Zachary Silverman; 8 grandchildren; and her loving best friend sister, Marcia Okun. Adair was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Henry/Jim Silverman, Jr.; and sister, Lois (Richard) Romanoff.
Graveside memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Woodlawn Cemetery, please use the Hillcrest Avenue gate entrance, followed by a luncheon meal of condolences and visitation held at Temple Shomer Emunim, 6453 Sylvania Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution may be made to the Ohio State College of Medicine Dean's Scholarship fund – 313941; Promedica/Heartland Hospices; the Ray Kest Memorial Scholarship, 3752 Fairwood Drive, Sylvania, OH 43560 or a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements by the Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home (419)535-5840.