Edith Renard Nussinow, 1930 - 2013

Edith Renard Nussinow, 83, of 14 Wakely Court, Portland and formerly of Lewiston and Pompano Beach, Florida, passed peacefully Monday morning, surrounded by her children, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

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Born Edith Carolyn Renard on May 9, 1930, she was the youngest of four children born to Jacques and Jean Cohen Renard. Born and raised first in Boston and then Beverly Hills, California, Edith or EC as she was best known, was educated in both Massachusetts and California schools, and attended classes at Katharine Gibbs College in Boston. She married the late Sheldon Allan Nussinow on December 14, 1952, and began raising a family in Lewiston.

EC was very active in the local community and served in many leadership capacities in the Beth Jacob Sisterhood, the Jewish Community Center, Hadassah, B’nai B’rith Women, and Temple Shalom. She was one of the founders of what is today the Temple Shalom Nursery School, an extraordinary organization that thrives because of her vision, tenacity, and commitment to its success.

She was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing Bridge, and competed at the highest levels in regional Mah Jongg tournaments. She was a very accomplished, yet humble artist, having mastered multiple disciplines. Her singing voice was a product of her show business upbringing, and added greatly to many holiday celebrations. She loved to entertain and was known to host many memorable events. EC was proudest of her friends, her children, and her grandchildren. 

Her sisters Winnie, Sylvia, brother Phillip, and her husband predeceased Edith. Her three children - her son Scott and his wife Amy, of Auburn, her daughter Susan Teich and her husband David, of Lewiston, and her son Todd, of Portland, survive her. Additionally, she is survived by eight grandchildren, Chad, Jennifer, Jacob, Jessica, Tyler, Tanner, Tucker, and Talia. 

Funeral Notice

NUSSINOW, Edith, 83, of Portland, died in Scarborough on Monday, October 21, 2013. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 10 AM, at Temple Shalom Synagogue, Auburn. Interment, Beth Jacob Cemetery, Auburn. Donations in her memory can be made to the Nussinow Memorial Fund (for the Temple Shalom Nursery School), 24 Bradman Street, Auburn, ME, 04210 and to the SAAGNY Foundation, 277 North Avenue, Lower Level, New Rochelle, NY, 10801.

A video tribute will be added soon.

© Gerald Burpee 2016