Adelaide “Addie” Luber


Luber, Adelaide “Addie,” 89, of Tamarisk, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at home. Born in Somerville, NJ, a daughter of the late Samuel and Frieda (Kaplan) Wishnow, she had lived in Warwick for 5 years, previously living in Cranston. Addie was a graduate of Douglas College at Rutgers University, Class of ’49, where she was a distinguished alumnus of the college.

Addie had a very impressive working career.  In 1964, as part of the War on Poverty, she became the first female director of the CCAP (Cranston Community Action Program).  During her time as CCAP director, she helped start a health center, a nutrition program, a senior center, a jobs training program, and a full year Head Start program.  She was also active in the Cranston League of Women Voters, conducting studies on the economically deprived.

In 1985 she was appointed the RI Director of Elderly Affairs, where she served for 6 years.  Afterward, she worked at Aging 2000, a creative approach to providing access to superior health care for all elderly citizens.  She was instrumental in encouraging retired seniors to volunteer with Head Start/daycare children.  She served as a board member for many non-profit organizations including Eastman House, Salvation Army, Insight, Children’s Friend and Service, Head Start, YMCA, Rhode Island Service Alliance, Mediation Council, Providence Rotary, RI Jewish Home, RI Jewish Seniors Agency and others.

Addie enjoyed traveling throughout the world with her friends and was a voracious reader of books and periodicals.  She also enjoyed theater and attending the annual Tanglewood music festival.  She loved her children and grandchildren and took great pride in their accomplishments.  She was a former longtime member of Temple Torat Yisrael.

Devoted mother of Martin Luber of Santa Monica, CA, Mindy Redlich and her husband, Ried, of Cumberland and Judy Rzucidlo and her husband, David, of Dayville, CT. Dear sister of Irwin Wishnow and his wife, Eileen, of Boynton Beach, FL. Loving grandmother of Trevor and Devon Rzucidlo, Sarah and Alysa Redlich.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Private burial will take place at Temple Shalom Cemetery in Bridgewater, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, 27 Dryden Lane, Providence, RI 02904.  Shiva will be omitted due to the holidays, but the family will receive guests at Tamarisk, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, Tuesday from 2-4 p.m.


  1. Kristine and Bill David
    Oct 6, 2017

    Addie was a wonderful lady. She gave back to her community in so many ways. Volunteering was her passion. She was a dedicated Rotarian. All our thought and prayers to her family.
    Kristine and Bill David

  2. Sheila Gavigan Sterk
    Oct 6, 2017

    Judy and families~ blessings to you all during this difficult time. Gratefully you have the love of your family and friends to support you through this. Your mom was a Fabulous Woman!! It’s been a long time my friend however I think of u often and with much love.
    Sheila Gavigan Sterk
    Decatur, Georgia

  3. Marcy & Charlie Klein
    Oct 7, 2017

    Dear Mindy, Reid, Sarah, Alysa, families and friends,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    All our love,
    Marcy, Charlie, Jason & Daniel

  4. Catherine Trudeau
    Oct 10, 2017

    Dearest Mindy and family,

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. May your many memories of this lovely woman be a comfort to all of you.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you .


  5. Marcia Eckloff
    Oct 21, 2017

    Dear Judy and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We all remember Addie’s giving heart and most importantly giving her time to others, we thank you all for sharing her with us. She strived to make this world better than she found it and mentored many both near and far. Celebrate a life well lived, share memories and know that we who knew her were also blessed.
    Marcia Johnson Eckloff
    Nancy Johnson (RSVP)
    Fort Myers Florida

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