Esther Adelman

DATELINE: Boca Raton, FL

After more than one hundred fully-lived years, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Esther Adelman on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The oldest of nine children, Esther was born on June 7, 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Harry Malnikow and Annie Goldberg. She was married to the late Samuel Adelman for 55 years and she helped run their family business, Adelman Live Poultry in Providence, Rhode Island. Together Sam and Esther had two children whom they adored. Esther was a proud member of Temple Torat Yisrael and Hadassah, was an avid bowler, loved to play mahjong and bridge, and enjoyed volunteering at the voting polls. She loved traveling the world with her husband, raising her children, visiting family, and spending time with her best friend, the late Silvia Kafrissen. She especially took pleasure in caring for her grandchildren.

After the death of her husband in 2002, Esther moved to Florida where she enjoyed time with her daughters and sisters, and developed a deep friendship with Helen Zweig. She prided herself on living independently until 100 years old. Her sharp mind and sheer determination enabled her to fully enjoy so many family milestones, including her grandchildren’s weddings and college and graduate school graduations, and the births of three great-grandchildren. She was a proud grandmother and even prouder great-grandmother, always ready with her iPhone or iPad to FaceTime or to request updates to the family photo stream. She adored frequent visits from her great-grandchildren and eagerly bought them ice cream, took them on special adventures, watched them swim, taught them math and Sudoku, and played games with them. Esther was a skilled and prolific knitter, and she took great pleasure in creating treasured afghans and sweaters for each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a wonderful mother and strong role model to her daughters, Karen Wier and Sharlene Adelman. She was the world’s best grandmother to Lauren Wier Guilhardi (Paulo) and Michael Wier (Kyleen). She was the cherished great-grandmother of Xander and Samantha Guilhardi and Madison Wier. She was the adored aunt of many nieces and nephews. She is survived by three beloved sisters (Sylvia Malnikow, Frieda Gordon and Phyllis Steede) and is preceded in death by four adored brothers (Morris, Israel, Isidor, and Samuel Malnikow) and a beloved sister (Betty Geller).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Esther’s honor to Temple Torat Yisrael, 1251 Middle Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at 21 Exeter St., Providence, Thursday 5-8 p.m. with a Minyan at 7:30 p.m.


  1. Barbara Roberts, MD
    Dec 20, 2017

    Dear Karen: I was so saddened to learn of the death of your beautiful and beloved mother. You are in my heart and in my mind during this time of grief.

  2. Samuel Zweig
    Dec 20, 2017

    The Zweig family are deeply sorry for your Loss of your mother.
    She was such a breath of fresh air every time we spoke to her or met her in person. She was a sister to my mother Helen who will miss he4 the most. May she rest in peace.

  3. Alice & Dave Greenan
    Dec 21, 2017

    It has been an honor to have known Esther for 40 years. Her 100th birthday party was a true celebration of love and life. Esther touched the lives of everyone she met. We will miss Esther very much. We send our sincere condolences to Karen,Sharlene, Michael and Lauren.

  4. Myrna Rosen
    Dec 22, 2017

    To know her is to love her.
    I sat with Esther every day in the dining room of Sinai.
    Every day they would bring her in, I would say “here comes Queen Esther”. She loved it.

    I also grew to love Karen and Sharlene.They treated me like family and included me in family gatherings at Sinai.

    Our sincere condolences,
    Myrna and David

  5. Elisa Roe
    Dec 22, 2017

    Karen, Sharlene, Lauren and Michael,

    I share deeply your loss. Esther was a great woman hardly to forget and find. Her full, blessed life, her strong, deep love for you all, and loving memories may comfort you.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    In sympathy.
    Elisa Roe

  6. Mary Fama
    Jan 9, 2018

    I was very saddened to hear of your mother passing. You have my deepest sympathy. She was a great lady and I liked very much. But now, she’s in paradise. May you and your family have comfort in the years ahead.

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