Fruma Dara Efreom


Efreom, Fruma Dara, 72, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Kent Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Binyamin I. Efreom for 50 years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Abraham and Bessie (Hamer) Strauss, she had lived in Warwick for 46 years, previously living in Pawtucket. She graduated co-valedictorian from the former Pawtucket West High School, Class of ’62, earned her BA from Brown University, Class of ’67, and achieved a Masters of Public Administration from URI.  Fruma worked in a variety of occupations, including a Program and Capital Budget Specialist for the RI Department of Education, a public school teacher and grant writer for Family Services and Child Family Services. She was also a writer for the Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine and a reporter for the Kent County Times.  Fruma was a volunteer and chairwoman for ORT and a member of the Lincoln Park Cemetery board.   Devoted mother of Alana A. Roberts and her husband, Luke, of North Smithfield, Yael D. Lieber and her husband, Paul, of Tampa, FL and Avi B. Efreom and his wife, Shannon, of Midlothian, VA. Loving grandmother of Leo, Chloe and Jerome.  Funeral services were held in Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Chabad of West Bay, 3871 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.  Shiva will be private.


  1. Al Demirjian
    Feb 22, 2018

    Ben & Family; So sorry to read of Fruma’s passing. A nice lady and wonderful neighbor. I enjoyed talking with her when she used to go on her walks. I always learned something. Our condolences to your family.
    Al & Kathy Demirjian

  2. Donald Galamaga
    Feb 22, 2018

    Dear Binyamin and family:
    Margot and I are so sad to hear that such a wonderful woman has left this mortal coil so soon. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers of support for you and your family at this time. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with Fruma during her years at the new Rhode Island Department of Education, which had consolidated all of education, elementary secondary and postsecondary under one Board of Regents> This new system required new thinking about the relationship of the learning process to the way in which it is delivered for maximum effect to fit a students talents and aspirations. Fruma was the perfect thinker to help with this broad goal, as her extremely intelligent mind and forward perspective brought many great analyses to the Board of Regents and the people of the state of Rhode Island that resulted in many positive changes in education in those years. Her talents were highly respected by many leaders of the state at that time and continued when I left the department. Her advice was always quite positive after that time on many public policy issues that I had the opportunity to discuss with her. She will be greatly missed by the State of Rhode Island as one of its very unique and brilliant treasures.
    Donald P Galamaga MPA CCP DGCP
    CAPT USN Ret
    Former RI Deputy Asst Commssioner of Education
    Former RI State Mental Health Direcor

  3. Lorraine Webber
    Feb 22, 2018

    You have my sincerest sympathy on Fruma’s passilng. It may have been many years ago when our paths crossed, but I recall her physical beauty and her special wisdom. Her blessed memory is a gift. My heart goes out to Yami and the entire family.
    Lorraine Webber

    Feb 22, 2018

    My sincere sympathy on your loss. I knew Fruma when we worked at FSRI together and although we lost direct contact after that I have thought of her frequently. She was a lively and lovely lady who brightened many of my days. I know that Fruma will be greatly missed and my heart goes out to all of her family.
    Diane Shemtov

  5. Timothy Murphy
    Feb 23, 2018

    Our deepest condolences to you Ben and your family. Fruma was a very special person who gave of herself to many of us whom she barely knew yet stood with us at every juncture and step of the way. She will always be remembered as one of the best.
    Always, Tim Murphy and AnnMarieBolvin

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