Leona Malkin

Leona Malkin, 95, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at her home. She lived a long life filled with the love of family and friends.

A lifelong resident of Providence, she was the eldest daughter of the late Clara (Finklestein) and Ralph Shuster. Loving sister of Mathew Shuster and his wife Deborah of Warwick, RI, Grace Goldberg of Providence, and the late Adele Zuckerman of Providence. Leona leaves behind her daughter Fonda Tenenbaum of Houston, TX and her son, David Malkin, and his wife Rose of Providence, RI. Leona is also survived by the greatest joys of her life, her four grandchildren, Sam and Jack Malkin, Rachel Tenenbaum, Cayla and Stephen Rutchik, her two great-grandsons, Noah and Brandon Rutchik, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was a  lifelong admirer of style and beautiful objects, flowers, good bargains, and good food. In addition to being an avid bridge player, Leona enjoyed many adventures with her group of loving and loyal friends.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Lincoln Park Cemetery, 1469 Post Rd, Warwick. Shiva will be observed at her late residence, 1 Regency Plaza Providence, RI 02903, on Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.


  1. Elaine Hoffman
    May 6, 2022

    Sending warm thoughts in memory of a friend…

  2. Rebecca Rotondo
    May 7, 2022

    My condolences to Lee’s family. Lee and I had nice visits and interesting conversations, whether in person or via telephone. Always enjoyed our chats and her wisdom. Rebecca Rotondo

  3. So very sorry to read of Lee’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all, she was quite a person! May all of your wonderful memories help during this time.
    Fondly, Cheryl Greenfeld Teverow

  4. Lisa A Weseluk
    May 8, 2022

    My deepest condolences to the family. My heart aches

  5. Sally Rotenberg
    May 8, 2022

    Lee was our neighbor at Regency Plaza. I remember her always meeting friends for a meal at a downtown restaurant, or taking her younger brother out for breakfast, or playing duplicate bridge with Lenny. She lived her life downtown to the fullest and I admired her for it, even during COVID.

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