Doris Gandelman

Doris Gandelman, 95, died Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Stillwater Nursing Home in Greenville. She was the beloved wife of the late Nelson Gandelman. Born in Fall River and raised in Providence, the daughter of the late Emil and Sonia (Ostroff) Bieder, she had lived in Greenville for 9 years, previously living in Cranston for 37 years, then Delray Beach, FL for 24 years. A graduate of Hope High, she attended URI for three years.She was an owner of the former People’s Department Store in Providence, the family business for many decades. Devoted mother of Alan Gandelman and his wife, Claudia, of Johnston; Bruce Gandelman and his wife, Terry, of Newport; Beth Gandelman of Salisbury, MA; and daughter-in-law Nancy Golub of Pikesville, MD. Dear sister of the late Bernie Bieder, formerly of Warwick. Best friend for more than 50 years to Sheila Miller, Shirley Konicov, Pearl Kleinman, and Eleanor Ross.

Doris was an avid tennis player until the age of 81, active in Women’s American ORT, Hadassah and former member of Temple Sinai Sisterhood in Cranston. She loved her miniature Schnauzer, Huckleberry, who helped her make the transition from RI to FL.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. To view  the pre-recorded service, please Click Here or Click Here

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of RI, 245 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02906, or to Hadassah, ORT or the organization of your choice.

Shiva is Private


  1. Nancy Golub
    May 20, 2022

    Bruce & Terry, Beth, and Alan & Claudia,
    My most sincere condolences on your/our loss. May her memory be for a blessing always.

  2. Carol Gertz
    May 23, 2022

    Beth and family,

    Beth your eulogy for Doris was beautiful ! Doris was a terrific person who created a loving home for you, Bruce and Alan. I’m sure you will find comfort in your many wonderful memories of her.

    Your friend Carol

  3. Marina Yapoujian
    Jun 7, 2022

    My deepest condolences to the Gandelman Family (Beth, Allen, Bruce). Your mom was a very elegant and lovely person. Always with a smiling face. Feel comfort in knowing she had a great life, first with her loving husband, her children, and her active lifestyle in beautiful Florida. She enjoyed her social activities and tennis up until recently and created a wonderful life for herself. We all wish we could have the same. She will be missed but she’s in a better place with her beloved husband, holding hands. May she rest in peace.

    Your BFF Marina

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