Webber, Lorraine

Tarrytown, NY

WEBBER, LORRAINE C., 97, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023, at her home in Tarrytown, NY.  She was the cherished wife of 75 years of Harold S. Webber, who died in 2020, the devoted mother of David, and his wife, Karen Jenkins, of Dobbs Ferry, NY, and of Jeffrey, who passed away in 2022, the loving grandmother of Althea Webber, and her husband, Michael Gruen, of New York City, and of Jeremy Webber, and his wife, Jean Bingham, of New Orleans, and the beaming great-grandmother of Nan Webber, also of New Orleans.

Born in Providence, the daughter of Samuel and Irene (Morein) Cramer, she was a lifelong resident of Rhode Island until moving near to her sons in 2021.  Raised in straitened circumstances following her father’s early death, she married her childhood sweetheart, raised a family, and left her mark on the world through tireless professional and community work.  Her motto was, “You can if you think you can”, which she demonstrated repeatedly in a long career of leadership roles with the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, the Warwick Community Development Program, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Hadassah.  Through the years, she served on numerous other community-focused commissions and committees, made a run for Providence city council in 1966, and was given the 1976 Community Service Award by the Rhode Island Minority Caucus.  While employed as special assistant to the Commissioner of Education, she earned her bachelor’s degree, a long-desired achievement that had not been a possibility earlier in her life.

After retirement, she traveled, continued her volunteer work, honed her already formidable quilting and needlepoint skills, grew beautiful Asiatic lilies, and, until recently, delighted the fortunate with her extraordinary tollhouse cookies.

There will be a graveside ceremony at Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick, on Thursday, November 2, at 1:00 p.m.


  1. Cheryl Churnick Berger
    Oct 27, 2023

    I remember being in Lorraine’s company. I believe it was at the Rubin/Webber reunion several years ago at Goddard Park. Harold was my mom’s (Estie) uncle, “Heshey.” May she Rest in Peace and her memory be a blessing.

    Oct 28, 2023

    To Lorraine’s family,
    I spent many Hadassah functions with your beloved Lorraine. She was always the first to rise her hand to help, she always had a smile and appeared tireless.
    May all your wonderful memories bring you some comfort and peace during this difficult time.
    May she rest in eternal peace.

  3. Karen Penn
    Oct 29, 2023

    I have fond memories working closely for Loraine at the Dept. of Education and in recent years connecting again with her through Hadassah. She was a tremendous influencer and advocate. Her generosity and talents had no bounds and she will be missed. May her memory be a blessing to her family and to those who had the pleasure to know her.

  4. Barbara C Forman
    Oct 31, 2023

    Lorraine was a remarkable woman: a role model and mentor.She was talented,creative, intelligent, wise and loyal, I cherish the day we were matched at roommates at a Hadassah regional weekend.
    It was an honor and privilege to have known her.
    She loved all of you with her heart and soul.

  5. Diane Ducoff
    Oct 31, 2023

    Lorraine was a role model for so many of us who knew her through her work for Hadassah. She was energetic, intelligent and highly respected. I will always enjoy my fond memories of working with Lorraine. She was a very special woman.

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