Adeline Markoff Sellman

Adeline Markoff Sellman, 86, of West Hartford, formerly of Danbury, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Sellman, passed away Sunday, (December 18, 2011), at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford.

Mrs. Sellman was born April 8, 1925 in Danbury, a daughter of the late Harry and Mollie (Greenhaus) Markoff. She was raised in Danbury and a graduate of Danbury High School in 1942.

 Addie, having a great natural artistic ability, moved to New York City to work as a commercial artist in the fashion district. In October 1945, she was persuaded by a friend to go on a blind date with a sailor just home to New York after serving in World War II. While at first she was not that impressed, he was persistent, things worked out, and at the time of his death in June 2010, Larry and Addie were less than a week away from celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary.

Addie leaves her two children, Richard (Linda) and Robin (George); her beloved grandchildren, Jason (Kate) and Kara (Brad), both of whom she was so very proud; and her adored great-grandchildren, Jack and Luke.

She is also survived by her sister, Sydel Markoff Sachs of Danbury and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sellman was also predeceased by her brother, Charles Markoff. Addie was a devoted homemaker and, with Larry's able assistance, raised their two children in Danbury. Once the children married and moved to their own homes, Addie spent time volunteering at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, which organization later cared for her mother Mollie and her aunt Rose. Upon Larry's retirement after many years in the retail shoe business, Mom and Dad were able to spend a number of happy years in retirement in Sarasota, FL before they returned to Connecticut to be closer to family. Larry and Addie both became residents of the Hebrew Home in West Hartford. It was their final time together before Larry's passing last year.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 21st with Rabbi Craig Morantz of Congregation Kol Haverim officiating. Burial followed in the Connecticut State Veterans' Cemetery, Middletown, CT. alongside her husband, Lawrence. Memorial donations may be made in her memory and honor to Hebrew Health Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06117.

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