Sofia Abrams

obit-abramsSofia Abrams, 84, died April 17, 2013.

Born in Romania, Mrs. Abrams escaped with her family from Nazi occupation during World War II, and emigrated to Mexico. In 1949 she married and moved to the United States, first to Berkeley, Calif., later to Glencoe, Ill. She was involved in Women for Peace, founded a community nursery school and taught Spanish to grade school students. In 1968, the family moved to Tucson, where she continued to teach Spanish, was a docent at Sabino Canyon, served as president of the Tucson Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, worked as a translator at University Medical Center, and was active in the Democratic party.

Mrs. Abrams was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Herbert Abrams and her grandson, David. Survivors include her daughters, Linda (Stan Gordon) Abrams of Tucson, Ellen (Terry Coleman) Abrams of Tucson, and Amy (Tony) Persechini of Overland Park, Kan.; brother, Octavio Hirsch of Tucson; and three grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, June 2 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center from 2-4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona or Carondolet Hospice.