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Estelle Goldman, 99

Estelle “Stemmie” Goldman, a resident of Westport for 60 years, died Feb. 16 at home. She was 99.

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Stemmie Goldman: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Stemmie lived a full and exceptional life. One characterized by determination, strength, poise, and optimism. Stemmie was loving and caring and always showed great interest in whomever she was with.

She treasured entertaining family and friends in her Westport home.

She was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. one of four children to Samuel and Rebecca Kapstein. She was raised in Brookline and graduated Framingham Teachers College in 1941. In 1943, Stemmie married the love of her life, Bob Goldman.

Stemmie loved traveling with her husband, family and friends and especially enjoyed discovering the unexplored corners of the world.

She touched many lives as an extraordinary elementary school educator. She was a highly regarded and respected fourth grade teacher at Hurlbutt Elementary in Weston. She also taught Sunday school at Temple Israel in Westport.

Once retired, her energy and creativity led her to start up Stemmie Design Jewelry making one-of-a-kind necklaces; often with unique pieces she procured during her travels.

Stemmie spent a lifetime expanding her many interests. She enjoyed skiing, golf, exercising, going to museums, taking classes at local colleges, and supporting the arts.

She volunteered locally at The Westport Historical Society and The Westport League of Women Voters.

Stemmie was predeceased by her husband, Bob Goldman. She will be dearly missed by her daughters Sue Rosenblum and Gwen Goldman, son-in-law Peter McLoughlin, grandchildren, Steve Rosenblum, Sarah Gardiner and Abby McLoughlin and great grandchildren Max, Jonah and Lilah.

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