Madeline "Mady" Rubenstin

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Madeline “Mady” Rubenstein, 82, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning. Mady was born on April 18, 1939 in the Bronx to Paul and Ruth Kaner. She showed a variety of interests early in life~ She was an avid Yankees fan and attended games regularly with her father and sister Ellie of blessed memory. Mady considered herself a “tomboy” because she was the only girl who played sandlot baseball on the boy’s team.

She excelled in arts and crafts and graduated from the prestigious School of Music and Art in Manhattan. Her sister was an undergraduate at SU and was also where Mady decided to apply. She was accepted to the School of Fine Arts at SU and as fate would have it she was set up on a blind date in her freshman year with a local boy who was a Senior at SU. They were engaged and married not long after while Mel was on military leave from Ft. Knox.

After serving two years in the Army, Mel and Mady returned to Syracuse and started their lives as a family. During her professional career Mady was an artist for WHEN TV. She took a hiatus from working while her children were younger, but then returned to college at OCC to earn a degree in accounting. She was very competent and worked as a bookkeeper for many local prominent businesses. Mady was technologically gifted beyond most of her contemporaries~ she knew her way around computers, iphones, tablets and such. She loved to cook, watch SU sports and entertain her family and friends. She was a long time member and volunteer with Congregation Beth Sholom – Chevra Shas; and OASIS.

Mady will forever be remembered as a good person, wife, mother, grandmother and true friend. She will be missed.

Her family includes her husband Mel of 64 years; their children Bonnie (Steven) Braddock, Linda (Michael) Nellis, and Corey (Jamie) Rubenstein; and their grandchildren Ethan (Kim), Seth, Riley, Lucy, and Shayna.

Graveside services will be at 10AM on Tuesday January 4 in the Beth Sholom section of Oakwood Cemetery. COVID precautions are required. Contributions to perpetuate her memory may be made to Congregation Beth Sholom – Chevra Shas, or to SUNY Upstate.

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We got to know Mady through Oasis. She was one of the most welcoming members when we first joined, and over the years we saw her in many classes as we had similar interests—including the ones she and Mel taught and those we presented. Mady and Mel appeared at community events we attended too, and we always enjoyed chatting with them. We will remember her fondly as warm, generous, inquisitive, enthusiastic, and brave, facing life’s challenges with dignity and courage. Our heartfelt condolences to Mel and the family. We will all miss Mady, but her memory will continue to brighten our spirits. -Diana and Eric

Written by Diana Biro
2022-01-05 12:45:16 PM