Elsa Carol Borman, 83, passed away July 25, 2016, in Norfolk, Va., where she had lived since 1975.
She was born in Washington, D.C., to the late Leo and Gertrude Pinkus.
Elsa earned a bachelor’s degree in education from American University and a master’s degree in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She taught English in public schools in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and most recently in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems.
After formal retirement, for more than 10 years she taught English as a second language to older Soviet Jewish immigrants under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service. All of her students passed the literacy test for their U.S. citizenship applications, and she received formal commendations from Temple Israel and JFS for her work.
Elsa was much beloved by all who knew her for her cheerful disposition, her warmth, her vitality and her love of learning.
Elsa is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gerald Sanford Borman; her brother, Charles Pinkus; her sons, Reuben L. Borman, Benjamin R. Borman and Peretz I. Borman; three grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Va., with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating.
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