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Shirley (Levinson) Gershman, 97, died June 13.  The next day, five hours after learning that his wife of 77 years had died, Alexander (Alex) Gershman, 99, also died. Inseparable throughout their lives, the two were together at the end, as was their wish. The Gershmans, who lived in Hamden, were both born in New Haven. Shirley was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Dipsiner) Levinson. Alex was the son of the late Harold Gershman and Ida (Gronhilski) Gershman. Alex served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, on the Destroyer Escort USS Barr that was torpedoed and towed to Casablanca. The Gershmans are survived by their children, Sandra Jodrie and her husband Ken of Northhampton, Mass., and Adrian Federico and her husband Federico of Madison; their grandchildren, Rich Federico, Amy Reen, Fred Federico, Ria Kalinowski, and Delia Jodrie; six great-grandchildren; Shirley’s sister Dorothy Greenwald of New Haven; Shirley’s brother Samuel Levinson and his wife Sharon of Stratford; Shirley was also predeceased by her sister Estelle Swearsky, and her brothers, Victor and Louis Levinson. Alex, the last survivor in his family, was also predeceased by his brothers, Albert, Morris, Bernard Gershman; and his sisters, Anne Brownstein, Pearl Kurhan, Lilyan Levine, and Ruth Most.

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