NORFOLK—Elsa Carol Borman, 83, passed away July 25, 2016, in Norfolk, Virginia, where she had lived since 1975.
She was born in Washington, DC, to the late leo and Gertrude Pinkus.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the American University and a master’s degree in English from the Virginia Polytechnic institute. She taught English in the public schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and most recently for the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems. After formal retirement, she taught English as a second language for over 10 years to older Soviet Jewish immigrants under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service. One hundred percent 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 was held at Forest lawn Cemetery in Norfolk with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Condolences may be left online at hdoliver.com.