Lily Stromberg

by | Aug 31, 2023 | Obituaries

PORTSMOUTH—Lily Stromberg, age 94, died peacefully in her home with family on August 13.

Lily was born in Montreal, Canada, to Jacob and Jennie Tessler. She earned her degree in elementary education from MacDonald College of McGill University School for Teachers. She also received her Hebrew education in Montreal, where she was a graduate of the “Yiddish Folks Shule.”

After moving with her family to Portsmouth, Va., Lily was employed by the Portsmouth Public Schools until her retirement. She had a passion for education and loved working with the special-needs children of the DAC Center. The young ones loved Ms. Lily.

She was an active member of Gomley Chesed Synagogue and its Sisterhood. Upon its closing, she became a member of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk, Va. She was also a lifetime member of Hadassah, Beth Sholom Home, and The Women’s Auxiliary of the Portsmouth Academy of Medicine.

Lily was predeceased by the late Hyman Stromberg, MD, as well as her siblings, Maurice Tessler, Clara Friedlander, and Beatrice Mikelberg. She is survived by her three children, Jack (Mary), Burle (Robin), and Debbie (Michaeleen), her 104-year old aunt, Bella Bernstein, her grandchildren Arielle, Rachael, and Sam, her great-grandson Owen, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and special friend, Marilyn Buxbaum.

A graveside service was held at Gomley Chesed Cemetery in Portsmouth. Memorial donations may be made to the Strelitz International Academy of Tidewater ( Condolences may be registered at