Thelma Lubell A’44

Submitted by: Alice Pantaleoni

Thelma Lubell, 95, of Lauderhill, Florida, passed away on October 27, 2017.

Funeral services were held Friday November 3rd at Garden Plaza of Inverrary 4251 Rock Island Rd, Lauderhill, FL 33319, Rabbi Menachem Smith officiating. Arrangements by Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home.

Thelma Lubell, born in New York City to Meyer and Hattie (Hirsch) Manne on January 29, 1922, went to school in Cedarhurst, NY and attended Cooper Union in Manhattan, NY graduating in 1944 with a certificate in Fine Arts, later receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. She briefly worked in advertising before marrying Paul Philip Lubell (December 1943 in Manhattan, NY). Paul served in the Army, stationed in Mississippi where they lived for the duration of the war. Afterward, they moved to Long Island, and Thelma worked at home raising their two sons Mark and David. She also taught drawing and painting classes. Her artwork was primarily in oils but also in watercolor, charcoal, pencil, sand-casting and other mediums. An award-winning artist and art guild member, her artwork was shown in several galleries and she sold many pieces. When Paul retired from  advertising in New York City they moved to River Edge, NJ, living there for a year,  then to West Shokan, NY for several years. There she also worked in stain glass, creating window pieces, lamp shades, and small boxes. The couple spent winters in Sunrise, Florida and in the early 1990’s settled there permanently. In addition to her artwork, Thelma enjoyed tennis, mah-jongg, canasta and traveling with her many friends.

Thelma was preceded in death by Paul Lubell (1994). She is survived by her sons and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Clitie (Cece) Williamson and Dorette Bell for their exceptional care and assistance to Thelma for the last two years of her life.