Longtime Oak Park resident, Doris Markman Gruskin, 102, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2020 at Belmont Village. She lived in Oak Park since childhood, attending the former Hawthorne School (now Julian Middle School) and Oak Park and River Forest High School. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in textile science.
Over the decades, she showed remarkable dedication to the Oak Park community. A past president of the sisterhood at West Suburban Temple Har Zion and director of the Oak Park Senior Center at the Oak Park Arms, she also served on the Oak Park Arts Council and the Brandeis University Women’s Organization. She retired from her position as the part-time activity director at the Montclare Senior Residences of Galewood at age 99.
She will be remembered for her kindness, friendship, and zest for life. She enjoyed spending time with her family in Colorado and New Jersey and attending weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs of her grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews and extended family. One of her recent highlights was dancing at her granddaughter, Rachel Lutz’s wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado at an elevation of 10,000 feet. She was an avid reader and loved her monthly book club, which lasted for decades.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Nancy Warner; her son, Mark Gruskin; her grandchildren, Abigail Warner, Rachel Lutz (Zach) and Yoni Gruskin; and her great-grandson, Jude Lutz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Gruskin; her brother, Charles (the late Gloria) Markman; and her sister, Selma (the late James) Shamberg.
Contributions in her memory may be made to West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest, IL 60305; the Brandeis Fund, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, MS 126, Waltham, MA 02453; or the Oak Park Area Arts Council, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302.