Erma Leavitt, 97

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BARRINGTON, R.I. – Erma Leavitt passed away May 5. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Leavitt. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Pauline (Aronovitz) Weiner.

Erma graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1944 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Art was never far from her focus. She continued to be involved with RISD for most of her life. She was docent at the RISD Museum of Art, and served as president of the museum board and then she served as a trustee on RISD board.

She was very active at Temple Beth-El, serving on the arts committee, which was responsible for much of the art and decorative Judaica in the synagogue.

She is survived by her son Robert Leavitt and his wife, Susan; grandchildren Andrew and his wife, Liz, Laura and her husband, Matt, and Julia and her partner, Roxy; and daughter-in-law Gretchen Leavitt. She was the mother of the late Laurance Leavitt and sister of the late Edward Weiner and Roslyn Colson.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or www.lls.org/newengland.