PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ida Gregerman was born in New York City on Oct. 25, 1925 and died on Feb. 11, 2021. Esther Malachowsky Kuperman and Morris Kuperman were her parents. Ida's family eventually moved to Providence, where in her teens, she met her future husband, Paul Gregerman.
Ida was always lovingly nostalgic about the South Providence neighborhood where she attended Temple, Oxford Street schools, and Roger Williams Junior High School. Ida and Paul graduated from Hope High School in 1943 and married the following year. Ida's first job, during WWII , was at Shepard’s department store in the office of price administration. She later worked as an employment interviewer for the Department of Labor & Training, retiring in 1989 after 30 years of service.
Ida was very keen on education, and although she never attended college full time she earned credits equivalent to a junior year at the University of Rhode Island. Ida and Paul were active members of Temple Emanu-El and, upon relocating to Boynton Beach Florida in 1992, became active in Temple Emeth. In her retirement years, Ida took up basket making, a skill she learned as a child. Ida's many colorful raffia baskets adorn the homes of her children, grandchildren and many friends.
Ida spent the last four years residing at Steere House in Providence where she was attended to by a caring staff. Ida loved her time there.
Ida is predeceased by her husband, Paul; brother Max Kuperman; sister Rosalie Edelstein. She is survived by daughter Enid Cohen, son Abbott Gregerman (wife, Susan), grandchildren: Daten Cohen (wife, Terri Spisso), Samara Cohen (husband, Paul St. Germain), great-grandchildren: Zeke and Jonah Cohen and Willow St. Germain.
Contributions in Ida's memory can be made to Steere House, 100 Borden St., Providence RI 02903.