Reva M. Sanders
Time of Service:
Friday, February 5, 2016 11:15 am
Place of Service:
Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76 Street, New York, NY 10023
Reva M. Sanders died February 2, surrounded by loved ones. A devoted, fiery, and deeply loved woman, she was a NYC teacher for 30 years and a teacher to her friends and family for a lifetime. Reva was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended Erasmus Hall High School and Bard College (leaving her parents with slightly raised eyebrows). After her marriage and the birth of her two daughters, she returned to school and earned her Master’s in Education from Brooklyn College. She touched the lives of hundreds of students throughout her career as a teacher. An indefatigable force, in her retirement she remained active and engaged in her community, volunteering at a local school, the NY Historical Society, the Museum of the City of NY, and the Waldorf-Astoria. She served on the Board of Trustees of Bard College. To each of her endeavors she brought her sharp wit, her honest opinions, experience, and profound wisdom. Reva, a lover of theater, literature, laughter, and cats, resided in New York City, but spent summers in Mahopac, NY where generations of her family and extended family vacationed throughout her life. She loved spending time with loved ones on her bench at the lake, always facing the sun, drawing strength and renewal from the peaceful setting where she, her children and grandchildren learned to swim. She and Gilbert, her husband of 61 years, inspired everyone around them with their demonstration of a true and enduring love that was sustained and fortified through the many joys and challenges of their lives together. She was an incredible friend to the many people who were lucky enough to have encountered her through the many phases of her life, as she was always cultivating and nourishing friendships, both new and old. Despite her illness, she gave strength to others. She was a source of information, confidence, and understanding through her support group to the other travelers facing a similar journey. She endured illness without yielding for so long. Strong, direct, and caring, oh so caring. The docent--not just in the museum sense, but in the broadest sense of the word: a guide to us all. She is survived by her husband, her daughters Diana and Jill, her son-in-law Dennis, her adoring grandchildren Rebecca and her husband Scott, Michael, and Emily, her sister Judith Wick, her cousin Marian Silber, and a myriad of friends and family who will miss her dearly and always take comfort in their memories.