Lillian “Lily” ,née Ulanove, 93, of Oreland, Pennsylvania, and of Sarasota, Florida, died at Cathedral Village, Andorra, Pennsylvania, Sunday, November 18, 2012, after being ill for many years. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 26, 1919, daughter of Eva and Meyer Ulanove. She was the middle daughter of three daughters. Her sisters, Adeline Green of Palm Springs, California and June Miller of St. Louis Park, Minnesota predeceased her. Survivors include her husband, Newman Bortnick, of Oreland, Pennsylvania; one son, Karl Bortnick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and two daughters, Lynn Bergman of Keene, New Hampshire, and Wendy Lefkowich, of Delmar, New York. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Anna Bortnick Gee of New York City, New York; Alexandra Bortnick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Erica Forest of Tarrytown, New York; Deborah Bergman of Los Angeles, California; David Lefkowich of New York City, New York; and Sarah Lefkowich of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bortnick was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and attended University of Minnesota Graduate School of Social Work. She and her husband Newman Bortnick were married for 69 years and were inseparable all their married life. Mrs. Bortnick had many interests and hobbies. She was an avid gardener and bridge player, inventive cook and baker, and a voracious reader who loved the New York Times crossword puzzles. She was very interested in politics and was a lifelong member of the League of Women Voters. She volunteered in many civic organizations including Meals on Wheels, and was a reader in elementary schools in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. In addition, she volunteered at the Friends Psychiatric Hospital, and at Chestnut Hill Senior Center where she also led a short story book group for many years with her close friend, the late Rosalind Sperling.She and her husband Newman traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and Latin America Mrs. Bortnick had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke.She was very ironic and was never a believer in any one path to truth.She loved the big bands of the 40’s, classical music, attending the Philadelphia Orchestra for over 60 years, and the theatre, attending many performances and productions in Philadelphia and elsewhere. With her husband, she contributed to many organizations and charities. She and her husband established the Newman and Lillian Bortnick Chemistry Graduate Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. Donations can be made to their University of Minnesota Chemistry scholarship fund or to The Philadelphia Theatre Company.
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