Sheila L. Rudansky, a longtime resident of Springs, died at home on Oct. 31 of complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was 85.
“A loving and devoted working mother, Sheila was kind, loyal, fair, and extremely gentle, along with having a great sense of humor,” her family said. She “loved beautiful things in life, but more than anything, she loved her family.”
She was born in New York City on March 22, 1928, to David Karp and the former Mary Klein. She grew up in Hewlett, and graduated from New York University.
Her 1948 marriage to Raphael Rudansky ended in divorce. She owned and operated her own real estate brokerage firm while raising her four children, and then moved on to retail sales at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and Bloomingdale’s.
Ms. Rudansky lived in Manhattan, but retired to the East End in 1992. “Sheila always loved the wide and open Long Island skies and spent many afternoons at the beaches of Gardiner’s Bay and the ocean shore,” her family wrote.
She is survived by her children, Rachel Rudansky of Bridgehampton, Daniel Rudansky of Sag Harbor, Donna Bookman of Old Saybrook, Conn., and Matthew Rudansky of Manhattan, and by six grandchildren and a great-grandson. She also leaves a brother, Harry Karp, of Red Bank, N.J.
A graveside service was held on Nov. 3 at the Independent Jewish Cemetery in Sag Harbor. Rabbi Gadi Capela of Greenport officiated.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018, or parkinson. org.