Deceased Information


    Lillian Sugarman

    Laya bat Zev Volf

  • AGE



    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (After Sunset)


    Friday, April 16, 2021


    10:00 AM




    Lillian Sugarman, 80, Sister of Rae Bellman, “fun” Aunt of Lisa Klein of New York, and Rabbi Barry Klein of Jerusalem; Great Aunt to several Great Nieces and Great Nephews. She was a resident of Philadelphia, PA before coming to Berman Commons, Atlanta, in March; was deceased from a glioblastoma on April 13. Lillian had a most meaningful and successful career in the world of Social Work. She trained colleagues at two Early Head Start programs in PA., She directed the National Zero To Three Agency, and National Infant and Toddler Childcare Initiative, and the UPO (the United Planning organization in D.C.), the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She participated in The Women’s March in Washington and the MLK march. She was very involved in, and served on the Board of The Mary Campbell Center in Wilmington, Delaware, a home for disabled adults. She also served on the Board of Maternity Care Organization. She made such an impact on all. Her legacy will be felt for years to come. We love you, Lill!!


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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Donna K McGee

    I remember her well. As a Head Start Ed coordinator, an ECE professor, and a Head Start national review team member, her on-going support for Early Childhood education kept the Head Start program in safe hands while others tried to dismantle it. I will always be grateful for her and all the work she did. As a side note, my dear friend, Mary Shiffer, who worked in the zero - three in DC with Lillian and moved to DC from PA died from cancer two years ago.

    June 05, 2021 , 02:39 PM

  • Paula Udell

    I had the privilege and honor to meet Lillian when I was asked to present a training on The Creative Curriculum for Infants Toddlers and Twos for Maternal Care Coalition. We formed an immediate bond and connection and stayed in contact. She was my biggest cheerleader and mentor. Always wanting to know about my latest projects and never failing to tell me how I was making a difference in the lives of educators and children. We bonded over our love of children and families and Judaism. She was a very special woman and I was so sad to hear of her passing. I feared she was ill when she stopped returning my emails which was so unlike her. May her memory always be for a blessing. Sending my condolences to her loving family who she always talked about and cherished. I will miss you Lillian.

    April 30, 2021 , 09:31 AM

  • Liza Seltzer

    I got to know Lillian through her service to the Maternity Care Coalition Board, and I was honored to be her colleague. Her leadership was a big part of making our Early Head Start program so successful that federal auditors were in awe. We learned so much from her and will continue to carry her spirit forward in our work for years to come.

    April 21, 2021 , 05:35 PM


    I love you, Lillian!

    April 16, 2021 , 10:01 AM

  • Nisha Beharie

    To the family and friends of Lillian Sugarman, I will always remember her kindness, warmth, and great laugh and smile. You are all in my thoughts.

    April 16, 2021 , 03:01 PM

  • Judith Jerald

    Our world has lost a beautiful person; Lillian touched so many people; she is in my heart forever

    April 16, 2021 , 02:55 PM

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