Jawonio mourns the passing of Gloria Botwinick, a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt and grandmother. Gloria passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was a true force to be reckoned with for her life’s work as a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.
Gloria was a Jawonio Board member for more than 40 years and was one of the original leaders in Rockland and NYS as part of the family advocacy group home movement, establishing transportation for the disabled and fighting for equal access to social and recreational opportunities throughout the county.
Gloria could be counted on to be part of any Jawonio fundraising or awareness event and she and husband, Arnold, were recognized with the prestigious Friends of Jawonio Award in 2003.
In 2009, the couple received the NYS Rehabilitation Association Martha Fitzpatrick Citizen Advocate Award, and in 2014, Arnie and Gloria were inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame for their lifetime commitment to disability justice.
Gloria, born in Brooklyn in 1934, was 80 years old. She is survived by her husband Arnold, her daughter Barbara and son-in-law Michael Algranati. The couple have 3 children, Josh, Jacob and Samantha.
Gloria and Arnold’s son Michael, is a resident of the Jawonio Bobbi Lewis residence in Chestnut Ridge.
Jawonio CEO, Jill Warner, delivered one of the eulogies and quoted close friend and Board Member Dan Salmon who said, ” A true champion of the disabled has been lost. When no one spoke, Gloria did, when no one was interested, Gloria was. She feared no one and said what she believed and improved the lives of people who could not speak for themselves.”
A period of mourning will be observed at the Algranati residence: 11 Meadow Lane, New City, NY 10956
Tuesday, May 19, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm
Wednesday, May 20, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm
The family has requested Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Botwinick’s memory to Jawonio Foundation.
Via mail: Jawonio Foundation, located at 260 N. Little Tor Road in New City, NY 10956.
Please call 845.708.2000 for more information.