Binin, Shirley Shirley Binin, 88, longtime Stamford resident, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed peacefully on March 11, 2017 after her 2 year battle with lung cancer. Shirley was a passionate artist and art teacher, who deeply cherished her family and friends, adored traveling around Europe and Mexico, listening to classical and jazz music and dashing into New York City to enjoy the fine and performing arts. Shirley was born in the Bronx on July 3, 1928 and is the youngest child of Nathan Danziger and Gussie Gwardiak. She is a proud 1948 alumna of the City College of New York where she met her husband, Earl. Upon graduating, Shirley worked at the Brill building in Manhattan in advertising where a number of her clients included the most important jazz clubs of the time. Once married and a mother, Shirley changed focus to art education, which spanned over 30 years. Shirley was a popular teacher whose students' distinctive life sized murals and mobiles filled the school hallways. As an active citizen, Shirley worked tirelessly to promote equality and fairness including marching with her young family in Washington D.C. for civil rights and against the Vietnam war. Upon retirement, Shirley and Earl volunteered at The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in NYC. Legend has it that this was really their secret scheme to see these world class performances for free. During winters, Shirley and Earl made their annual week long trek in their Honda Civic, visiting friends, family and car repair shops en route to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There they filled their days making art and evenings drinking red wine with dear friends. Shirley was an inspiration to hundreds of her students, dear and loyal to dozens of friends and coworkers and a totally cool parent, aunt and grandma. She is predeceased by her parents Gussie and Nathan Danziger, stepfather Benjamin Sirota, siblings Samuel and Mace Danziger, Hilda Danziger Prusslin, stepbrother Jack Sirota, niece Paula Danziger and her husband Earl Herbert Binin. She is survived by her daughters Barbara Jastrab (Jerry Jastrab) of New Jersey; Amy Binin (Mark Delpriora) of Brooklyn, New York; and Nina Binin (Gregory Berg) of Connecticut, five deeply loved grandchildren, Jordan, David, Mia, Chris and Nora, and generations of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Shirley's Life is being held on Friday, March 17th at 11 a.m., at The Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, Connecticut. "We love you, love you, love you Mom!" The family has asked in lieu of flowers, to please make donations to the ACLU in her memory at http://www.aclu.org . To leave an online condolence, please visit www.leogallagherstamford.com .
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