PORT TOWNSEND, WASHINGTON — Audice “Audi”(Elkind) Fleishman, 69, former longtime Poughkeepsie resident, died April 20, 2009 at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle after a 4-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
She was the daughter of Max Elkind and Ethel Kerlan Elkind, born in Vassar Brothers Hospital on Sept. 14, 1939, minutes before her twin brother, Arnold. Audi graduated with the Arlington High School Class of 1957.
She married Charles Fleishman in Poughkeepsie on June 20, 1965. They moved to Fremont, CA in 1971 and to Eugene, OR in 1979, where they remained until relocating to Port Townsend, WA in October, 2008.
Audi spent her adult life being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, a caring friend to numerous people wherever she resided and one who contributed to every community she lived in. She worked for over 20 years as an in-home caregiver, helping brighten the days of those who needed her assistance. She spent seven years as part of the Visitors Van team at Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon, staffing events in Lane County and helping boost tourism in the area.
Audi volunteered for a variety of organizations in her 29 years in Eugene, including the Oregon Track Club, the American Diabetes Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She especially enjoyed her 16 years as a volunteer "cuddler" in the NICU of Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, providing comfort for premature babies and their families.
Her endless humor, her ready smile and her thoughtfulness will always be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
Audi is survived by her husband at home; her daughter, Kim Derham and partner, Don Reavis of Eugene, OR; her son, Mark Fleishman of Auburn, CA; her son, Glenn Fleishman and his wife, Lynn Warner of Seattle, WA; her brother, Dr. Arnold Elkind and his wife, Paula of Highland Beach, FL; and her sister-in-law, Leslie Fleishman Sweeney and her husband, Michael of Port Townsend, WA. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Danielle Derham of Portland, OR and Daisy Fleishman of Milford, CT; and grandsons, Benjamin and Rex Fleishman of Seattle, WA.
Donations in Audi's name may be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023; Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation (NICU) PO Box 10905, Eugene, OR 97440 or an organization of your choice.