Grace Ginsberg Weitman, age 90, passed away March 30, 2015 at her home in Reston, Va. A 10-year resident of Reston and Sterling, Va., Grace and her late husband Dr. Warren P. Weitman moved from Wilton, Conn., where Grace had resided for over 50 years.
Grace was a talented author and artist. She grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the only child of Max and Frances Silverstein. She studied journalism at Pennsylvania State University, and started her career at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper.
Her first marriage brought her to Wilton. In addition to raising three children she also created sculpture, wrote musicals, poetry and stories, invented board games, and explored mural art. She worked at the Wilton YMCA for several years and later at Kenneth Lynch and Sons.
After moving to Virginia she worked as office manager for her son and daughter-in-law’s family business, Preferred Siding, consulting closely with clients on aesthetics of various projects. After retirement at age 88, and despite a significant visual loss, Grace actively pursued photography. Her photos and poetry can be found on her “Sight Unseen” blog.
Grace and Warren were prominent historic autograph dealers. Their business, Archives Historical Autographs, specialized in well-known political and scientific figures. They were world travelers. Grace was known for her love of animals, and especially her dogs, and was an active supporter of animal rights organizations. She was actively engaged in politics as a campaigner and organizer for local candidates and events.
Grace is survived by three children: Jody Ginsberg (Vince Genovese) of San Leandro, Calif.; Caren Ginsberg of Rockville, Md.; and Steven Ginsberg (Katharine) of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren: Rodion, Alexandra, Michael and Maxwell Ginsberg; stepchildren Warren Weitman, Jr. of New York, N.Y.; Nancy Green (William) of New York, N.Y. and Fairfield, Conn.; and step-grandchildren Scottie Guerney (Paul), Michael (Emily D’Antonio), Peter and Gregory Weitman.
Memorial contributions in Grace’s name may be made to Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market St., Leesburg VA 20716; Greyhound Rescue, Inc., 862 Cressan Drive, Gerrardstown, VW 25420; and Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741.