GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Ida “Chaike” Levine, a longtime Greenburgh teacher, died Tuesday, May 5 in Newark, Del., just one month shy of her 86th birthday.
Levine was born June 7, 1929, and was raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Hunter College in 1951 with a degree in education. Her marriage to David lasted 52 years before his death in 2005.
She began her teaching career with elementary age children in New York City and New Jersey before working for the Greenburgh Central #7 School district as an early elementary school teacher, where she worked for several decades.
Throughout her career, Levine took part in many experimental education programs and edited math books for teachers. In 1990, David and Chaike retired to San Diego, where she pursued her love of gardening and community theater. Early this year in declining health, she moved to Newark, Del. to be near her son and his family.
In addition to her career as an educator, Levine became accomplished in community theater starting with the Fort Hill Players in White Plains, and later for several theaters in San Diego.
She was a sought after stage manager and assistant director, winning awards for her backstage accomplishments. She became a mentor for new people in the theater community, happy to share her knowledge with others. Levine was generous and dedicated to any task she took on. She loved reading, theater, music, scrabble and HGTV.
A longtime resident of Greenburgh, Levine is survived by her children, Steven (Ellen) of Newark, Del., and Ricki (Mark Epstein) of Holland, Mich.; grandchildren D.J. and Dan Levine, brother, Paul (Phyllis) Bader of Montoursville, Pa; nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and multiple friends on both coasts.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.
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