SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Selma (Mistofsky) Aronson passed away on Sept. 6 at her home in San Antonio. Selma was born on Jan. 17, 1921, in Providence. She was brought up in the Jewish Orphanage of Rhode Island.
Selma completed her nursing training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and served as an Army nurse during World War II. She played a prominent role in South Florida, including creating formalized procedure plans for nursing homes. As a private nurse, she cared for many including the screenwriter Rod Serling and actor Desi Arnaz. She worked at Cedars of Lebanon, Mercy and Jackson Memorial hospitals. In the early days, she served a term as president of the Florida Association Directors of Nursing Administration.
Selma was preceded in death by her parents Tillie (Greenberg) and Louis Mistofsky, her husband Leonard Aronson, her sister Zelda (Jim) McDonald, her brother-in-law Joseph (Marguerite) Aronson, her sisters-in-law Ruth (Steve) Gold and Teresa (Ben) Grossberg, and grandsons Zane and Jeremy Aronson. She is survived by her children Dennis (Patty), Donna, Mark and Judith Aronson; her grandchildren Mehs and Lindsay Aronson Ess; Michael, Jenna, Ben, David and Allie Aronson; and Laurie Olszewski; her great-grandchildren Mia, Piper and Caine Aronson, and Steven Olszewski; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Despite a difficult childhood, she lived a long life of unconditional love and support for her children and grandchildren. She was an exceptionally strong role model as an independent woman. Selma will be remembered as a loving and generous wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandma and aunt.