Asna F. Aronie


Asna Fisher Aronie, 98, died on November 13, 2012.

Asna was born April 24, 1914, in Boston, the eldest daughter of Alice and Seymour Fisher, and sister to Bernice, Sarah, and Ethel. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Art, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Fine Arts.

Asna met and married the love of her life, Israel Hosea Aronie, who proposed to her on the first date, and they raised their family in Needham. Among her many accomplishments, she worked as a graphic artist at the Court Square Press in Boston; ran a portrait business with her husband in the days of black-and-white photography, hand-painting portraits in color; helped establish and run the Lincoln Poultry Farm; worked with a Russian technical writer; was instrumental in the design of the John Elliot Elementary School in Needham; and was a founder of Temple Beth Shalom in Needham which began in their basement. She worked in partnership with her husband renovating the apartment buildings they owned and operated in Dorchester and Roxbury, and she worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a graphic artist in the public relations dept; was an amazing ballroom dancer. She made her own clothes and raised four boys and was a wonderful calligrapher. In their eighties, Asna and Israel spent many years snow birding between Hollywood, Fla., and Concord, at their beloved White Pond home.

Asna never showed anger; she was always graceful and full of joy. She is survived by her two sisters, Sarah Braveman and Bernice Goldman; her four sons, Joel, Steven, Alan, and Martin Aronie, daughters-in-law Nancy Slonim Aronie, Rose Aronie, and in memoriam Linda Aronie; grandchildren, Josh and Angela, Aprill, Shaunan, Jason, Sarah, Elka, and in memoriam Daniel. She delighted in her great grandson, Eli Aronie.

Asna was a frequent visitor to the Island, where she stayed with Nancy and Joel of Chilmark.

A memorial celebration will be held June 22, 2013, at her White Pond home.