Linda Rashba


Linda S. Rashba of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., died on June 20, 2015, at her home in West Tisbury. She was 73.

Linda was born in New York City on May 4, 1942, the daughter of Julius and Rose Strongin Urman. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in nursing in 1964, and earned a master’s in nursing administration from Pace University later in her career. She led the former St. Francis Hospital Home Care service in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as nursing administrator for 15 years until her retirement in 2010. Prior to that, she directed programs for the Dutchess County Health Department. Linda started her career in nursing at the Visiting Nurses Association in Hartford, Conn.

Linda married Paul M. Rashba on June 7, 1964, in Westchester, N.Y. The couple were inseparable, visiting their parents frequently, traveling, and hosting family and religious observances. Linda’s exceptional generosity and loyalty were reflected in the depth of her relationships with family, friends, and community organizations.

Linda showed courage and dignity in the face of a prolonged illness, demonstrating her resilience and desire to live on countless occasions. Until last month, Linda served as an active board member and past president of Hudson Valley Home Matters, a charitable organization helping seniors to lead independent lives in their own homes. She has also held leadership positions with the New York State Nurses Association, served on the Board of Temple Beth-El, and volunteered to counsel young people in schools on the prevention of child abuse.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Eric Rashba and Lynn Hallarman of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; son Edward Rashba of Cresskill, N.J.; daughter and her partner Simma Rashba and Harry Parris of West Tisbury; brothers and sisters-in-laws Jeff and Marian Urman of Palo Alto, Calif., and Stephen and Sheila Urman of Rockville, Md.; and sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Harry Myers of Monroe, Conn. Her beloved grandchildren are Sam, Margot, Levana, Julius, and Max. Linda was also close to her many nieces and nephews. Linda was predeceased by a son, Louis G. Rashba.

Services were held June 21 at Temple Beth-El, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The burial ceremony followed at the family plot in the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Beth-El, 118 South Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or Hudson Valley Home Matters, P.O. Box 2734, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or via their website,

Arrangements were under the direction of William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. The family can receive condolences via