Judith Levin

Judith (Goldforb) Levin, 96, died May 13 at the Southington Care Center in Connecticut at the age of 96. She was a former East Falmouth and Boston resident.

She was the widow of Samuel Levin, who died in 1997.

Her parents were Samuel and Rose (Lapinsky) Goldforb, who emigrated from Lithuania in the 1880s. She was the    youngest of their four children and was initially named Jean Adele Goldforb.

By the time Ms. Levin was 3 years old, she was infatuated with music. When her sister taught piano lessons in their South Boston home, she would hide under a chair, listen and later pretend to play the music on the piano. Her piano lessons with her sister began soon after that. When she was 10, she won first prize playing on a radio show and by the time she was attending Dorchester High School, she was playing concertos.

She attended the Longy School of Music, now part of Bard College. She subsequently received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in music from Boston University. She became an accomplished pianist who performed throughout New England and lectured on musicology through an extension program of Brandeis University. She was the organist for several decades at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, beginning in 1983 and was appointed music director there in 1985. She also played for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth.

She met Samuel Levin at a USO dance in 1943. They married 11 months later just before he was stationed overseas. After the war, the couple moved to Dorchester and later Newton and raised their three children. After the children were grown, the Levins moved to East Falmouth in 1979; a baby grand piano stood in their living room for 35 years.

She leaves her children, Betsy Bond and her husband, Norman Bond, of Cheshire, Connecticut, Clifford Levin and his wife, Linda Lewis, of Gainesville, Florida, and Jonathan Levin and his wife, Patricia Levin, of Spruce Head, Maine; five grandchildren, Jennifer Bruggeman of Des Moines, Iowa, Rebecca Mitelman of Southington, Connecticut, Jeremy Bond of West Hartford, Connecticut, Joshua Bond of Andover, and Cara Levin of Gainesville, Florida; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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