Albany, New York
Dorice K. Brickman, 92, died on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Albany Medical Center Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, several days after being stricken at home.
A lifelong resident of Albany, Dorice was born on Feb. 7, 1930, to Samuel and Nancy (Bittman) Koffsky. She attended Albany public schools before enrolling at Syracuse University for one year, after which she married Norman Brickman and began a long, fulfilling life as a homemaker, producing first-rate meals and desserts, sewing many of her own and her children’s clothes, and supporting her husband in his business pursuits. Their marriage lasted one day short of sixty years, ending with Norman’s death in 2008.
When Dorice’s youngest child entered first grade, she returned to college and, in her mid-thirties, completed a degree in Speech Pathology at the University at Albany; she then continued on to graduate studies. Though Dorice never worked outside the home, she was an avid volunteer, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader and on non-profit boards, including a long stint with The Workshop of Menands.
Her commitment to social causes and the arts never flagged, and donations to several of her favorite charities were among the last actions of her life. Dorice was a beloved daughter, niece, cousin, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend; she was fiercely independent and remained almost totally self-sufficient, living in her own house until her final days.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Dorice was predeceased by her oldest daughter, Mona. Survivors include a brother, Robert Koffsky (Barbara) of Beacon, N.Y.; children Ellen Brickman and David Brickman (Karen Ciancetta) of Albany, and Anna Brickman (Ed Reinfurt) of Delmar; grandchildren Amy Iselin (Andrew Pickel) of Rome, N.Y., Rita Demo (Jeremy Lundblad) of W. Hartford, Conn., Leah Demo of Troy, and Noah Jensen of Springfield, N.J.; and three great-grandchildren. Numerous cousins and several nieces and nephews also mourn her loss.
Dorice’s family would like to thank the staff at Albany Med for their compassionate care and support during her final days, which she was able to spend as she wished, without medical intervention.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Mendleson Chapel, located on the grounds of the Beth Emeth Cemetery, 58 Turner Lane in Loudonville, NY. with a reception to follow at the Century House in Latham.
Donations in Dorice’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice