Lydia Helen Ackerman, born on April 10, 1942, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 surrounded by her
loving family. Lydia was the daughter of the late Mildred and Hyman Grossman of Liberty, New York.
She grew up in the Catskill Mountains, in Liberty New York. Several generations of Grossmans lived and
worked in nearby towns. As such, Lydia spent much of her time playing with her brother and many
cousins. She would often recount the fun they had, from “borrowing” family cars for a late-night
mountain drive to working at the family business, Grossman’s Auto Sales.
After attending the University of Miami for two years she left college and married then Fred Ackerman.
They lived in Fort Knox Kentucky for a few years while Fred served in the United States Army. Shortly
after Sheri was born, they moved to Albany New York. It was here that they had their second daughter,
Lydia lived a full life. She was known to her friends to have a funny sense of humor. She loved to spend
time with her girlfriends, going to the movies and then out to dinner. She played golf whenever possible
and volunteered her time with the Delmar Progress Club and the Bethlehem Garden Club.
Lydia loved her family and was blessed with 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was known
as Meme to them and was proud of each and all of their accomplishments.
Lydia is survived by her two daughters, Sheri (David) Canfield of Glenmont, New York and Pamela
(David) Ackerman-Garcia of Fanwood, New Jersey. Lydia was also the proud grandmother to Shelby
(Kory) Asher and Alex and Mackenzie Townsend, and Brandon and Joshua Garcia. She was also the
great grandmother to Emilia and Oaklyn Asher. Lydia is also survived by her brother, Sydney (Kay)
Grossman of Fort Myers, Florida, and their daughter Amy and her gang of cousins some who still live in
the Catskills and many who migrated south to Marco Island, Florida.
Services will be privately held with just the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Lydia
may make a memorial contribution to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands NY 12204