Ina Gonick

Obituary of Ina Gonick

~~Ina Segal Gonick

Ina (Segal) Gonick died peacefully on July 27 at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center in Albany, where she lived for the past two months, after residing at The Massry Residence, part of the Daughters of Sarah Community, for six years.

Ina married Stanley Gonick in 1952 and was a loving wife to him for 42 years, until his passing in 1994.  She was devoted to her three sons, Arthur, Michael and Stephen, and showed them the value of resilience and humor by the way she lived her life.  She was a devoted mother-in-law to Steve’s wife, Denise, whom she loved like a daughter.  Ina was also a caring sister to Arlene Salomon and aunt to Robert Salomon. But, most of all, she was an important role model for her two granddaughters, Kathryn and Jennifer, and could be seen knitting scarves and hats for them until her final days. 

Ina was the first person in her family to graduate from college, her beloved City College of New York, much to the delight of her proud parents, Albert and Dorothy Segal. She grew up in the Bronx, but she often talked about her great summers with family and friends on the campgrounds of Monroe, N.Y.  Her enthusiasm for education encouraged every family member who came after her to follow in her footsteps and pursue a college education.  Although she was a school teacher for just a short time, her fourth grade students often reconnected with her later in life to tell her how much she meant to them. 

Ina could always be found in the middle of any discussion, but she rarely served as the moderating point of view.  She voiced her opinions on issues both large and insignificant with equal vigor.  In one moment, she could advocate for her favorite Democratic politician, and then seamlessly transition to express her fierce opposition to certain meal offerings in the residence dining room, much to the humorous fascination of the friends and family around her.  Her sense of humor never left her.  Rather, she would adapt it to her daily outlook, her comic persona shifting from observational to dry to downright silly to fit her mood that day.

She loved Jeopardy, needlepoint, crossword puzzles, Mah Jong, and always was midway through a good book.  She liked to plan parties for other family members and was a fairly good bowler in her younger days.   She also enjoyed taking a spin in her son’s Mini Cooper convertible, with the top down and Frank Sinatra songs blaring.

Ina was a generous supporter of many Jewish causes and also of Skidmore College, where Stanley worked for many years. 

Services at the Shaara Tfille Cemetery, Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY on Tuesday, August 1st  at 11:00am

Those wishing to remember Ina in a special way may make a memorial contribution to Congregation Beth Emeth , 100 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208 , the Massry Residence, 182 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany,  New York 12203 or the  charity of your choice .The period of mourning will be observed on Tuesday evening from 7-9pm at the home of Stephen and Denise.