Vera Kassman Tilson, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died June 24, 2019 at Goodwin House in Falls Church, Virginia. Born August 2, 1924 in Brookline Massachusetts to Nicholai and Luba Kassman, she outlived her parents and siblings (Eugene Kassman and Elly Kassman Meyer) by many years. She is remembered as a vigorous, loving person who deeply cherished friendships and family.
In 1950 Vera married David Tilson and moved to Virginia where they raised three daughters. They shared a love of music, art, travel, and theatre. In their later years, they split their time between Virginia and Connecticut at a summer home where they had another community of friends and family and were able to enjoy the many music festivals nearby.
Vera played the violin from an early age and always had a love of singing. She had a big influence on many lives through her music and was a role model for many women by becoming an accomplished choral conductor at a time when this field was dominated by men.
As Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington she became known for the quality, depth, and breadth of the music program. She also founded the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, taught voice at George Mason University and was a reviewer for the Georgetowner newspaper and, during the summer, for the Lakeville Journal in Connecticut.
Vera is survived by her husband, David; daughters Barbara Tilson (Jerry Roberts), Amy Gurri (Martin), Carole Tilson (Steven Miller); grandchildren Adam Gurri (Catherine Finn), David Gurri, Cati Gurri, Jon Miller, Gene Miller, Ben Roberts, Kate Roberts; and great grandson Elliot Gurri.