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Washington Society of Jewish Deaf Life Cycle Announcement: Mildred Jean Zisman



Mildred Jean Zisman of Rockville, MD died peacefully at home on December 3, 2014 at the age of 87 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the devoted and loving daughter of Cecelia K. and Maurice Folsom who preceded her in death.  Also preceding her was beloved husband of 45 years, Isadore "Izzy" Zisman.

Jean was born and grew up in Washington, D.C.  She attended the Kendall School for the Deaf in northeast DC and graduated in 1944.  She then enrolled at Gallaudet College on the same campus where she graduated in 1949. Jean lived in Washington, DC until 2004 when she moved to Rockville.

She was a passionate fan of local sports teams and attended sporting events at all 3 stadiums-Griffith, RFK, and FedEx-as well as Nationals Park, Capital Centre and Verizon Center.   She was a community volunteer and was active in the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, Maryland Deaf Senior Citizens, Washington Society of Jewish Deaf, and the now closed National Fraternal Society of the Deaf among other community organizations.  She also enjoyed bowling leagues and local tournaments.

Before marriage, Jean worked for the Veterans Affairs administration.  After raising two children she returned to work part-time for Captioned Films for the Deaf.  In her later years she volunteered at the Misler Center.

She is survived by her children, Marcia and Harry (Diane); brother Allan Folsom (Judy); granddaughter Kimberly and beloved grand dog Lucky.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m., at King David Memorial Gardens - 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042 with a gathering at the home afterwards.  The address is 501 King Farm Blvd, # 402, Rockville, MD 20850.

Shiva will be observed at the home on Monday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Jean's memory to the DE & PKZ Woman Scholarship Fund at Gallaudet University (, Montgomery Hospice (, or to a charity of your choice.

The WSJD Board sends condolences to Marcia Zisman, Harry Zisman, and members of their family. May Jean Zisman's life be for a blessing.


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Washington Society of Jewish Deaf
P.O. Box 10473
Burke, Virginia 22009