Eva Lindemann Shurman passed away in Aspen on September 16th one day before her 97th birthday. Born September 17,1915 she grew up in Berlin. In 1934 she went to study in England and then to Spain for further study. It was in Madrid that she met her future husband, George Shurman. In April of 1938 they married in Baltimore. They eventually settled in the suburbs of New York, raising their sons, John and Andrew. Eva worked as a language teacher and travel agent. In the late 1990’s they moved to Miami where George died in 2002. She moved to Aspen to be near John and wife Cari in 2006.
She and George skied many times in Aspen especially in the 1950’s and 60’s. She had skied since she was a small child in Switzerland and the Dolomites-no chair lifts, no gondolas, not even a rope tow-just hike up with skins! She loved to ski.
Living for the first time in a small town, Eva met the challenge of starting anew with her usual openness and gusto. The Aspen community was very welcoming. Eva’s love of languages enabled her to become involved in English in Action. Never a community activist, she was amazed to find herself as an Aspen Senior Council representative.
She was thrilled to return to changes of season. Her social gifts enabled her to make many new friends and acquaintances of all ages. She loved Friday lunches at the Senior Center, bridge and exercise groups, evening classes, and the Music Festival. She especially enjoyed taking the bus to the Music Festival where the young musicians provided her many opportunities to converse and to observe life with amusement and curiosity
She is survived by John and Cari Shurman of Aspen and Andrew and Monique Shurman of Keene, New Hampshire as well as 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. We will miss her and continue to be inspired by her wonderful attitude toward life.
A memorial service in Aspen will be held at the Pitkin County Senior Center on September 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Save The Children or Doctors Without Borders or Hospice of the Valley.
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