Barbara Tesse (Gordenstein) Solomon, 88, formerly of Longmeadow and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Oct. 14 in Westwood. She was the widow of Sidney Solomon. Born and raised in Springfield, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Gordenstein and the late Ethel (Blassberg) Gordenstein. She graduated from Classical High School in Springfield and attended Syracuse University, University of Connecticut, and Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) in New York City. She worked in the fashion industry in New York as a buyer and editorial writer. She later moved back to Springfield, where she married, raised her family, and continued working part-time in fashion and editorial writing. She served as president of the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Company, now known as Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique. She supported the Sunrise Swim Club, Masters Swimming, and volunteering as a swim coach for Special Olympics. She is survived by a daughter Susan (Solomon) Kaplan; a son-in-law, Evan Kaplan; two granddaughters, Sydney and Danielle Kaplan; a sister-in-law, Solange De Azambuja Lira; and several nieces and nephews, Jessica (Gordenstein) Greene, Samuel Lira Gordenstein (Mariana), Andre Lira Gordenstein (Carisa), Amanda Lira Gordenstein Montes (Alex) and Rebeca Lira Gordenstein (Daniel). She was predeceased by a brother, Arnold Gordenstein, and her son, Steven Solomon. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Connecticut, 2666 State St., Suite 1, Hamden, CT, 06517. All donations will go directly to the swim team that Barbara coached. 



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