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Rome icon Ava Dorfman dies

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The woman who was a founding leader of the Senior Citizens council in Rome and had a senior citizen center named after her has died.

Ava Dorfman, who was born in Poland and survived the Holocaust, has died.

She came to the U.S. where she met her late husband, Dr. Milton Dorfman. The couple lived in Rome for the rest of their lives, where Ava worked to plan and secure the funding for the center that has her name on it.

Rome Mayor Joseph Fusco calls Dorfman an icon in the community.

"This gal was involved in just about everything that was happening in the City of Rome since '60s," Fusco said. "She was key in bringing the Ava Dorfman Senior center to Rome. It was the first one ever built with HUD funding. At one point, Governor Rockefeller threw his hands in the air and put her on the committee, because she was so tenacious."

Calling hours are from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nunn and Harper funeral Home. A funeral service is planned for Thursday.

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