Vera (Kassman) Tilson

LAKEVILLE — Vera (Kassman) Tilson, 94, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died June 24, 2019, at Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va.  

Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Brookline, Mass., 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 theater.  

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.

Vera is survived by her husband, David; her daughters Barbara Tilson and her husband, Jerry Roberts, Amy Gurri and her husband, Martin, and Carole Tilson and her husband, Steven Miller; her grandchildren, Adam Gurri and his wife, Catherine Finn, David Gurri, Cati Gurri, Jon Miller, Gene Miller, Ben Roberts and Kate Roberts; and a great-grandson, Elliot Gurri.