Elliott Gilels
Born 1932
Died 1/16/2016

Elliott Gilels, 84, died Saturday morning in Wellington, Florida. Born in 1931 to Alex and Celia Gilels, he was a life resident of Syracuse. At 18, his parents were tragically killed in a car accident, and he and his older brother, Victor took over the family business, Onondaga Optical. They successfully ran the business for many years until retiring. Elliott was a member of Temple Beth El, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Lafayette Country Club where he enjoyed golfing. Elliott and Joan spent the winter months in Florida. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family. Elliotts optimism and positive outlook on life is his legacy to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Joan of 59 years; their children, Andrea (Jeff) Hoffman, Marc (Mary) Gilels and Robyn (Danny) Aiello; their grandchildren, Lindsey, Felicia, Catrina, Matthew and Max; his brothers, Lionel (Jackie) and Jerome; his sisters, Laberta (Daniel) Forman and Georganne (Arthur) Burke; his sister-in-law, Harlene Gilels; and his brother-in-law, Stan (Lori) Regent.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, at Sisskind Funeral Chapel. Friends may visit with the family prior to the service on Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral chapel, 3175 E. Genesee Street. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Temple Adath Yeshurun or a charity of one\\'s choice.
Shiva will be observed at Joan and Elliott\\'s home Wednesday evening, Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 p.m. sisskindfuneralservice.com

Date of Death: January 16, 2016
Burial Location
Joan Gilels
Born 9/29/1936 in New York City, NY
Died 4/6/2016