PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gussie Baxt died peacefully July 19 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Rose and Samuel Weinberg and was predeceased by her brother, George Weinberg, and sister, Molly Goldsmith Halpern. Gussie was the beloved wife of the late Victor J. Baxt for 45 years. She was previously married to the late Joseph Chusmir. Gussie is survived by her sons Robert Chusmir (Judy) and Michael Chusmir (Deborah). She lived her entire life in Providence, with homes in Newport and Palm Beach, Florida.
Gussie was the matriarch of her family, a role model to many and a woman who dedicated her life to her husband, family, friends and community. She had a passion for helping people and worthy causes. She followed in her late husband Victor’s footsteps as an ardent philanthropist. She loved her family and was forever grateful for the support and care she received from her beloved children, nieces and nephews. Gussie always said she tried to live her life in the spirit of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Gussie was an enthusiastic supporter of The Miriam Hospital, The University of Rhode Island, Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Alliance and JCC, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, Camp JORI and numerous other nonprofits.
Gussie is also survived by three loving granddaughters: Jodi King (Jeff), Tracie Curran (Ryan) and Kimberly Chusmir; six great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews Paula and Gary Epstein, Lyn Ross, Beverly and Stanley Cohen, Linda and Richard Mittleman, Ronni Hodosh, Marsha and Philip Shapiro, Steven and Marjorie Chusmir, Ruth Nemzoff and Harris Berman and Judi and Alan Josephson.
In Gussie’s memory, please consider supporting a charity of your choice.