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Lost to coronavirus: Sheila Aaronson, widow of county political powerhouse Burt, dies

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Published Jun 20, 2020, 6:20 PM

In the oft-times chaotic world of local politics, Sheila Aaronson was known best as a friendly face. Though quiet and kind in her demeanor — and standing at 5 feet tall — she was a behind-the-scenes influencer and right-hand woman to Burt Aaronson, her furniture executive-turned powerhouse county commissioner husband of nearly 70 years. “She looked like she was heading for 100,” her son Rick said. But after a fall at home this month, she broke her leg and was treated at Delray Medical Center, Rick said. She went home for a few days but fell ill and returned to the hospital, where she tested positive for the coronavirus. She died Monday at the age of 93. 

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