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YOUNGSTOWN – Graveside services will be held at the Anshe Emeth Cemetery on Granada Ave today at 2:30 p.m. for Lillian Katzman, 84, who passed away peacefully on Monday morning, June 3, at Heritage Manor in Youngstown.
Lillian was born on Oct. 17, 1934, in Youngstown to the late Abraham and Sophie Laskovich Katzman. Lillian was the youngest of three sisters, Dorothy Katzman Feuer and Gertrude Katzman Gordon.
Lillian attended The Rayen School, where her lifelong passion for art was nurtured. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford Ohio and was President of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Upon graduation, Lillian became an elementary school art teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools. This was during at time when there was little funding for art education in public schools and Lillian created the “art cart” to take her materials from room to room as she didn’t want to deprive the children of many things they should know in art. She enjoyed working with the first and second graders and invited well known artists into the classroom to give demonstrations.
In 1965, she was one of 200 teachers in Ohio who were recognized as Jennings Scholars, as an outstanding educator in her field. Lillian returned to Youngstown to teach art in the Niles Public schools and was a passionate teacher for 27 years before her retirement.
She was a lifelong painter and art collector.
Lillian was an active member of the arts community in Youngstown and Cleveland, frequently attending lectures and exhibits. She was an active member of Temple El Emeth her entire adult life.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Brian and Betsy Feuer of Columbus, Dr. Joel Feuer of Youngstown, Randy Feuer of Florida, and Daryl Gordon of Niles, and Stacy Gordon of Tennessee.
Donations in Lillian’s memory can be made to The Butler Institute of American Art.