Our treasured mother, Elizabeth Schwartz Redlich, passed away on June 22 surrounded by her loving children. Our mother exuded selflessness, joyfulness, compassion, dignity and devotion which was appreciated by both family and friends who had the honor of knowing her.
Elizabeth was born on August 26, 1931 in Ungvar, Hungary and enjoyed the love of a large extended family. Following the war, she relocated to Sweden and ultimately moved to Israel to begin a new life. Drawing on her courageous spirit , she involved herself in the 1948 War of Independence in Israel. She earned her Registered Nurse degree and ultimately became the Chief Nurse of the Burn and Trauma Unit at Hadassah Hospital where she was well respected for her nursing skills and compassion. Elizabeth met the love of her life, John, a Sergeant in the Israeli Army, and they married in 1953.
Seeking to reunite with family, Elizabeth arrived in the United States where a year later John was able to obtain a visa and join her in Youngstown, Ohio. They began a family and Arleen, Rob and Ron became the light of their lives. Together they encouraged their children’s academic pursuits and derived great satisfaction in their accomplishments. She led a life of optimism and cited the lyrics to the Broadway musical song, “Tomorrow “as a message of strength and resilience. To Elizabeth, family was paramount and she committed efforts to maintain special relationships with cousins who lived across the continents. Her compassionate nature led people to entrust her with stories of their personal challenges and they relied on her wise counsel.
Elizabeth was intellectually curious and was always ready to discuss world affairs as well as advances in medicine. Her other interests included involvement in Jewish community organizations of Hadassah, Pioneer Women, ORT and Temple El Emeth Sisterhood. She also delighted in entertaining family and friends with her culinary treats and loved when the house was filled with guests.
Elizabeth was cherished by her three children who did everything possible to enrich her life. Each, in their own way, went to the ends of the earth to ensure that her needs were met.
Elizabeth is survived by daughter Arleen(Jon) Levine of Toledo; son Dr. Robert (Lisa) Redlich of Hudson and son Ron Redlich of Youngstown; grandsons Stephen Levine of Ann Arbor, Jason Levine of Toledo and Adam Redlich of New York. Also her special nieces and nephews- Lea Bracha, Dr. Richard (Lori) Barth , Ken Barth and Shirley(Terry) Placey. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John, sister and brother in law Vera and Sanford Barth, brother and sister in law Nicholas and Vera Schwartz, brother in law and sister in law Hilda and Jacob Junger; sister Anniko Schwartz and parents Solomon and Regina Schwartz. She held her loved ones deeply in her heart.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Sunday, June 27 at Itt’s Memorial Chapel of El Emeth Granada Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio. Friends may call one half hour prior to the service.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Elizabeth’s memory should consider a gift to Hadassah Organization at www.hadassah.org in memory of Elizabeth Redlich or mail to Hadassah Attn: Donor Services P.O. Box 1100 , New York, NY 10268-1100 and note Elizabeth Redlich Fund in the memo.
The family wishes to acknowledge Rabbi Joseph Schonberger for his many years of friendship and support to our family. Our mother derived great pleasure from his many special visits.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the dedication of Tanita McElroy, Andrea Johnson, Natalie Barnes and Celeste Brathwaite for their loving years of caregiver support. Also, a special note to Dr. John Gianetti for his many years of care and to the staff of the Cleveland Clinic ICU for their support over the past months.
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