Ilse Katzman Stein

Ilse Katzman Stein


STEIN: Ilse Katzman Stein passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day 2018. Born in Geroda, Germany, Ilse lived during her almost 104 years of life through two world wars and the Israel War of Independence. She and her husband Esra, who predeceased her, fled Nazi Germany to become pioneers in Israel, eventually moving to Pittsburgh to be near family. In Israel, Ilse worked at Shaare Tzedek Hospital caring for typhus patients. In Pittsburgh, she worked at Hillel Academy, and as a preschool educator at Beth Shalom and Hebrew Institute. She twice successfully met the challenge of relocating to a new country. Ilse loved people and animals. She was a great cook, loved to read and enjoyed listening to operettas. She is survived by two daughters, Dorit Stein and Chana Zmora, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ilse never had a bad word to say about anyone and always helped others. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Humane Animal Rescue or the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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