Roni Ostfield
February 26, 2013

Visitation Information

February 28 2013 - 10:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

February 28 2013 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

 OSTFIELD, RONI: On Tuesday, February 26, 2013; Beloved wife of Frank Cymerman. She is survived by two sons, Marc (Michael Savino) Ostfield of Washington, DC and Alan (Jennifer) Ostfield of Sleepy Hollow, NY and their father, Howard Ostfield. Sister of Dena Fox of AZ and Gary Gulak of Philadelphia, PA. Loving grandmother of Benjamin and Hannah Ostfield. Roni is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and her cherished dogs, Oliver and Karma. Roni Ostfield was the founder and Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. She served as Artistic Director of City Theatre Outreach Program for thirteen years where she directed over forty-five productions with diverse communities. Her work documented the experiences of female prisoners, homeless persons, women on welfare, holocaust survivors, "at risk” teens, gang members, refugees from Darfur, Somalia, Israeli Arabs and Jews, and many other groups. Through her work, she gave voice to their stories, affirmed their humanity and in so doing taught the value of empathy.  Ostfield acted, led workshops, taught, wrote, and directed theater in the US and internationally since 1974. Her passion was to love beyond divisions, to create community in the mist of conflict, to recognize the humanity of all people, and to improve the human experience. She touched the lives of many with her heart and fingers and will be greatly missed. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday at 11 AM. Visitation one hour prior to services, (10 - 11 AM). Interment Private. Contributions may be made to Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, c/o 2770 Fernwald Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or a charity of your choice.


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Marc and Family - I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My prayers go out to all of you in your time of need.

By Joe Geiman - Fire Island Pines - March 15, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Roni will be dearly missed. Love, Darlene, Jessica and Adam Wulkan

By Darlene, Jessica and Adam Wulkan - February 27, 2013

I am so grateful that your sister Barbara introduced me to you both. I am so, so sad for your loss. Roni was a truly special gal. She always had a story for me that somehow related to my struggle for the day and after speaking with her at length, I always felt a little relieved and relaxed. She was good medicine for me. And I am sure she was an inspiration to many, many others also. Planning trips for you two was a challenge because Roni wanted to go everywhere! Her \"bucket list\" was as big as Manhattan. I am happy to say you two put a big \"nick\" in the list. Frank, I only had the pleasure of knowing Roni for a short time but I can feel deeply for your loss and am proud to have known her. You have my heartfelt prayers for the hard days ahead. Hugs, Jody Harris

By Dear Frank, - February 27, 2013

Deepest sympathy.

By Tony and Annette Ferrieri - February 27, 2013

Frank, I am devastated by the news of Roni's passing. Though we haven't seen each other for a while, I always considered her a dear friend. She was a beloved leader in the theater community in Pittsburgh for many years and her presence will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to you and the family.

By Lora Oxenreiter - February 27, 2013

I love you, Roni. Because of your brightest light, my light shines brighter. Namaste <3

By Rhiannon Rieger - February 27, 2013

Dear Frank, Carol and I are so sorry to hear of Roni's passing. We will hold her forever in our hearts and prayers. What a special woman. We are thinking of you at your time of need and sorrow. Please let us know if they is anything we can do. Carol & Eris

By Carol & Eris Atar-Krupski - February 26, 2013

All of the memories I hold of Roni are of laughter, connection and respect. It was a great pleasure that Roni touched my life.She will not be forgotten.

By Renny Sherrow - February 26, 2013