Fritz Ottenheimer
July 20, 2017

Visitation Information

July 23 2017 - 9:00 am
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Funeral Information

July 23 2017 - 10:00 am
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

OTTENHEIMER, FRITZ: Of Pittsburgh, on Thursday July 20, 2017, Beloved husband of Goldie Beruh Ottenheimer of Pittsburgh. Loving father of Dan Ottenheimer and his wife Sara Weber of Massachusetts; and Marcie Miller and her husband Jim Miller of Virginia. Loving grandfather of Sarah, Claire and Elise Gebauer and David Ottenheimer. And loving "Uncle Fritz" to many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and other extended family members. Born in Konstanz, Germany, Fritz came to the U.S. as a teen. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he received an Industrial Engineering degree and moved to Pittsburgh, becoming an Engineer for Westinghouse. Fritz devoted much of his free time to charitable causes, beginning with the Boy Scouts of America and with tutoring; and after retirement with the Rehabilitation Institute, the Pace School, Temple Sinai, and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Fritz spoke at dozens of schools and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh area about the Holocaust and his personal experiences as a Jew in Nazi Germany. He touched the lives of thousands of people, and will be sorely missed by many. Services at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill on Sunday July 23, 2017 at 10 AM. Visitation at temple one hour prior to services (9 AM - 10 AM). Interment Temple Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, 826 Hazelwood Avenue, Squirrel Hill Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Shiva will be held at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill, Sunday and Monday evening at 7 PM. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.


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Dear Goldie and family, As co-workers of Fritz at Westinghouse, we had the greatest respect and fondness for him. We admired his work ethic, and his many volunteer activities...especially with the Boy Scouts. We also are proud possessors of a signed copy of his book, Escape and Return. For the past several years, we have missed seeing Fritz and Goldie at our regular Sunday afternoon performances at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. They sat immediately behind us, which provided us the opportunity to share news with one another. Without fail, Fritz purchased a cookie at intermission, which was consistent with his ritual of enjoying a treat during work breaks. It was a privilege to know Fritz. He\'s sorely missed. Sincerely, Judy and John Esposito

By John and Judy Esposito - July 26, 2017

Very sorry for your loss

By NL - July 26, 2017

Dear Goldie, I was so sorry not to be able to attend Fritz'XLOQY' funeral or viewing, because of my travel schedule, but I wanted you to know of my sorrow at his passing. I greatly admired him and we shared the blessings of Temple Sinai for decades with you both. Sharing his difficult experiences with the Holocaust, he was a contributor to all the communities of which he was a part. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Jerry Zoffer

By Jerry Zoffer - July 26, 2017

Fritz was dearly beloved by my late mother and greatly respected by me. He will be remembered forever and missed by so many!

By Rebekah Siegel - July 25, 2017

Like many, we knew Fritz Ottenheimer from Temple Sinai. He was a light to many and it was always a delight to be in his presence. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him; his memory will forever be a blessing. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and those who knew him best.

By Karen and Chuck Moellenberg - July 22, 2017

Dear Goldie, We will all miss Fritz, a man beloved to family, friends and community. I was especially touched by reading his memoirs from Germany to America. Patty Love Anouchi

By Patty Love Anouchi - July 22, 2017

Deepest sympathies. I really enjoyed your Dad's book. I lent it out to several people because I thought it was so good.

By Ralph Goldstein - July 22, 2017

With deepest sympathy to all!

By Hans Kovanic - July 22, 2017

Fritz will continue to be a blessing, as he was in life. I'm sorry to be out of town and unable to attend the funeral

By Michele Feingold - July 22, 2017

We have been away from Pittsburgh for many years, but Fritz and his role in the Survivor Center and Temple Sinai is still very much part of our memories. Fritz served as a stalwart support in both places. We send our deeply felt condolences to his family survivors as well as to his many friends at the Survivor Center and Temple Sinai.

By Norma and Steve Fenves - July 21, 2017

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By Aaron Endelman - July 21, 2017

I very much enjoyed my time with Fritz. An author and a true gentleman. It was also a privilege that my family was able to meet him. Thank you Fritz.

By Lutins - July 21, 2017

Marcie & Danny, I am so sorry to read about your dad. We saw him & your mother in June when in Pittsburgh. I hope your mother is doing OK, please give her our regards & love. My condolences for you both & your families.

By Barbara Solomon & Dean Derek - July 21, 2017

Prayers for God's comfort and strength for you Claire, and your family. My condolences.

By Leslie Pinckney - July 21, 2017

We are all heartbroken... the World is so much smaller without our beloved Fritz. With deepest sympathy, Jerry, Irene, Daniel, Maddie and Sami

By Jerry Schatten - July 21, 2017