Ilse Katzman Stein
May 14, 2018

Funeral Information

May 16 2018 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside 15232

STEIN, ILSE KATZMAN: 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 pre-school 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 at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Wednesday at 1 PM. NO PRIOR VISITATION. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Humane Animal Rescue, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 or United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  


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Dear Dorit, Words cannot take away the pain of losing a mother.but what can warm your heart is Knowing that you did the best you could do for her and your father. May her memory bring a smile to your heart!! Love, Hilda P.s. do you remember when we three went to Israel together? ( 1968) Memories...

By Hilda Schneider Epstein - May 16, 2018

Dorit, I was quite emotional when I read of your sweet mom's passing. So many beautiful memories of this lovely woman filled my mind. She was so special and you have been sn amazing daughter. May her memory be of warm blessings to you and your family. Baruch dayan haemeth. With love, Stephanie

By Stephanie Davis - May 16, 2018