Florence Wise
December 26, 2020

FLORENCE WISE: Of Pittsburgh, a blessing to our family, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at the remarkable age of 101. She was predeceased by her parents, Rae and Harry Karsh, brother, Joe, and her husband, Matthew. Florence will be remembered for her positive outlook on life, her generosity of time, her adaptability to life’s ups and downs, her kindness to those she loved and her commitment to her family and the Jewish community. She was involved in B’nai Brith and Hadassah and volunteered at the UPMC and Rodef Shalom Gift Shops as well as mentoring young children at Liberty School. Florence grew up in Oakland, attended Schenley High School and graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1941. After raising her children she entered the workforce at UPMC Presby for 30 years. She traveled in her retirement to Israel, England and all over the USA, but her greatest joy was to visit her grandchildren. Her loving spirit extended beyond the bonds of family and every summer celebrants came from across the country to celebrate her birthday. Mom never missed an election and was proud to cast her vote in this important one. 

She is survived by her children Dr. William S. (DeLanie) Wise, Barbara (late William) Fairman, Shelley (Michael) Miner, Ralph H. Wise, and Marla (Bruce) Friedman, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She will be missed by her beloved nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved, especially Susie Waldman. A special thank you to Marcie Carter and Laura Tillman for their dedication to mom in these last years. Donations in her memory can be made to Hadassah, Sivitz Hospice, B’nai Brith International or a charity of your choice.

Graveside Services and Interment Private. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. www.schugar.com.


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Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Florence Wise, z"l. May you be comforted with the mourners of Zion and may her memory always be for a blessing. With deepest admiration for her dedication and devotion to the great work of Hadassah.

By Carol Ann Schwartz, National Secretary Hadassah - December 29, 2020