Edith Wattenmaker
September 24, 2015

Visitation Information

September 27 2015 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

September 27 2015 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

WATTENMAKER, EDITH: On Thursday, September 24, 2015; Beloved wife of the late Dr. Bernard Wattenmaker. Loving mother of Patricia Wattenmaker, William Wattenmaker, Ian Wattenmaker (Jennifer Pietenpol) and Suzanne (Scott) Mankowitz. Daughter of the late Rabbi Chaim and Rose Davidovich. Sister of Dorothy Davidson (Chuck Carter), Rita (Dom) Alicandro and Nathan (Amy) Davidovich. Grandmother of Caroline, Annie, Gavin, Benjamin, Zachary, Tamar and Yaakov . Also survived by nieces and nephews. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Sunday at 1 PM. Visitation one hour prior to services (12 Noon - 1 PM). Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. www.schugar.com


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Remembering Edith, my employer, my friend. This is so long in coming, but shopping in the places were I got your flowers on my way in to work for you, makes me miss you. I saw a diamond in the rough. You could act angry and upset, but I saw through the exterior to someone who cared deeply about what was right, a generosity of spirit, a zest for life to keep current and relevant to current events even at an elderly age when many would have just settled into their own little routines. In fact, your anger that it should not take two hours to do shopping, and it did, was my wake-up call that something was wrong with my focus and to look for the answers to why. Pressing my doctors harder for answers helped me discover the bone infection gone systemic. I often wished that I was a retiree that could merely be your friend who had time to go to all the interesting functions you invited me to attend, but the practicalities of my life were different than my wishes, so I remained your employee. You watched the news avidly, and then, you went to your computer to search out answers about political personalities. In my opinion, you were very discerning about people and their deeper attitudes. I was very impressed by it. The prophets of Israel got angry about what was wrong in life. You loved introducing discussions on religion, telling me that Judaism was a desert religion, one God, not complicated by many God's. As I been been studying a book about walking with God through the desert (metaphorically speaking), I found some verses that remind me of what you were trying to say. "For the LORD's portion is His people, Jacob His allotted inheritance. In a desert land He found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; He guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions." Deuteronomy 32:9-11 And, G-d "says this "I remember the affection of your youth, the love of your bridal days: you followed me through the wilderness..." Jeremiah 2:2 So glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of your life and to care for you. I miss your intellectually stimulating discussions. I trust that I will see you on the other side of eternity.

By Kathy Ann Young - June 16, 2016