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Rebecca Rabin Sacks was born August 31, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois to Ephraim and Anna Rabin, immigrants from Eastern Europe. She attended public schools in Chicago, graduating from John Marshall High School in 1936, at the age of 16 years old. She was voted "most likely to succeed" by her classmates. Rebecca attended Northwestern University.
Through a mutual cousin, she met Ted Sacks at a family Thanksgiving gathering in 1939, and she was immediately smitten by him. They were married the next year on March 10, 1940. Rebecca then moved to Monroe, where Ted and his family lived.
Finding herself in a totally new environment, she needed to adapt quickly to her new life, with no friends and little support. She was then separated from her new husband when Ted enlisted in the Army. She immediately rose to the challenge and became manager of Sacks Furniture Company for the next three years. During this same period she found the time to volunteer for the Red Cross as a nurse's aide, and found herself by involving herself in the community.
Rebecca was very devoted to her faith. She was a founding member of the local chapter of Hadassah, the international Jewish women's organization that helps many causes.
Rebecca was also a founding member of Monroe's synagogue, Temple B'nai Israel, and acted as treasurer for many years. Rebecca was also affiliated with Toledo's Temple B'nai Israel for over 60 years, where she took her children for religious education.
Rebecca's gracious welcoming of all people into her home for any and every occasion were renowned. Indeed she thrilled to bringing people together for holy days, festivals, or any occasion.
Rebecca was an avid traveler. Her many trips abroad included Israel 8 times, China, Japan, Russia, Cuba, and the Caribbean, South America and Europe, with her beloved husband Ted.
Rebecca was an avid reader, loved the arts, movies, and music, insisting that her children each learn to play a musical instrument. She loved to play cards and developed many lasting friendships. She even traveled to Upper Michigan annually to attend "bridge camp."
Preceding Rebecca in death were her parents, Ephraim and Anna Rabin, brothers Samuel, Irving and Issie, and sisters Ruth and Sylvia. Her surviving sister is Celia Sacks of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Rebecca leaves behind her children, Merrylen, Bruce, Harris, Susan, Jonathan, Sara, Franklin, Janis, J.B., and Steven; grandchildren, Joshua Beth, Amy, Dan, Jesse, Jana, Sarah Rose, Boris, Jacob, Jessica, Lia, Evan, and Jesse; great-grandchildren, Aki, Zachary, Alexander, Jack, Samuel, Sofia, Adam, Bella Rose, and Aliyah; and great-great-grandchild Winter. Rebecca's love of family includes many devoted nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rebecca believed in service to others. She was the last surviving founding member of Monroe Thrift Shop and remained actively involved until recently. She supported many causes through her generosity of time and resources. For example, after visiting Haiti, she was so moved by the poverty that she would send clothing and other items over many years.
Rebecca's warmth, radiance and outgoing personality endeared her to a wide array of friends of all ages and backgrounds.
Rebecca had a unique zest for life that was boundless and infectious. Her larger-than-life personality could turn an ordinary event into an extraordinary moment.
Rebecca's family expresses its sincere thanks to her caregivers, and the staff, of Mercy Memorial Hospice for their compassionate care. The family remains deeply grateful to Dr. Edward Feldman for his expert care and his devotion, kindness, and counsel to the family over many years.
Funeral services will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Wick Funeral Home, 2426 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, Ohio (419-535-5840), with interment following at Eagle Point Cemetery in Rossford, Ohio. Following interment, the family and friends will gather at Temple B'nai Israel, 141 E. 8th St., Monroe, Michigan.
All are welcome to take part in funeral and graveside services, luncheon following services and the traditional period of mourning (shiva), during which well-wishers share memories and offer additional words of comfort and support from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013, through Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Rebecca's home at 1358 Hollywood Drive, Monroe, Michigan.
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 2, 2013