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Laura Perlitch Schwartz

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Schwartz, Laura (Perlitch, Horne)
Our adored Grandma Laura died on October 16, just 3 months short of her 100th birthday. She died as she lived, with her family surrounding her enjoying her company and her sense of humor. Laura was born in Brooklyn NY on January 4, 1916 to Joe and Rae Perlitch. She was married to Jack Horne until his death in 1975; she married her second love, Gabe Schwartz in 1984. Gabe died in 1991. She spent most of her adult life in Jamaica Estates, NY, moving to Paradise Valley to be near her family in 1999. She spent the last few years living at Sagewood Community in Phoenix. Although we are saddened by her death and we will all miss her, we celebrate Grandma's amazing life. Laura was an accomplished harpist, an avid bridge player and golfer and a patron of the arts. Her love of chocolate was second only to her love of family. She once refused a second date with a man because he didn't eat dessert. Her collection of pig paraphernalia was well-known and she never met a dog she didn't kiss. She was equally at home at the finest NY restaurants and the Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale. She died with the knowledge that her beloved Mets took the division title from the Dodgers! Grandma Laura was predeceased by her children, Elliot and Joan Horne and Lee Jacobi and her grandson Ethan Schwartz. She is survived by her children Robyn (Horne) and Bob Silverberg, Carrie (Schwartz) Jacobi, Richard Schwartz, William and JoAnne Schwartz and Charles and Christine Schwartz. Additionally surviving are her grandchildren, Gina (Horne) and Paul Bernbaum, Kenneth Silverberg, Michael and Jan Horne, Karyn (Horne) and Michael Carroll, Jane (Silverberg) and David Crutchfield, Rachel and Jared Schwartz, Aaron Czarney, and Teresa and Melissa Lyons. Her great-grandchildren thought the world of her: Jordan, Dylan, Marnie, Sophie and Ethan Bernbaum, Mackenzie, Alec and Eli Horne and Rachel Klausner. Her dear goddaughter Kat Cheema and sister-in-law Henri Dobin also survive along with many nieces and nephews. All of us would like to thank Sagewood/Acacia for their kind and respectful care of Grandma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to http://www.happytailsdr.org/(HappyTails Dachshund Rescue) or https://www.macular.org/ (Macular Degeneration Research). "Watch what your Grandma can do!"

Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 4, 2015
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