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Shirley (nee Beit), 91 died April 24, 2014 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
She was born in Norwich, CT, the daughter of Louis A. Beit and Mattie Clark Beit. Her father and his brothers were the owners and operators of Beit Bros. Supermarkets, one of the first supermarket chains in New England. Shirley, together with her sisters Florence, Rita and Marlene, were the "Beit girls." She was fiercely loyal to her sisters, and they to her, throughout her life.
Shirley graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1941 and later obtained a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II she was employed as a dental hygienist by the Army at an Army hospital for wounded servicemen in Virginia where she met her future husband, Harry Redish, who was the Army Air Corps. liaison officer at the hospital having recently returned from overseas after completing 35 combat missions with the famous "Carpetbaggers" of the 8th Air Force supplying agents and weapons to the French Underground prior to the D-day invasion. They married in May 1945 and were devoted to each other for 46 years until his death in 1991.
After the war, she settled in Caldwell and later in Clifton where she lived for almost 35 years before moving to Delray Beach, Florida after Harry's death.
She worked for many years with her husband Harry in his optometric practice in Passaic. Shirley and Harry loved to travel and traveled to Europe many times. She performed volunteer work for a number of charities in Caldwell and the Clifton/Passaic area. She was a member of the Clifton Jewish Center.
Shirley is survived by her son Gary S. Redish and his wife Sheryl of Montville, New Jersey, her granddaughter Lauren Redish Goldstein and her husband Michael, and her great-grandchildren Carly Goldstein and Gabby Goldstein of West Orange, New Jersey, her son Stuart Redish and his wife Christine of Charlestown, Rhode Island, her sisters Florence Lowenthal and Rita Cheifetz of Delray Beach, Florida, and her sister Marlene Gossack of Montreal, Canada, brother-in-law Dr. Charles Redish and his wife Lee of Indianapolis, Indiana, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton, New Jersey at 1 PM on Sunday, April 27, 2014 with a graveside service to follow at Menorah Cemetery
Donations may be made in Shirley's name to Jewish National Fund.
Jewish Memorial Chapel
841 Allwood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07012
Published in The Record from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2014