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Dr. Elizabeth L. Stein


1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Elizabeth L. Stein Obituary
Dr. Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Stein, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, of Sewickley, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, and is survived by her husband of 45 years, Peter Stein, and their children, Andrew Stein (Elizabeth Bell), of Bell Acres, Elizabeth Karmely (Shahab), of New York City, N.Y., Alice Briggs (Lash), of Asheville, N.C., and Amy Smith (Randall), of Wilmington, N.C. "Granny" was beloved by seven grandchildren, Max and Eskandar Karmely, Burton and Pride Elizabeth Briggs, Cooper Elizabeth Smith and Enza and Tozzi Stein. Betty grew up in St. Paul, Minn., where she attended St. Catherine's College, earning an RN degree. Later, at the University of Minnesota, she earned her master's degree in nursing and began working towards a PhD in clinical sociology. Betsy taught obstetric nursing at the University of South Dakota and was associate department head. After marrying Peter and starting a family, the Steins relocated to Denver, Colo., where they resided until moving to Edgeworth in 1985. While raising her family, Betsy pursued her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving an additional master's degree in 1991, earning her PhD in sociology, while simultaneously teaching graduate level courses. Betsy was a lifelong learner and had countless hobbies and talents, most notable was her creativity displayed through quilting, knitting, doll making, sewing, clothing design, needle point, interior design, furniture refinishing, painting, gardening, canning and cooking. An avid historian, educational resource and Anglophile, Betsy loved everything English and opened her own antiques business, Edgeworth Tea Wares, to share her passion for 18th and early 19th century porcelain and silver. Betsy committed to her church and community and served in many roles throughout her life. She conducted important advocacy work through her involvement in the Junior League, and was a member of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous roles and ministries, including as deacon, Hand bell Choirs, Calvin and Westminster Ringers, Habitat for Humanity, Women's Association, Adult Education, Fortnightly Book Club, Coraopolis House and as an usher. Betsy shared her organizational strategic thinking, communication and analytical skills through her service on several boards in the community, including The Sewickley Music Club (president), The Women's Club of Sewickley Valley, Sewickley Valley Historical Society and on the Old Economy Village Board of Directors. Betsy's more important accomplishment is the sense of devotion and purpose that she instilled in her children. Betsy's family has sincere gratitude for a life well lived.
Published in Sewickley Herald on Nov. 8, 2018
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