RITA ARLENE PEISACHOW GIRSHMAN
Died at home on February 13, 2013, at age 83, of Parkinson's Disease and cancer. Rita was born March 4, 1929, in Buffalo, NY to Benjamin and Mary (Pleskow) Peisachow. With her mother's steadfast attention she recovered from polio, and attended Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo. Working at summer camp, she fell in love with fellow Buffalonian Karl Girshman. After a courtship filled with music and art, they married in 1953 and lived in Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Boston and Detroit before moving to the Washington area in 1971.
With a Master's in Library Science, she became a Media Specialist for Howard County Public Schools, at Faulkner Ridge Elementary and Mt. Hebron High School. For more than 30 years she was an enthusiastic teacher of film, photography and technology, and her students won many awards. She and Karl traveled extensively, enjoyed their hand-built cabin in the woods of West Virginia for 30 years, and were avid participants in the cultural life of greater Washington.
Rita embodied her favorite motto, "Action speaks louder than words."
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Karl; their three children and spouses: Beth Girshman (Tim Menerey) of Martinez, CA, Peggy Girshman (Mitch Berger) of Silver Spring, MD; and Irving Girshman (Helen Ogilvie) of San Francisco, CA. She is also survived by two granddaughters: Lianna (Ahmed Saleh) and Natalie, and by her sister, Lois Kertman (Donald) of Sarasota, FL.
A memorial service will be held at the 5 Star Premier Residences, 8100 Conn. Ave, Chevy Chase, on February 17 at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.