Elizabeth (Liza) Weltman passed away on November 3, 2012 at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida with family and friends at her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Newton, MA, she summered with her family in Cohasset. A graduate of Beaver Country Day School, Yale College and Case Western Reserve Medical School, she returned to her roots, completing her residency at Childrens Hospital in Boston. She remained nearby conducting a private practice in Weston and Medfield. She eventually moved to Florida, where she was a hospitalist in pediatrics at All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. As a summer resident since she was a young girl, Liza spent many years in Cohasset with her parents, David and the late Lois Weltman and her brothers, John and Herman, and sister, Sally. Cohasset had been her playground: waterskiing on Little Harbor, exploring its islands, playing capture the flag in the Joy Place cemetery, and honing her soccer skills on the town common. Liza had been an amazing athlete having been awarded seven varsity letters at Yale, including Lacrosse, Soccer and Field Hockey. Although she loved sports, her greatest love was working and being with children. She not only demonstrated this in her chosen profession, but also decided to become a mother at age 44. It would be the adoption of her son, Eli, that became her greatest achievement. The love of her life was no longer medicine or athletics, but her son. They would change each others life. Eight years later, Liza would be diagnosed with her second bout of cancer. Her life expectancy had been shortened dramatically, and all she could think of was her son Eli and what he needed to be happy in life. Two months prior to Lizas death, she transitioned Eli into a loving family in St. Petersburg and instantly he had a father he always hoped for and an older brother and sister. As her brother said at a funeral service held in St. Petersburg on November 8: But perhaps her greatest gift of all was the one she bestowed on her son." When she realized that she could not care for him any longer, she found him the right home. She found him the right family, one who could love him and care for him and bring him siblings and light hearted fun. She did the most selfless thing that any mother could ever do. She gave him a place where he could find peace before she passed on, where her passing would not be as devastating because he had already found the next place in life. A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Avon Foundation for Women, P.O.Box 1073, Rye N.Y. 10580.
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Published in The Cohasset Mariner from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22, 2012