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Mary HORVITZ


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Mary HORVITZ Obituary
96, died peacefully in her home in Cutler Bay, Florida (formerly of Skokie, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois) on December 27. Beloved wife of the late Oscar Horvitz (whom she met in 1938 and married in 1942), she was the loving mother of H. Robert (Martha Constantine Paton) Horvitz and Carol (Randy) Nutt; devoted grandmother of Alexandra Horvitz; dearest aunt to Ruth (George) Burnazian, Mike (Chari) Rosnick, Richard Springer, Howard Springer, Lynn Reid (Lucia Martin), Joyce (Donald) Less, Barbara Maniloff, James (Betty) Brody, Edward (Lydia) Brody, Harvey Brody (Kay Nelson), Richard Herwitt, and Marilyn (Harlon) Stewart; cousin to Ira (Myra) Weiss; and friend to many. Mary Savit was born on June 5, 1921, the youngest of 4 sisters. She lived in a variety of neighborhoods in Chicago's north side. She obtained a teaching certificate in elementary education and then a B.A. in English from the Chicago Teacher's College. Mary began working as an elementary school teacher in 1948. She first taught in the third grade and then progressed through the grades eventually becoming a seventh and eighth grade teacher of math and science at Stone Elementary School in Rogers Park. Her training was in English, but her interest in science and her desire to be a good teacher led her to take part in a program supported by the National Science Foundation in which she spent a summer studying astronomy. Later Mary returned to school and obtained an M.A. in guidance and counseling, after which she worked as an elementary school guidance counselor. She retired from the Chicago Public Schools in 1988, but went on to volunteer as a teacher of English as a Second Language to adult immigrants. She was an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore section and a Lifetime Member of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mary was a wonderful model for the professional woman - a loving mother and grandmother dedicated to both her family and her work. She was always known as capable, organized, practical, logical and absolutely reliable. Although she was a worrier, she never lost her sense of purpose, her determination or her ability to deal bravely with difficult situations. Contributions in Mary's memory to the Art Institute of Chicago or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be appreciated. Memorial Service Sunday, January 7 at 10:30 AM followed by a brunch reception at Temple Beth Or, 11715 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33176. Graveside services will be held in Chicago at Zion Gardens (Rosemont Park) in Chicago at a later date to be determined. Arrangements by Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert (305) 538-6373
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018
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