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Sara Carch Zangwill

Memphis, TN

Sara Zangwill of Memphis, Tennessee died on November 11, 2016 in New York. She was 95. She was preceded in death by husband, Morris Zangwill, sister, Mary Scheinberg, and parents, Alte and Sam Carch. Born in Mississippi to European immigrants, Sara demonstrated immense responsibility at a young age. When her parents went on buying trips to purchase goods for their store, Sara, just 13, ran the store and took care of her siblings. She learned to drive at 14. She was valedictorian of her high school class and attended the University of Illinois for 2 years, rare accomplishments for a woman of that time. She visited Memphis where she met Morris, a handsome football player, who later attended Dental School. They married, and after World War II, settled in Memphis where Morris practiced dentistry, and they raised 4 children. Sara supported Morris when he was the first white dentist in Memphis to accept African American patients in his practice, despite death threats to their family.

Sara loved cooking, travel, crossword puzzles, and her family. She tutored students, volunteered in her children's schools, and was a member of many Jewish organizations. During the 1960's she worked for the Democratic Party, hosting lunches for politicians. At lunch she began talking to a young gentleman who was running for the Senate. She was very impressed with him, and said, "You, young man are going places." The gentleman was Albert Gore, Jr., later Vice President of the United States.

Known for her good looks, intelligence, and style, Sara was a "hit" in the Atria Assistant Living Facility in New York. This "Southern Belle" interacted with individuals from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, and they found her to be charming, smart, and personable. Needless to say, she was quite a novelty for these New Yorkers.

Sara is survived by her children, Terri Cohen of Atlanta and children Rob and Melissa; Dr. William Zangwill and daughter Marissa of New York; "Dee" Zangwill and Dr. Joseph Katz of Atlanta and son Brian Katz, and Judy Zangwill and Ric Cherwin and children Jace and Marley of New York. She is also survived by sisters Zelda Kaplan of Alexandria, La. and Rae Plitman of Memphis as well as several nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:

Sunnyside Community Services

43-31 39th Street

Sunnyside, NY 11104

Attention: Development


To our mother:

You gave us life, love, and laughter.

You were an extraordinary parent.

It is your time to sleep now.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 5, 2017
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