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Elizabeth Kish


1916 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Kish Obituary
Kish, Elizabeth
1916 - 2018
Elizabeth Sue Kish, died peacefully on February 24, at home in Deerfield Beach, Florida, surrounded by her daughters, Kristine Kish, with whom she lived, Kathryn Kish Sklar of Berkeley, California; and granddaughter, Kimberly Kish. She is also survived by her son's family in Nashville, Tennessee, Kenneth and Bonnie Kish, and grandchildren, Steven and Ashley Kish. And by Melissa Kish, daughter of her son, Bill Kish, Jr., who predeceased her in 1979. And by granddaughter, Susan Sklar Friedman of Stratford, Connecticut, and great grandchildren, Nadav Friedman and Nevona Friedman. And by grandson, Leonard Sklar of Montreal, Canada, daughter-in-law, Amy Luers, and great grandson, Cedar Sklar-Luers. And by much-loved son-in-law, Thomas Dublin, partner of Kathryn. Sue's beloved husband of fifty-three years, William Edward Kish, predeceased her in 1991. Born in Columbus, Ohio, to Pearl Hope Glass Rhodes and Thomas Rhodes, after graduating from East High School, she worked as a clerk in a U. S. government bureau, and after marriage and during World War II became the chief proprietor of the Kish Brothers Food Market, near Indianola and North Broadway, one of the city's first super markets. In the 1950s she served as an unofficial but effective ambassador of American values in Japan and Germany when her husband commanded an artillery battalion for the U.S. Army in those countries. In the 1960s and 70s she and Bill Kish built and operated the TraveLodge and MasterHost motels in downtown Nashville. Beginning in the 1950s, she and Bill maintained second homes in Lighthouse Point and Deerfield Beach, Florida, and became expert boatpersons, navigating the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic waters near southern Florida. She made things happen; she was much beloved, and will be greatly missed. Donations in her name are being received at the Project to End MECFS (Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) and the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 11, 2018
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