83, passed away peacefully in her home located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood she dearly loved. Renee graduated from Penn State University with a teach-ing degree and went on to teach French at Upper Dublin High School for over thirty years. She travelled the world with her beloved life companion, the late Millard Bekmezian "Bek". She was an avid supporter of the arts and the Philadelphia Library, Chestnut Hill branch.
Renee was the loving niece of Frances Polsky and the beloved cousin of Harvey Portner (Mary) and the late Esther Dinerman (Bernard). She is also survived by her second cousins, Doriann Parker (Dan), Michael Portner, Jay Dinerman (Linda), Ann Dinerman (Jack), Adam Dinerman (Nadine) and countless friends, fellow teachers, former students and library volunteers.
Services and Life Celebration will be private.
Published by Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News from Sep. 15 to Sep. 22, 2019.
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greta century
June 28, 2020
Dear Ms. Polsky, I appreciated your worldview & guidance on our 1985 exchange trip to England & France, and I will always remember seeing 42nd Street & Moulin Rouge with you. The time spent with your students will stay with us forever & has made an indelible mark on our lives. Thank you for the treasured memories.
Susan Esslinger DeFelice
September 28, 2019
Rest in Peace, dear Mademoiselle Polsky! I was her student from 1990-1992, and I'll never forget the French club parties, our post-class discussions about Broadway musicals, nor any of the words of "La Marseillaise."
Roseanne Benjamin
September 20, 2019
I still use the French that Madame Polsky taught me at Upper Dublin High School in the 70's. You will always be remembered.
Debra Visnov
September 18, 2019
A true light on the earth has gone out. I thank Yah, for crossing our paths. Your love, compassion and ever listening ear ment more than silver and gold. Friends of Chestnut Hill Library will never be the same. I will miss you my friend.

Peace My Friend
Alvina Brown
Alvina Brown
September 16, 2019
She was more than just my French teacher - she was also a mentor and a dear friend. When I was a senior, I went out to dinner with her and Bek. I got home really late and never got around to doing my homework. The following morning in class she gave me a D for not doing the assignment. All I could do was laugh. What a character!!! Wherever she is now, Im sure shes making sure that she enforces the ne machez pas le chewing gum rule. Rest In Peace, Mademoiselle. Thank you for all the good times and the wisdom you shared.
Bonnie Neubauer
September 15, 2019
I still miss the times when my husband Barry and I would meet with Renee and Bek at the Chestnut Hill Bookstore (right near the library) and then go for dinner at the pub across the street. Also, we all relied on her to identify the teachers and others in old pictures.
Sharon Traver
September 15, 2019
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