Margaret “Peggy” (nee Grodin) Behrens, 95, died June 10, 2020.
Peggy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William, and her brothers, Robert and Wilbur Grodin. She is survived by her children, Nancy (John) Muzzey, Richard (Dianne) Behrens, Gail (John) Davidson and Kenneth (Valerie) Behrens; her grandchildren, Brett (Kate) Muzzey, Dale (Suzanne) Muzzey, Todd (Stacey) Behrens, Dennis (Sarah) Behrens, Amber Davidson, Kurt Davidson, Jonathan Behrens and Tobias Behrens; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was a graduate of Shaker Heights High School and started at Cornell University, finally receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in education at the age of 46 from Kent State University and became head of the home economics department at Shaker Heights High School.
As a young woman, she started a group at the Euclid Avenue Temple (now Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple), which ultimately became the Young People’s Congregation and served as an officer in that organization. Equally active in the sisterhood, she served as president for multiple terms, as well as a board member for many years, organizing programming, entertainment and fundraising. She singlehandedly made hundreds of chocolate seder plates, personally raising thousands of dollars for the sisterhood. She served as an officer on the board of NCJW and Montefiore. In addition, she was nominated and served on the Women of Reform Judaism board as the area director for Northern Ohio and Kentucky.
Outside of the Jewish community she enjoyed golf, tennis, gardening, award-winning flower arranging, cooking/entertaining, reading, bridge, sewing, singing, making handmade chocolates and miniature doll houses, and breeding multi-generations of beloved miniature poodles.
Her enthusiasm and gregarious nature will be missed by all.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple or the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.