Phyllis Hartstein (nee Weiss), 81, was born Sept. 11, 1938, and passed away Oct. 13, 2019. Phyllis was the beloved wife of William; cherished mother of Steven (Debra) and Jonathan (Agnes); dear sister to Carole/Adina (Robert, z”l) Liberles and Avi (Debra) Weiss; loving grandmother of Andrew and Gabrielle Hartstein, and Aleeza, Ariella and Chana Orli Hartstein; devoted daughter of the late Henry H. and Claire Weiss, and daughter-in-law of Rabbi Avrum and Deborah Hartstein; adored aunt, great-aunt and cousin; and close friend to so many.

Phyllis was born in Cleveland in the Kinsman area and later moved to Cleveland Heights where she went to Cleveland Heights High. She matriculated at The Ohio State University, where she met William. They were married at Taylor Road Synagogue during their senior year in college.  Later, she obtained her Master’s degree. She began her teaching career in the South Euclid/Lyndhurst school system where she taught in several elementary schools. She then developed the curriculum to teach English as a second language, becoming the first ESL teacher in the state of Ohio. Her reputation was far reaching, and she taught students from all over the world. Phyllis was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed the culture available in Cleveland.

Interment was at Mount Olive cemetery in Solon.

Shiva will be held at the home of Steven and Debra Hartstein beginning on Oct. 23. On Oct. 23, Oct. 24 and Oct. 27, shiva will be from 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. On Oct. 25, shiva will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 26, shiva will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Morning prayers will be held at 8 a.m. and evening prayers will be at 6:30 p.m.

Donations are suggested to Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue, 23749 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44122, or charity of choice in her memory.