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Edith Scheiner

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  • Title Edith Scheiner 
    Source Type Web Site 
    Source ID S803 
    Text Edith Scheiner, 91, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at her residence in Pittsburgh. She was the beloved wife of the late Sayre Scheiner; cherished mother of Harriet Scheiner, Samuel Scheiner and Avram Scheiner; devoted mother-in-law of Judy Scheiner and Shellina Scheiner; loving grandmother of Kayla Scheiner, Adriana Scheiner, Nathan Scheiner and Jeremy Scheiner; adoring sister of the late Sonia Paleos; and aunt of Lisa Paleos Fevola. She was born in Connecticut, grew up in New York City and became a longtime resident of McKeesport, before moving to Pittsburgh. She earned a BA from Queens College, N.Y., and was one of the first women to earn an MA in urban affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh. She was very active in civic and religious affairs, including serving as chair of the McKeesport Housing Authority, the first executive director of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and board member of Temple B'Nai Israel. She was especially proud of her work in liberal and progressive causes, including the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She and her husband were local leaders for desegregation, and as chair of the Housing Authority she desegregated public housing in McKeesport. In Pittsburgh, she was the driving force for the creation of the Jewish Residential Services run Charles Morris Hall which provides affordable independent housing to individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Edith will be remembered for her love of life, her devotion to her family and many friends, her commitment to making the world a better place and her optimism. She loved to travel, play tennis and never passed up a crossword puzzle! Her legacy is a life worth living that many may follow and emulate. "There is something good waiting around the corner," and "Do it while you can, kid!" she would say. She will be deeply missed. Donations may be made to the Sayre and Edith Scheiner Memorial Fund in support of Special Needs at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Development Department JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217,

    Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review on May 5, 2015 
    Linked to APPLEBAUM, Edith H. 

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