Rita Frances Waitzman, age 91, Toledo native and longtime Columbus resident, died Dec. 13 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital.
Preceded in death by parents Harry and Charlotte Papurt Frank; husband, Daniel B. Waitzman; sister, Arlene (Richard) Ganden; aunts, Dorothy Bell and Florence Tarschis; and sister-in-law, Beatrice (Marvin) Grossman. Survived by sons, Jay Waitzman and Steven H. Waitzman; daughter, Karen Waitzman Lazarow; and son-in-law, Dr. Gilbert Sokal; grandson, Jason Lazarow; and nieces and nephews.
Rita was a member of Congregation Agudas Achim and Congregation Torat Emet. She served as president of the Columbus Hebrew School PTA and president of the Women’s Pharmacy Auxiliary. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah, member of Jewish War Veterans Auxillary, Heritage House Auxiliary and Agudas Achim Sisterhood.
Throughout her married life, Rita worked with her husband Daniel, owner of Daniel’s Pharmacy at the corner of East Main Street and Ohio Avenue, as an integral part of the store’s operations. She was well known for her kind and warm personality and genuine care for others.
Services were held on Dec. 16 at Epstein Memorial Chapel; Internment was at New Agudas Achim Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Daniel B. and Rita F. Waitzman Community Pharmacy Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, 500 W. 12th Ave., Room 217-D, Columbus, OH 43210; Congregation Agudas or Congregation Torat Emet.
Online guestbook at epsteinmemorial.com.