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Edna Lewitz
Friday, 31 May 1929 - Sunday, 16 January 2022
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Edna Lewitz, a lifelong educator, volunteer to children's causes, and matriarch to four generations of her family, died late Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. She was 92.

Edna, who spent more than 70 years residing in Ramsey and Mahwah, was hospitalized following a stroke last week. She was preceded in death by her husband, Seelig Lewitz, who passed in April 2021 just one day before their 72nd wedding anniversary.
Edna Lucille Schwartz was born in New York City in 1929 to Adolph and Sylvia Schwartz. Her parents eventually moved Edna and her and her older sister to New Jersey, where Edna was a graduate of Teaneck High School.
She met Seelig on a blind date arranged by his sister, a department store sales clerk who asked Edna if she'd be interested in meeting her brother as Edna purchased lipstick from her future sister-in-law.
Seelig and Edna were married on April 2, 1949, and settled in Ramsey, where they resided for 50 years and raised four children. She enrolled in William Paterson University while raising her children and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in Elementary Education.
Upon graduation, she joined the staff at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School in Wyckoff and taught 5th grade for 25 years. During her time as a teacher, Mrs. Lewitz was recognized as a committed advocate for her students, many of whom remain dear friends until her final days.
In the days after she suffered her stroke, many former students used social media to share memories of their beloved former teacher.
"I'm sitting here crying for one of my favorite elementary school teachers," wrote Kristen Caldwell. "She was such a kind, funny woman who truly made us feel like we were special every day. There will never be another like her."
Another former student said upon learning Mrs. Lewitz had suffered a stroke, she retrieved a letter her teacher had written to her in 1986 when she was 11.
"I have kept it for almost 35 years because it meant so much to me," the former student wrote. "I think she was the first teacher who ever really believed in me or that made me feel like I could do hard things and that meant so much."
Edna was also an active volunteer for the Youth Consultation Services, Hackensack New Jersey, which provides services to New Jersey families who have children with special needs. Edna was known as the "Birthday Cake Lady" at YCS for always remembering the birthdays of the children she served, many of whom are in group homes and separated from their families.
Edna was a member of Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff and a lifetime member of both the National Education Association and the National Council of Jewish Women.
Upon retirement, Edna and Seelig traveled extensively and explored all parts of the world. They vacationed annually in both Beach Haven and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. The couple sold their 200-year-old home on Airmount Ave to downsize into a Mahwah condominium, where they built a core group of cherished friends among their neighbors.
The Lewitz's were passionate sports fans who always had the Yankees game on television and were longtime season ticket holders to the Seton Hall men's basketball team. She read the newspaper cover-to-cover daily and used Facebook to stay in contact with friends and students from long ago.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Batya Berlin, and husband, Seelig. She is survived by four children, Allen Lewitz, Leigh Kennedy (James), Lissa Hanson (Bruce), and Lynn Ritchie, as well as eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren -- all who cherished their Nana and her kugel.

Funeral Services are 1:30 PM, Friday, January 21, 2022, here are Robert Schoem's followed by interment at Passaic Junction 

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