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Lois Rita (Greenwald) Freedman
February 21, 1927 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
Lois Rita Freedman, daughter of Bert and Jeanette Greenwald, was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; younger sister to Morty and to Ruth.Lois is survived by her three children: David Freedman (Gwyneth Anne), Lisa Keating (Philip Odenweller), Carol Fine (Rick), and her four grandchildren: Jessica and Becca Keating and Jennie and Sarah Fine.She spent many happy days playing tennis with friends at Cain Park near her home, helping to launch a lifelong love of the game. Her childhood was not an easy one, having lost her father when she was seven years old, forcing her mother Jeanette to work long hours at their small grocery store.Lois was very social and belonged to a high school sorority and had many friends. When she graduated from Cleveland Heights High School she moved on to attend Flora Stone Mather, then the women's college at what is now Case Western Reserve University. There she was introduced by a mutual friend to Robert (Bob) Freedman, a young dentist from Lorain, Ohio, a small town compared to Cleveland, an hour west from her home. Lois and Bob were married in August, 1947 at the Heights Temple in Cleveland and, with the arrival of their son David, started to build their family in Lorain."Uncle Sam" came calling in the early 1950's as Bob, a dentist, was needed to provide dental care for Air Force service members in the Korean conflict. Sent to Japan, Lois stayed behind at an Air Force base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In addition to caring for David, then two years old, the family would grow to include Lisa, born in Wyoming. Eventually after Bob's return from Japan, the family returned to Lorain.In 1955, they built a new home a block from Lake Erie and across the street from an elementary school. Carol would join the family a few years later, and then "Noodles" the dog, well known throughout the neighborhood.In addition to finishing her education, doing some substitute teaching and helping in Bob's dental practice, Lois lived up to a reputation as a fine cook and entertainer. With a circle of many friends from the Lorain Jewish Community, the dental profession and Oak Hills Country Club, there were always a lot of activities requiring her attention. In addition to being an accomplished knitter, she was a member of various organizations, including Sisterhood and Hadassah, at the Agudath B'nai Israel congregation in Lorain, and was well known and appreciated for a long career as the volunteer who collected the "blue boxes" for donations to the Jewish National Fund.A skilled athlete, she became a competitive golfer but decided to focus on her first love - tennis.Upon Bob's retirement and with daughter, Carol and her family in Florida, Bob and Lois spent the winter months playing golf and tennis at Bonaventure Country Club in Broward County. Eventually Florida became their year round home. Lois continued her volunteer work in her new community, mentoring local students and serving weekly at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston. After Bob's passing in 2008, Lois remained in Bonaventure until moving to The Palace at Coral Gables, where she passed away. Funeral services will be at The Salem Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio on December 26, 2023 at 11 a.m. followed by a brief reception in the Salem chapel. Donations in her memory may be sent to JNF or Agudath B'Nai Israel Temple in Lorain.