Jeanette Katzman, 99, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, died on 06 September 2020.
The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 2:00 PM .
Rabbi Daniel B. Syme officiated.
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Jeanette Katzman, a smart, funny, stubborn and deeply compassionate woman, died peacefully in her home Sunday, September 6, 2020. She was 99. Born March 1, 1921 to Rose and Jack Soifer, she was the youngest of two children (pre-deceased by her brother, Yale Soifer). Jeanette grew up in Detroit, where she put herself through Wayne State University and later, in mid-life, went back to Wayne and completed her MSW. Her greatest joy was her incredible marriage to her beloved husband of 64 years, Barney Katzman and the family life they built together first, in Detroit then Huntington Woods and later Bloomfield Hills. She was a generous and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (although it must be said, she never let her grandchildren win at Monopoly, being the fierce competitor that she was.)
Jeanette's life was one of great joys, great sorrows and true perseverance. From early on, she became the "mother" to her own mother (who was incapacitated by illness in her twenties) and nurtured her along with her aunts and uncle for the remainder of their lives. Her generous and giving nature continued throughout her life with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She suffered the tragic loss of two of her four children, her daughter Joan in infancy and her son, Billy in his early twenties. Nevertheless, she always remained optimistic and saw in and wanted the best for everyone. She showed this grit and determination as she survived two bouts of cancer in later years, and even in her last days, when dementia had diminished her mind, she was more likely to say that things "were fine."
Jeanette was truly the definition of the "life of the party." She loved to cook and was famous for her cheesecake, key lime pie and gefilte fish. She also loved to entertain (always with a "very dry Rob Roy" in hand), play tennis and bridge, participate in politics and travel the globe. She and Barney took many adventurous trips with friends and they both introduced their children and grandchildren to the world. She was a loyal and devoted friend to many and could always be counted on to help whenever there was need. We are all better for the example she set.
Jeanette was the cherished mother of Jane Katzman Glass, Richard Katzman (Bonnie), the late William and Joan Katzman, the beloved grandmother of Talia Glass (Shawn Ingram), Ben Glass, Jena Katzman, Josh Katzman (Elizabeth), Brady Katzman-Rooks and Shane Rooks and adored great-grandmother of seven. She is also remembered by many other loving friends and relatives. The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care given to Jeanette in her final years by her devoted caregiver, Liliana Uzumtoma.
A celebration of her life, Jeanette-style, will be held at a later date.
Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 36.
It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Jeanette Katzman may do so by making a contribution to:
Hospice Of Michigan - Oakland CoClick to Visit Charity Website
American Civil Liberties UnionClick to Visit Charity Website