March 17, 1926 – September 1, 2021
Doreen Edelman Zisla, 95, died in her home on September 1, 2021.
Born on March 17, 1926, she was the oldest child of Bessie and Sam Edelman of Cleveland, Ohio. After high school, she trained and worked as an X-ray technician until her marriage, on August 13, 1946, to Harold Zisla. Harold died on March 18, 2016, minutes after Doreen’s 90th birthday and five months shy of their 70th anniversary.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Michael) Welber of Bloomington, Indiana; son, Paul (Debbie) of New Brighton, Minnesota; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother, Erwin (Lynn) Edelman; sister, Phyllis Henry, and their families, all of Cleveland, Ohio.
Doreen served on the board of the South Bend Museum of Art and was active in the museum’s Women’s Art League, serving as its president. She was heavily involved in the group’s annual Garden Walk. Doreen volunteered her time at the museum and at Planned Parenthood. She also tutored reading, and was a board member of the Urban League.
Despite exercising extreme caution, Doreen contracted COVID 19 in November 2020, then pneumonia, and later developed severe dementia.
Those who knew her will remember her generosity, intelligence, genuine interest in others, and her smile.
In accordance with her wishes, and being mindful of COVID-19, she is being cremated, with no services or calling hours.
The family thanks Bonnie Jacobs, Sara Gray, Janet Antillon, Jessica Phillips, Viridiana Ramirez, Danielle Word, and Latrice Petty for their exceptional devotion over the last seven months. Their competence and dedication enabled Doreen to maintain her privacy and dignity, and to have the kind of care deserved by someone who had been so giving. They would also like to thank The Center for Hospice Care, especially Doreen’s nurse, Ron Wilson, for their attention and thoroughness.
To honor Doreen’s memory, please consider a donation to the Harold and Doreen Zisla Art Scholarship Fund at IU South Bend, the Zisla Acquisition Fund at the South Bend Museum of Art, or the food pantry at Temple Beth-El in South Bend.