In Memoriam 

Rita Skurow Katz

Rita Skurow Katz

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Rita Skurow Katz, age 99, beloved wife of the late Elmer G. Katz, MD, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Amberly Village, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rita was a devoted mother of four: Raymond L. Katz (Cynthia), Marc W. Katz (Beatrice), Jayne V. Katz, and Joan F. Guttman (Stephen). She was also the adored and adoring grandmother of Kylila Katz Burnett, Joshua Katz, Alexander Katz, Brandon Guttman, Jordan Guttman, Nicole Guttman Schneider, and Garrett Katz Roberts. She had nine great-grandchildren at the time of her passing.

Love of family was a guiding principle in Rita’s life, and “family” included a large network of relatives and friends from near and far, past and present. Among her greatest pleasures was recognizing and celebrating the achievements of her beloved family.

Rita was immensely proud of Moses E. Miller, her husband’s grandfather, who began offering interest-free loans to Cincinnati’s Jewish community in the 1880s. In 2019, when Rita’s children set out to relaunch the Moses E. Miller Hebrew Free Loan Society, which had been dormant since her husband’s death, Rita passionately supported their work.

The eldest child of East European immigrants Hyman Skurow and Sonia Lipcowitch Skurow, Rita was born in Vidalia, Georgia. Her siblings, Saul Skurow, Sylvia Skurow Meisel and Eudice Skurow Landsman, all predeceased her. When Rita’s family moved to Cincinnati, she attended Hughes High School, where she met the love of her life. A couple whose deep love and striking grace and beauty were acknowledged by all, Rita and Elmer had been married for 62 years when he passed away in 2005.

Rita Katz brought an artistic flair and a sense of style to everything she did. She was active in Hadassah and the American Music Scholarship Association, as well as playing a meaningful role in her family’s long involvement with Adath Israel Synagogue. For many years, she and Elmer were also familiar figures at the Saturday evening concerts of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In her final years, Rita was attended at home by her family as well as a team of dedicated and loving caregivers. She was buried next to her husband on September 26, 2023.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Moses E. Miller Hebrew Free Loan Society.