Muehlig Funeral Chapel

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Rhea Seldin

February 17, 1931August 17, 2020

Rhea Seldin, 89, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2020. She was born in the Bronx in 1931. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from the Pale of Settlement. Her father was a chemist and inventor, and his work took them from New York City to the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, then ultimately to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a teen. She often looked back fondly on her time in Gloucester living on the Birdseye estate where her father worked with Clarence Birdseye, inventor of the frozen seafood process.

She went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in speech therapy and worked with children for years. She met her husband, Judd Seldin, in Madison, and they were married immediately after her graduation. Rhea and Judd moved first to Buffalo, New York, where Judd completed his PhD, and then to Cleveland, Ohio, where they settled. They had two sons, David and John, and established deep roots in their community, especially their synagogue. Their marriage endured for fifty years as their sons grew, married and had children of their own.

Despite being legally blind, Rhea loved to read, and always had a supply of large-print newspapers, along with stacks of books on tape. She closely followed the news, and the TV was tuned to it morning, evening and night. She had an innate intellectual curiosity as well, enrolling in adult education courses at every opportunity. She also enjoyed attending concerts at the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra with her close-knit group of friends.

Shortly after their fiftieth anniversary in 2002, Judd died. In time Rhea started a new relationship with Erv Lezberg, a longtime friend who had recently lost his spouse as well. Rhea and Erv quickly grew close, and each found new love. In 2007 they decided to relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to some of their children. They bought a home and created a new life there, joining the Jewish Cultural Society, attending classes and concerts, and spending time with family.

Rhea is preceded in death by her husband, Judd Seldin. She is survived by her two sons and their wives, David Seldin & Cathryn Stein and John & Judy Seldin, her granddaughters Miriam Seldin-Stein and Ava Seldin, and her companion Erv Lezberg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Cleveland Beth Israel (The West Temple) General Fund (https://thewesttemple.com/online-donation/) or the National Library Service (https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/support-nls/).


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Eleanor and Bob Dreshfield

August 20, 2020

We were saddened to hear of Rhea's passing. We have many wonderful memories of her and Judd. Memories of joining you boys for special dinners that she prepared to driving her to TRi-C Friday classes. Rhea was a delightful person to be around. It was always interesting when Judd drove and Rhea was navigating. She will be missed.

Marcie Taves (Stampfel)

August 20, 2020

Dear John and Judy,

I echo what Andrew said. It was so neat when your mom came into our class at C.A. Thomas, and taught us about Hanukkah, explained the menorah, and played dreidel games with us. As teenagers, she was always so nice and talkative whenever I saw her. Losing a mom is a tough thing. My heart and prayers are with you both, and your family as well.

Robert Goldberg

August 19, 2020

Dear Erv, David and John,

I was greatly saddened to hear about Rhea's passing. I know that my parents always considered her to be a very dear friend. I also have very fond memories of her growing up. While I cannot be there in person, please know that myself and I am sure many other people from the Beth Israel family are thinking of you in your time of grief.

Rob Goldberg

Robert Jordan

August 19, 2020

Dear John, Judy and Ava,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Michael and Lisa Dunlap Krieger

August 19, 2020

Dear John, Judy and Ava,

We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. We are with you in spirit and we send you love and wish you comfort for your hearts.

Michael and Lisa

Andrew Schaeffer

August 19, 2020

I have fond memories of Mrs. Seldin's annual visits to our C.A. Thomas class for Hanukkah. She helped us better understand and appreciate this Jewish holiday, especially the delicious treats she would share. My deepest sympathy to the Seldin family.

Lila Robinson

August 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Rhea's entire family. Rhea was a brilliant, generous and kind lady. I enjoyed many lovely chats with her while Dr. Seldin was my son's Bar Mitzvah mentor. She was always a welcoming and eager conversationalist.

Scott Machol

August 19, 2020

Sorry to hear about the passing of Rhea. She always so friendly. I will always remember her. May memories of her make it easier for you.


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