Edith R Talisman
February 8, 1929 – December 27, 2019
Edith Warszawiak Talisman, 90, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2019.
Edith was born on February 08, 1929 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina to her loving parents Israel and Isabel Warszawiak. Israel was the oldest of 9 children, and Isabel one of 5. Israel escaped the ensuing persecution and immigrated to Argentina where he met and fell in love with Isabel before World War II. Edith grew up in Argentina very close to her parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Edith had attended a 4 year art school in Argentina. Before Edith came to the United States, Edith’s father discovered that his sister Pola Schwartz had survived the Holocaust and was living in California. Israel and Pola were eventually reunited after being separated during World War II. A young and hopeful Edith desired to kindle her budding art career in the United States, residing with her aunt in California. Edith, who spoke no English, applied to a position as a canvasser, but she mistakenly presumed that the ad was for artwork. Rueben Talisman had placed the advertisement, seeking a canvasser that would get leads for his home improvement business. Despite the misunderstanding, Edith and Rueben instantly became enamored with each other. Although Rueben knew no Spanish and Edith spoke minimal English, they were able to communicate in Yiddish, and the pair were married just 4 weeks later. It was a love story that would last some 47 years until Reuben passed away in 2007. After Edith and Rueben were married they lived in several places including California, Louisiana, Mississippi, but ultimately settled in Houston, Texas where they raied their 4 children, Benita, Arnie, Paul and Charlie . Edith had a creative mind as her vision for art was extraordinary and unique. Her artistic eye assisted all of her children with their art homework throughout the years. Unfortunately, she did not pass on her talent since none of her children could even draw a stick figure. Edith would later attend the University of Houston to finish her teaching degree and taught Bilingual education to children in the Galena Park School District. She was adored by students and parents as her charm spoke volumes about her character and persona. She took great pride in achieving a second college degree in the United States and in her work with children. Despite an illustrious teaching career, Edith never stopped painting, which was her most cherished endeavor. After retiring, she painted and studied pottery, always feeding her ravenous ambition to create art. She learned to sculpt as well, adding even more to an already lavish repertoire of artistic talent. She was in her 80s and living an active life, still exhibiting her art in local galleries. Edith is survived by her 4 wonderful children, Benita, Arnie, Paul and Charlie and their spouses, Larry, former spouse Laura, Barbie, Jill, and her seven grand children whom she loved dearly, Sam, Aron, Sarah, Amanda, Ben, Michael and Jenna. The family would like to thank all of Edith’s wonderful caregivers Veronica Graham, Andrea Rodriguez, Yolana Kaiser and Dr. Dhiekson Silva for the extroadinary care she received throughout her courageous battle with Alzheimers. If you would like to make a donation in Edith’s honor, please give to: ALZ.ORG, Alzheimer’s Association.
- Graveside Service Sunday, December 29, 2019
Edith R Talisman
January 2, 2020
Edith Talisman was a very nice person her daughter Benita is married to my nephew Larry Barbell when ever she came to see her daughter son in law and their two children she was a joy to talk to the painting's that are hung in their home are just wonderful always had a smile I really enjoyed talking to her my thought's and pray's to the Talisman and Barbell family
December 28, 2019
Edith committed herself to her family. Her daughter, Benita, and three sons, Arnie, Paul, and Charlie, were her life’s work until they grew up and had their own families. Then Edith became the most loving and caring Baba to her grandchildren. Her quick wit, sparkling green eyes and smile will be missed. I will forever remember all she taught me——singing Yiddish with her and songs in Spanish. We love you, Edith Renee Warszawiak Talisman.
December 27, 2019
Mrs Edith was a great lady i really enjoyed working with her i send my deepest condolences to the Talisman family. 💙