Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


Ita Rebecca Kaiserman-Abramof

September 11, 1933September 14, 2020

Dr. Ita Rebecca Kaiserman-Abramof passed away on September 14, 2020. She was known for her joy of life, great sense of humor and her charisma. Dr. Abramof was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on September 11, 1933. Her parents, Professor Norton Kaiserman (born in Sfat, Israel; then Palestine) and Tovah (Teresa) Kizhner Kaiserman (born in Yedenitz, Bessarabia; now Moldova) were Jewish immigrants who got married after they arrived in Brazil in the 1910’s.

Dr. Abramof married Simon Abramof (Z’l), whom she later divorced. They had a son, Sergio Jacques Abramof (Z’l). She is survived by her grandson, Julian Abramof, her sister Esther, her 3 nieces, 7 great-nephews and great-nieces, and 13 great-great nephews and great-great nieces.

Dr. Abramof graduated in Biology at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She succeeded in her professional life, having dedicated herself to teaching and researching. Dr. Abramof moved to the US in 1964 and was as a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Sanford Palay at Harvard University from 1964-1967. Dr. Abramof then joined Boston University Medical Campus as a Professor of Histology in 1967 and assisted Dr. Alan Peters, Professor of Anatomy, with his research. Dr. Abramof moved to Cleveland in 1971, where she was an Associate Professor of Anatomy at Case Western Reserve from January 1971-October 2015.

Services will be held at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Hts., Sunday, September 27 at 11:00AM.

Family and friends can view the service at www.bitly.com/smallchapel.


  • Simon Abramof, Ex-Husband (deceased)
  • Sergio Jacques Abramof, Son (deceased)
  • Julian Abramof, Grandson
  • Esther, Sister
  • Professor Norton Kaiserman & Tova Kaiserman, Parents (deceased)

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David Bixler

September 24, 2020

Ita became very close friends with our family. I first met her when I remodeled her kitchen in 2009. She was a very good photographer. Once she came to our house for dinner with the purpose of taking separate family pictures of our grandchildren on our front porch. It was a cloudy day and she had only one shot with each picture. She spoke sharply to the grandchildren to make them sit a certain way, even almost to the point of offending them. But guess what? The pictures came out perfect! They are hanging on our stairway wall. We treasure them as a memory of Ita.

Another time she asked, "Do you know what is the greatest thing a person can do for somebody? " I said, 'No, what?" She said, "To bring someone to know God... and you did that for me." When she received Jesus Christ into her life she received eternal life. We rejoice greatly that we will see her again in eternity!

Ana Cecilia Carvalho

September 24, 2020

My aunt Ita will always be remembered by her wonderful sense of humor and her joie de vivre. Besides conducting scientific research and teaching as a university professor, she was also a talented photographer and great cook. As a family member, she played an essential part in my fondest childhood memories. I was always amazed by her beautiful melodic voice when she sang for my sisters and me while she babysat for us at my parents’ home. She taught me how to dance and always encouraged me to trust my own feelings. Aunt Ita, I will miss you.

Karen Kufahl

September 23, 2020

I had the privilege of knowing Ita for the last year or so. Her friend Marilyn and I would travel to Judson to visit Ita on a regular basis, and all three of us enjoyed these times together. Ita came to know the Lord Jesus later in life, and she delighted in her Lord and Savior. We always read a few verses with her, and Ita especially enjoyed listening to us sing hymns of praise to Christ. This dear sister in the Lord was a sweet lady with a ready smile, and although I will miss seeing her again on this earth, I am confident that she is resting now with Jesus. I hope this realization of Ita's love for her Lord proves to be a comfort to all who knew and treasured her.

Eduardo, Márcia and Lucas Abreu

September 20, 2020

Forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace Ita ❣️

Vinicius Gasparetto

September 17, 2020

Querida Ita,
May God receive your soul in all his glory.
Thank you for being part of our lives for so many years in Cleveland.
We BBQ, we went on rollercoasters, we learned, we prayed and celebrated life together with our family.
“When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
We Love you;
Gasparetto's family

Fabio Amiralian

September 17, 2020

Ita and I shared some very unique coincidences: We met on the day we both became US citizens, at the naturalization ceremony. Both of us are originally from Brazil and both of us moved from Brazil to Ohio. And both of us celebrate our birthdays on the same day, September 11.
So we share our natural birthday, our “US birthday”, our country of origin and the country and state we have chosen to call home.
Ita, what a beautiful life!
What a wonderful person!
She will be missed!

Cristina McCarthy

September 16, 2020

I am so glad to have met this very intelligent woman. Ita is now in peace and in heaven.
We spoke not too long ago via FaceTime! Her nurse was calling from Ita’s phone list!! It was nice speaking to Ita and seeing her smile again.


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