Naomi Fishman

December 4, 1929January 8, 2021

Peoria - Naomi Fishman, 91, of Peoria, passed away at 8:44 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. She was born on December 4, 1929 in Belleville, a daughter of Hyman and Fannie (Albertson) Peskind. She married Ralph Fishman on June 13, 1954. He survives. Naomi is also survived by two daughters, Rita (Robert) Auritt of Philadelphia, PA and Selma Balk of Snohomish, WA; son, Alan (Elaine) Fishman of Loveland, OH; six grandchildren, Vanessa Auritt and Elizabeth Auritt, both of Philadelphia, PA, Jamie (Carla) Fishman of Glencoe, Amy (Jon) Kurz and Nathaniel Balk, both of Washington, D.C., and Nicolette (Brandon) Liukko of Monroe, WA; two great-grandsons, Noah and Benjamin Kurz and two on the way; sister, Bernadette Winter of Vernon Hills; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Malcolm Peskind.

Naomi was a graduate of Los Angeles City College and Bradley University. She worked as a kindergarten teacher for Peoria District 150, Creve Coeur, Champaign, and Oakland, CA schools. Naomi was a member of the League of Women Voters, AAUW, Hadassah, and Congregation Anshai Emeth. She was active at temple as a teacher and choir member. Naomi was very congenial and considered everyone to be her friend, this was evidenced by her contagious smile. She was involved in her family’s lives and always concerned about their welfare. She and Ralph traveled a great deal, especially to foreign countries. Naomi was an avid reader and enjoyed music. Naomi's graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. (EST) Monday, January 11, 2021 at Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, IN. Rabbi Bryna Milkow will officiate. To attend via facebook livestream, please visit on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (CST). Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregation Anshai Emeth, Congregation Agudas Achim, or the Jewish Federation of Peoria. Online condolences may be left for Naomi's family at


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Denise Johnson

January 12, 2021

Heartfelt condolences go out to Ralph and the immediate family while Naomi was a resident at LHV. The 2 were a lovely couple. Such sadness..

rebecca carlson

January 11, 2021

Naomi was a kind and dear friend for so many years. I enjoyed working with her on various temple projects and just chatting over the phone, solving the problems of the world. She always showed great interest in my family and had only good things to say about my kids, which I really appreciated. I regret that Covid kept me from visting with her for the last year.

Laura Narrol

January 11, 2021

I am so sorry to all the family. Naomi was a sweet kind and lovely person. We will miss her at our family reunions. Ralph we are sending you love and hugs.

Deb Dukes

January 10, 2021

I got to know Naomi when she visited the McClure Branch Library. She knew my mom thru AAUW and the League. I always looked forward to seeing her at the library. She was a real sweetheart. I'm very sorry for the family's loss.