ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Alice Ahart, 88 years old, born on October 7, 1932, and passed away on May 2, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Barbara Ostrow on May 10, 2021
Alice was a dear friend. In many ways she was like a sister and member of our family. We spent holidays and family events together. Alice loved the arts, she was a docent at Temple's art gallery as well as the Dixon Galleries. She loved her children and grandchildren. Calls and packages to the children were important to her. Alice was involved with the Yiddish Book Museum at Amerhurst College. She was invited to be interviewed and the interview is available to the public. She loved reading and also read the Forward Newspaper as well as many other r publications. As we know she loved traveling with her family, having many wonderful adventures. But most of all we loved just sharing a meal, watching a good movie or going to a concert. I was proud to be her friend!! Alice was indeed a Woman of Valor!!
Posted by Julie Rosenberg on May 9, 2021
*Vibrant!* When I think of Alice, I remember her as so very vibrant. She was vibrant in her style and her zest for life. She will remain an inspiration. Alice's strong and passionate spirit will live on.
Posted by Barbara Hermann on May 7, 2021
I would like to add a few of my memories of the Amazing Alice. I was in the Mother Bear Knitting Group with Alice as well as in Sisterhood Book Club. She was so funny talking about her "speedy" knitting while she gave us updates on her adored family members. We both loved "The Golem and The Jinni" - neither of us had been able to get anyone else interested in that book - and were delighted that we each had discovered it and could "share". I learned so much about the items in the Temple Israel museum because of Alice's well-prepared explanations on the tour. And how can I forget the shock of suddenly hearing Alice's distinctive voice in my car - when she was not there. It was Alice reading a book over the radio for the library that was quite some distance from her home. I will certainly miss her, but take pleasure in the memories.
Posted by Rosanne Liner on May 5, 2021
Alice was a very special person..She was always laughing and enjoyed all of our current events. She always made sure to see our family when she was in town. She will be missed.
Posted by Judy stephenson on May 5, 2021
I sent the following note to Baptist Hospital from all of us:

On or about May1, my dear friend, Alice Ahart was in ICU. Her family live outside the United States, and her friends were only allowed to visit one at a time once a day. Alice was dying and there was no one to comfort her. Her wonderful nurse, Briana (I don't know last name) was so kind, respectful, and caring to Alice that I'd like to recommend her for the Daisy Award. She comforted her and even held her hand until her last breath. Thank you, Briana from friends and family of Alice Ahart.
Posted by Allena Kaplan on May 4, 2021
I feel very privileged to have known Alice; always thought of her as a gracious and considerate person. She was really well read and shared her intelligent observations. Above all, she loved her daughters and grandchildren. I pray that we all keep Alice’s goodness in our hearts always.
Posted by Amy Rapoport on May 4, 2021
Alice was a wonderful cousin. She had loads of information about our Siegel Family history and my father and grandmother "Nanny" It was always nice to talk to her on the phone. I always asked about her daughters and their family. I Learned about her grandchildren that she loved dearly and her son-in-law . She was always sweet, kind and thoughtful. I will miss calling her.
Posted by Judy stephenson on May 4, 2021
There is no one I enjoyed talking to more than Alice. Her knowledge and love of books, art, history, and travel made her one of the most interesting people I know. I will sorely miss her.
Posted by anthony frank on May 4, 2021
She will truly be missed she was a great part of the Brookdale Family. I will miss seeing her smile and the joy she brought to all around her.
Posted by Nadine King RD on May 4, 2021
We are sorry to lose a vibrant friend. Alice shared the adventures of her family with us...learning about countries that we did not know and realized that Ubekistan was at the end of the Olympic Games parade. She was proud of all their accomplishments. I will miss all of the yiddish jokes and their translations. May she rest in peace. Nadine, Paul, Marc and Scott King

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Posted by Barbara Ostrow on May 10, 2021
Alice was a dear friend. In many ways she was like a sister and member of our family. We spent holidays and family events together. Alice loved the arts, she was a docent at Temple's art gallery as well as the Dixon Galleries. She loved her children and grandchildren. Calls and packages to the children were important to her. Alice was involved with the Yiddish Book Museum at Amerhurst College. She was invited to be interviewed and the interview is available to the public. She loved reading and also read the Forward Newspaper as well as many other r publications. As we know she loved traveling with her family, having many wonderful adventures. But most of all we loved just sharing a meal, watching a good movie or going to a concert. I was proud to be her friend!! Alice was indeed a Woman of Valor!!
Posted by Julie Rosenberg on May 9, 2021
*Vibrant!* When I think of Alice, I remember her as so very vibrant. She was vibrant in her style and her zest for life. She will remain an inspiration. Alice's strong and passionate spirit will live on.
Posted by Barbara Hermann on May 7, 2021
I would like to add a few of my memories of the Amazing Alice. I was in the Mother Bear Knitting Group with Alice as well as in Sisterhood Book Club. She was so funny talking about her "speedy" knitting while she gave us updates on her adored family members. We both loved "The Golem and The Jinni" - neither of us had been able to get anyone else interested in that book - and were delighted that we each had discovered it and could "share". I learned so much about the items in the Temple Israel museum because of Alice's well-prepared explanations on the tour. And how can I forget the shock of suddenly hearing Alice's distinctive voice in my car - when she was not there. It was Alice reading a book over the radio for the library that was quite some distance from her home. I will certainly miss her, but take pleasure in the memories.
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Alice Ahart

Our beloved mother, sister, and grandmother, Alice Ahart, of Germantown, Tennessee passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 2, 2021.  Alice Ahart was born in Windsor Ontario, Canada on October 7, 1932.  She was the eldest child of Rita Seigel and Isador Glattstein who immigrated from Romania and Poland in the hopes of a better life for their children.  Alice arrived in Detroit Michigan at the age of 14 and became a U.S. citizen in 1954, one of the proudest moments in her life.  Alice had a life-long love of reading and education which she attributed to an enthusiastic librarian at the Windsor public library who issued her, her very first library card at the age of 9 and to her parents who encouraged her education as a path to a better life. 

Alice was the first person in her family to attend college and received a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.  She had a distinguished career as a speech and language pathologist providing services to disabled children and adults in Illinois and later in Tennessee.  Alice was an advocate for the rights of the disabled and received the Francis J. Gerty Award from the State of Illinois for her work with disabled children and their parents.   At the age of 60, she relocated to Tennessee which was her home for 28 years.  Alice had a curiosity and zest for life that was infectious.  She loved the arts, was a volunteer docent at the Dixon Museum, and loved attending music and theater performances in the Memphis area.  She served on the board of the Cordova Friends of the Library and was a volunteer radio reader for the Memphis Public Library program to bring books to the blind.  Alice was an active member of Temple Israel, helping arrange cultural programs including a feature on Albania’s little-known history of rescuing Jews during World War II. 

Alice was always interested in learning about other cultures and travel.  She was a host family to international university students in Illinois and joked that she dreamed of seeing the Taj Mahal before it was turned into a McDonald’s.  In her later years, she was able to realize this dream, traveling with her daughters to India, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, France, and Austria.  Alice was an inspiration to her daughters, Ariel and Shoshanna Ahart and to her grandchildren Kip and Aliya Lu.  She lived everyday to its fullest with compassion, kindness, and an unending curiosity about life.  She is survived by her loving sister Louise Oram, her daughters and their husbands Donald Lu, Andreas Karlstetter, her grandchildren and a wide circle of family and friends around the world who love her dearly and will miss her laughter and enthusiasm for living life.

In celebration of Alice Ahart’s life, those who wish may consider a donation to: (1) Friends of the Cordova Library https://www.memphislibrary.org/about/locations/cordova-library/ ; (2) plant a tree in Israel https://usa.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center/


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Alice Ahart's interview with the Yiddish Book Center, Amerherst, MA

Shared by Ariel Ahart on May 4, 2021