Celia Gleser passed away March 18, 2016 in Atlanta following complications from pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease.
She was born in Lithuania to Julius and Sara Schochat on January 21, 1925. Celia was a Holocaust survivor, and following the Second World War she settled in Germany and met her husband Iljusha. In the early 1950’s they moved to the United States with their first son, and settled in Buffalo, New York.
Celia became a U.S. citizen in 1954, raised both her sons in Buffalo, and relocated to Atlanta in 1978. She had a long and successful career with First Atlanta as a bank teller and later manager of the Emory branch. She was very devoted to her children, her family, and her friends, and was actively involved with the City of Hope and various Holocaust survivor events through the Jewish Family and Career Services organization in Atlanta. Celia is survived by her son Ira, her niece Edith Leff, her daughter-in-law Flavia and her grandchildren.
Her funeral was held Sunday, March 20 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Judith Beiner officiating.