Rita Schor, 70, of Marietta, Ga., passed away at The William Bremen Jewish Home May 31, 2020, following a courageous 15-plus year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Rita was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sept. 12, 1949, the daughter of Czechoslovakian immigrants and Holocaust survivors, Sol and Flora David. Her family immigrated to the United States while Flora was pregnant with Rita and she became the first member of the David family to be born in this country. Her dad worked hard as a local tailor and her parents were highly respected in the community. Rita never spoke much of her family’s past, but she never took an opportunity for granted and cherished each day of her life. While uncommon at that time, Rita was determined to attend college and became the first generation in her family to graduate. She earned a degree in early childhood education and had a love for educating children.
Prior to graduating, while attending a wedding, Rita met her husband Neil Schor, from Utica, N.Y. From the second Neil met Rita, he was smitten. The two were married in July 1969 and from that day forward, they were rarely seen apart. In 1972, Rita gave birth to a son Lee Schor, and 7 1/2 years later, daughter Alissa Schor was born. In the late 1970s, Neil and Rita left the cold weather of the Northeast behind when they moved to Marietta, and Rita loved the community she found there.
Family was everything to Rita and she has often been described as the glue that kept the family together. Rita loved her children with all of her heart and led by example. She was an incredible wife, mother and loyal friend and would do anything for those she loved and cared about. When she wasn’t doting on her family, Rita loved to travel, as long as it was to somewhere warm.
She was an avid reader and was always up for a long walk and a great conversation with a close friend. Rita had an innate love for educating children and spent many years as a preschool teacher at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center in Marietta.
Rita is survived by her husband Neil of 51 years; son and daughter-in-law Lee and Sarah Schor; daughter and son-in-law Alissa Schor and Daniel Kedme; and two granddaughters Madison Kedme and Sasha Schor.
While Rita was never able to really “meet” her grandchildren, her children believe strongly and are determined that her legacy will remain strong with them. Rita will always be remembered as a loving wife, a selfless mother, a generous friend and a compassionate woman of Jewish faith that was always proud of who she was and where she came from.
Due to COVID-19, a graveside funeral was held for immediate family only June 4 at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta. Shiva was observed virtually, and friends and relatives asked in lieu of flowers to please consider donations to the Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University or the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.