Obituary: Sara Patlis Loshak

Obituary: Sara Patlis Loshak

Sara Patlis Loshak born August 14, 1923 passed away peacefully at her home in Naples, Florida September 25, 2016.

Sara was born and raised in New York City, the fourth of five children and the daughter of Joe and Rebecca Patlis.  At the age of 19, she met the love of her life Nathan Loshak and spent almost sixty years together until his death in 2002.

After Nate served in WWII, Nate and Sara had their first child Leda before embarking on a new adventure in Minneapolis/ St. Paul where their second daughter Susan was born. loshak-obituary-photo

In the mid 1950’s Sara and Nate and their young family moved to Baltimore where their youngest son Joel was born.  Sara and Nate moved to Atlanta in the late fifties and spent the next 11 years there where Sara decided to go to work and get a degree in education at Georgia State.  By the time they moved to Austin, Texas, Sara was able to complete her degree at the University of Texas.  She continued by obtaining  her Masters degree in education after moving to Chicago.  While substitute teaching, Nate and Sara moved once again to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Sara taught for the next fifteen-twenty years in special education before finishing her professional career.

Sara and Nate had many wonderful years in Tulsa where they made many lifelong wonderful friends.  They retired to the Naples, Florida area to be closer to family and friends.  Sara and Nate loved to travel and even after being diagnosed with cancer in 1985, she was determined not to let it slow down her life.  She continued to travel extensively even after Nate’s death playing bridge with her close friends at Arbor Trace in Naples.  She loved seeing a movie, reading a book, challenging you to a game of Scrabble or going to a cultural scene with her friends whether it was the opera, museum or a good play.

Sara led an active life and continued to take classes at the university up until her death.  Sara Loshak is survived by her sister Iris Levine, sister-in-law, Judy Kaplan, children: Leda and Jack Zbar, Susie and Bruce Golubock, Joel and Mindy Loshak; grandchildren: Beth and Michael Marks, Stephanie Footer and husband, Luke Warren; Clay and Shari Zbar, Andrew and Martha Golubock, Wendy and Brad Weissman, Lauren and Clark Edlund, Brandon and Viviana Loshak and ten great grandchildren.

She was a wonderful lady that lived a wonderful life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to JFCS of Southwest Florida, 5025 Castello Dr., Suite 101, Naples, Florida 34103 or MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 in memory of Sara Loshak and write Fund Designated by Family. Sign online guest book at

A graveside service was held September 28 at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs Georgia, Rabbi Steven Lebow officiating.  Arrangements by Dresslers’ Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.


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