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January 30th, 2004
Racine native Ida Schiewitz (nee Schwartz) died of natural causes in Milwaukee on Dec. 19. She was 87.
Her family moved from Racine to Milwaukee when she was a child and she graduated from North Division High School in 1934. She was a homemaker married to businessman-salesman Melvin Schiewitz for almost 50 years until his death in 1993.
After marrying in Milwaukee, the couple lived in Galesburg and Peoria, Ill., for some years before returning to Milwaukee in the mid-1960s. According to her daughter Ellen (Michael) Manes of Mequon, Ida worked in a sporting goods store in Galesburg, and she and her husband worked together in Milwaukee-area flea markets.
She and her husband were charter members of Congregation Shalom, Manes said. She was a participant in the JCC Senior Center, liked knitting, ceramics, crocheting and spending time with her family. Her true joy was being with her grandchildren.
She is also survived by daughter Dena Lucoff of Glendale; brother William (Dorothy) Schwartz of Madison; and four grandchildren.
Rabbi Ronald Shapiro officiated at the funeral on Dec. 22. Burial was in Mound Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Congregation Shalom would be appreciated by the family.