In memory of
Wanda Friess Retired media specialist for Newark Public Schools Wanda Friess, West Orange resident, passed away on January 11, 2021. Born in Poland, she survived the Holocaust with her sister Susan and her father Henry as one of the Hidden Children. After immigrating to the United States she completed high school at Weequahic High School in Newark NJ. She attended Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University) and received her Master's in Library Science from Pratt Institute in New York City. She was a Media Specialist with the Newark Public Schools for 36 years, retiring in 2000. Wanda was a proud union activist, participating in the teachers strikes in 1970 and 1971. She was a Building Representative and then a Vice President for the Newark Teachers Union. She was an animal lover, who rescued scores of cats over the years and found them caring homes, including her own. Wanda is survived by her sister Susan Levkovitz, her brother in law Jack Levkovitz, cousin Sheila Laiks (George), cousin Leonard Chill (Barbara), cousin Robert Walker (Paula), close family friends Rita Jameson, Dr. Renee Jacobs, Dr. Roland Jacobs, her best friend in college and life, Barbara Rachbuch, as well as many other relatives and friends. Special thanks to her caretaker Antoinette Ayala and housemate Onolee Duncan for tending to her at the end of her life. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the services will be private.
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