Hope Calman Leyton
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Hope Calman Leyton

LEYTON: Hope Calman Leyton, age 95, on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Preceded in death by her parents Bess and Allan Calman, and her sister Marjorie Calman. She is survived by her three children, Miriam Leyton of Pittsburgh, Steven Leyton (Terri) of Clayton, Missouri, and Robert Leyton of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Andrew Smith (Allison) Mollie Glazer (Jason), Elizabeth Samson (Benjamin) and Emma Lehman (Travis) and five great-grandchildren. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Hope was a beloved mother and grandmother whose life was marked by compassion, integrity and a strong curiosity about the people and the world around her. She attended Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh, graduating from college in 1946 before it was common for women to earn post-secondary degrees. After raising her family, Hope returned to the University of Pittsburgh, earning a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1970, and worked as a counselor in the Pittsburgh Public Schools before retiring in 1990. Retirement gave Hope the opportunity to pursue her many passions. She traveled the world, often to exotic locations and regularly attended concerts, plays and lectures. Hope maintained countless lifelong friendships and made volunteering a priority. She worked in the archives at Rodef Shalom Congregation — where she was a lifelong member — and on many progressive political campaigns. Above all, Hope was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother (or “Nannie,” as she was known). She was her happiest when surrounded by family. Her apartment in Oakland was the heart of the family, where she hosted everything from large holiday meals to grandchildren who were home from school. She will be missed by all. Private graveside service and interment at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. Memorial contributions may be made to Rodef Shalom Family Center, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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