Lillian Mea Weingarten Mehr
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Lillian Mea Weingarten Mehr

MEHR: Lillian Mea Weingarten Mehr passed peacefully in bed this past Tuesday, Jan. 11 (9 Shevat). Beloved wife, mother, teacher, and aunt, she is survived and remembered by her two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, nephew Marc and nieces Fern and Hope, sister-in-law Arlene Weingarten, and many loving friends. She played the violin since she was a child living on Russell Street, Sharon, Pennsylvania. Music was always a close part of her life, and she made sure her sons started piano at an early age and were encouraged to continue on other instruments of their choice (Michael on tuba, Jeffrey on everything else). Always a team with husband Harold (Hal), of Greenville, Pennsylvania, they raised goats together, ran a creamery in Conneaut Lake, and went on to found Mehr Metals in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, later moving to Greenville to raise their sons. She was a dietitian for National Harvester, a substitute teacher in Reynolds and Greenville public schools, a band parent at Greenville High School, an administrative aide for the University of Pittsburgh, and worked in youth education and support staff for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She was also a violinist for the Butler Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, and assistant concertmaster for the Greenville Symphony. At her recent 90th birthday celebration, she donated her own violin to the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony to encourage new talent who might not be able to afford a decent instrument. She was a member of Congregation Beth Israel, Sharon, Pennsylvania, and a kindergarten teacher in religious school, having brought her sons there from kindergarten through confirmation grade 10. At her last birthday she was delighted to receive a deed from Michael for a small patch of land on Mars. She often joked that she would swing by to inspect it “on her way to the hereafter.” Graveside service and interment will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, Hermitage, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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