Esther Ornstein Zwerdling, age 88, was born December 29, 1931 and passed away February 8, 2020.

Esther spent much of her life raising her family and teaching children. She became a Montessori teacher and operated the Char-Lee Day Care center (with her business partner) in Hollywood, Florida into the late 1990’s. 

Following the sale of her day-care she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to be closer to her family, where she became employed at Yavneh Day School (now Rockwern Academy) as a day care worker and substitute teacher.  Once she “retired” she worked with her daughter Carrie as a receptionist in her offices.

Her proudest moments came from teaching children to read.

Beloved wife of the late Dr. Moses Zwerdling; devoted mother of Ted (Susan) Zwerdling of Colfax, CA and Carrie (Brian) Kluger of Cincinnati, OH; loving grandmother of Carly Hessel, David (Jill) Zwerdling, Robert Kluger and Julianna Kluger; cherished great-grandmother of Zachary Jr. and Zoe; dear sister of Harvey Ornstein and Melvin Ornstein (both deceased).

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery, 27855 Aurora Rd., Solon, OH 44139 on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 AM.

The family will receive friends Tuesday following burial at the residence of Francine Hammer, 2879 Weybridge Rd., Shaker Hts, OH 44120.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati (, Congregation Etz Chaim ( or to Hadassah (

Arrangements under the direction of Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel (800) 448-2210.