Paula S. Bogdan, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away of natural causes on Friday, April 3, 2020 at her home in Ossining, New York. Originally from Thompsonville, Connecticut, Paula was born on August 4, 1928 to Eva Saffir Sisitzky and Philip Sisitzky. She grew up in Connecticut and New York City where she attended Hunter College followed by Columbia University. She worked in New York City as a writer and magazine editor.
Paula married Jerry W. Bogdan (d. 1983) in 1956 and moved to Cincinnati where she lived for forty years raising their three children, Karen, Philip and Lisa. She remained active in many organizations including ORT, Hadassah, Books for the Blind, and volunteering as a writer and artist at Cincinnati Jewish Hospital. Her life was filled with close friends and family and creative endeavors of writing and painting. Throughout her life, she maintained very close relationships with her mother and four siblings: Sherlee Land (of Westchester, New York), Doris Ross (of Manchester, New Hampshire/New York) Rhodina Schwartz (of Cincinnati, O.) and Herbert Stark (of Amherst, Mass.) and their spouses and children.
Paula always maintained the spirit of an optimist. Gracious, elegant, generous, witty and filled with unconditional love, Paula will be forever in our hearts. She leaves a legacy of strength, love and giving to her children and their spouses: Philip Bogdan & Lisa Himmelstein Bogdan (of Alexandria, Va.), Karen & Michael Brenner (of Newton, Mass.), Lisa Bogdan & David Douglas (of Croton-on-Hudson, NY), her beloved grandchildren Jeremy Jack Bogdan & Brooklyn Short Bogdan, Juliana Brenner, and Danielle, Evan and Jared Douglas. Paula is also survived by her sister-in-law Paulina Stark, brother-in-law Gordon M. Bogdan and many loving nieces and nephews continuing down two generations.
Internment took place on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at a graveside Virtual Funeral at Adath Israel Cemetery in Price Hill. Rabbi Gary Zola of Hebrew Union College (a long time friend of Jerry Bogdan's) officiated.
May her memory be a blessing.
Contributions in her memory can be made to United Way (https://www.unitedway.org).