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Telsa Ruth Weintraub

December 7, 1932 - December 17, 2018

Telsa Ruth Weintraub was born in Cleveland,Ohio and spent her first 85.5 years in Cleveland. She was raised in a 3 generation household with her mother, sister, aunts, and grandmother in a tight-knit Jewish community with extended family and friends nearby. She graduated from Glenville High School and then attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where she studied painting and drawing, and excelled in enamel work. She met her husband Marcel Weintraub, Holocaust survivor, at a wedding and soon after abandoned her artistic pursuits to devote herself to family life and her (occasionally) delightful children Franklin, Cherie, Jonathan and William.


Telsa lived a life of service and spent her life taking care of people. In her youth, she cared for her grandmother Fannie, and looked after her beloved sister Freddie. She was wise counsel to cousins Ruth and Fred. She cared for her children and husband, putting their needs always ahead of her own. She was devoted to her children, insisting they all received a Jewish education from Fairmount Temple.


In midlife and beyond, she cared for her mother, aunts, husband and sister as they aged. She assumed the roles of caregiver/nurse, chef, housekeeper, business and facilities manager, driver, shopper, personal assistant and companion. She also made frequent visits to Portland, OR to help nurture her youngest son Will during his terminal illness and became adopted “mom” to Will’s partner Emily Platt.


To make ends meet, she held jobs such as typing and stuffing envelopes, working at the May Co. department store and the Cleveland Jewish Community Center, packaging false eyelashes, and doing survey work at the local mall. She frugally clipped coupons and prided herself on finding the best bargains possible.


She was at home in the kitchen and loved to cook and bake. An intuitive, non-recipe dependent cook, she seemingly effortlessly prepared her delicious signature dishes – kuchen, pies, cakes, noodle kugel, stuffed cabbage, brisket, chicken soup, potato latkes, chopped liver, kremsel, matzos and eggs, blintzes, by rote and feel. If a family member didn’t like the meal she’d prepared, she would prepare a separate requested meal. She pulled off flawless Thanksgiving and special occasion dinners and entertained large groups with ease. She welcomed visitors, fed them baked goods or lunch or dinner or snacks, and made them feel comfortable, valued and appreciated.


Telsa valued all things creative. She loved ballet, art and opera. She took ballet lessons as a child. She sewed beautifully, crafting clothing and costumes for family members. She collected varied and assorted fabrics for many years with good intentions to complete many more projects. She tended a small vegetable and herb garden every summer.


Telsa maintained many important lifelong friendships with her Cleveland classmates and with her large extended family.


In May 2018, Telsa relocated to Portland, OR to live in the loving care of her devoted son Franklin and daughter-in-law Nancy. In Portland, she “Great Telsa” was surrounded by family and new friends and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.


Telsa Ruth Weintraub was the daughter of Helen D. Klein, sister of Fredrica J. Klein, niece of Hilda and Mildred Dattelbaum, Eleanor Miller and William Dattlebaum. She was the wife of the late Marcel Weintraub; mother of Franklin (Nancy) and Cherie, both of OR, Jonathan (David) of WA, and the late William; grandmother of Micah (Jennifer) and Benjamin (Mackenzie). She was the great grandmother of Emmett and Eli (Benjamin and Mackenzie) and Jacob (Micah and Jennifer.) and adopted mother/friend to Emily Platt and Raymond and Clara Hogan.


She was beloved by all who knew her and will be remembered often and dearly missed.


Memorial donations suggested to your favorite public broadcasting station or arts organization.



Service Information

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 21, 2018

Time: 02:00 pm

Havurah Shalom section of Jones Pioneer Cemetery


SW Hewitt Blvd. & SW Humphrey Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97221

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