Lenore Faith Peretz
June 23, 1936 ‒ April 06, 2018
“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” -Maya Angelou
Lenore Faith Peretz, age 81, passed away on Friday morning at her home in Beachwood surrounded by her adoring family. Born on June 23, 1936, the youngest of three, Lenore was raised in New York City. After graduating from Fieldston, she attended college at Mt. Holyoke and University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, and Washington University in St. Louis where she earned her master’s degree in education. While a senior at U Penn, Lenore met Jack Peretz, an intern at Philadelphia General Hospital. They married later the same year on October 26, 1958. After Jack’s Ophthalmology residency in St. Louis, the couple moved to Cleveland where they spent the remainder of their near 60-year marriage. Like yin and yang, Lenore and Jack were opposites in many ways, but complemented each other to create balance and wholeness. Above all else, they made each other laugh, seeing the humor in any and every situation and filling the house with laughter. Over her lifetime, Lenore faced her share of hardships, which she always handled with grace and courage. Lenore found peace and solace in her artwork. With paints and brushes, Lenore captured on canvas vibrant landscapes and endearing portraits that inspire a pure appreciation for the beauty of life. Her many beautiful paintings are cherished by her friends and family. An avid reader, Lenore loved to visit the library and curl up on the couch with a novel. She loved to visit museums, watch movies, see shows, and take walks, but most of all she loved her family. Everyone’s favorite for her patient ear, compassionate heart, and gentle wisdom-she will be greatly missed by many. Lenore was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Louis Stanley Barnett, her mother, Syd Linde, and her step-father, Herman Linde. Lenore is survived by her husband, Dr. Jack Peretz, her daughters Andrea Peretz Rojas (Joe) and Hillary Rinehardt (John), her son Louis Peretz, her sister, Gloria Levin, her brother, Albert Barnett, and her grandchildren, Aaron Rinehardt, Rachel Rinehardt, Hannah Rinehardt, Alexia Rojas, and Shaina Rojas. In accordance with her wishes, Lenore will be buried without fanfare at the Kokosing Nature Preserve in Gambier, Ohio. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Lenore’s life on Monday April 9 from 5:00-7:00 at the Atrium Two social room in the Village complex in Beachwood. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Lenore’s name to either the American Cancer Society or the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lenore Faith Peretz