December 25, 2020 ~ 10 Tivet 5781
Ellen Behr Bizer, age 92, passed away peacefully in her home with her daughter, Lynn, son-in-law Gino DeMarco and caregivers by her side.
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1928, Ellen and her family enjoyed the financial successes of their generations of hard work. Ellen was seven years old when the Nuremberg Laws erased her citizenship in the country of her birth. At the age of 10, Ellen’s life in Germany ended abruptly as she, her sister Lilo and her parents narrowly escaped Nazi tyranny four months before the outbreak of World War II for the safety and the unknowns of America. Ellen, who spoke no English when she arrived in America, learned the ways of America and graduated from Atherton High School for Girls in 1947. One year later, Ellen married Dr. Lewis S. Bizer and they began their 48-year long life together. In addition to raising their two children, Lynn and Larry, Ellen became a licensed optician and worked with her husband for most of their marriage.
In 1995, Ellen joined other members of the Behr Family to help fund The Ida and Bernhard Behr Holocaust Memorial Education Fund to send students of all denominations from grades 6 through 12, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This annual trip provides the students with an indelible opportunity to learn about one of the darkest times in modern history.
Ellen was a reserved woman with a kind and gentle smile which was a welcoming sign for those who met her. She was unflappable in stressful situations, always facing life’s difficulties with the grace and poise of the refined woman that she was. Ellen was fortunate to have had Marvin and Patti Coan as long-term close friends who enriched her life with regularity. Furthermore, Ellen was assisted by Pamela Thomas for over 35 years. Ellen’s family is quite appreciative of her caregivers, Jenny Kalloo, Dione Melo, and Beth Tarus.
Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lewis S. Bizer, sister Lilo Auslander, son Larry Bizer, granddaughter Amy Bizer, niece Gail Auslander Zemon, nephew Steve Auslander, and niece Bonnie Bizer.
Ellen is survived by her daughter, Lynn Bizer DeMarco (Gino), granddaughter Emily Bizer; great-niece Shelia Auslander (Imre Noth), niece Janine Auslander, nephew Dr. Michael Auslander (Lee Ann); great-nieces Marissa Auslander, Alana Auslander-Price (Jon), Dr. Rachel Mather; great-nephew Adam Mather (Martha), nephew Dr. Jerry Bizer (Maxine); great-nieces Dr. Emori Bizer Carrara (Tony), Meredith Bizer; nephew Dr. Wayne Bizer (Sue), great-nephews Dr. George Bizer (Anna), Andy Bizer (Jessica), Brandon Coan (Summer), Spencer Coan and many other family members.
Due to the pandemic, a private graveside service was held December 31, 2020.
Remembrances are appreciated in the form of contributions to The Ida and Bernhard Behr Holocaust Memorial Education Fund in care of the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40205 and telephone number (502) 238-2722.