January 7, 2023 ~ 14 Tevet 5783
Nira Riback passed away peacefully on January 7, 2023. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel (at the time British Mandatory Palestine) on September 24, 1937, she was the only child of Riva and Nachum Brodetzky. She came of age in Israel, participating in the youth movement, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and receiving her undergraduate degree in Education. She had a long career as a teacher both in Israel and the United States. She later continued her education, obtaining her master’s degree in Art Therapy at the University of Louisville, and then spent 25 years as a therapist in the private practice she established.
In 1960, she married Yair Riback. Their loving marriage of 55 years ended with his passing in 2015. They shared many adventures and several moves. They first arrived in the U.S. in Pittsburgh, where Yair received his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburg while both worked as exchange teachers. After returning to Israel for two years, followed by a stint in the D.C. area, they landed in their permanent home of Louisville. Nira managed these moves with two young children in tow, making friends everywhere she landed.
Nira and Yair enjoyed extensive travels throughout the world, visiting 13 countries and seeing many parts of the United States. They also spent many summers in Israel, visiting with their family and friends. They enjoyed attending the theatre, ballet, and the orchestra and were very proud of the Louisville arts community. They had many hobbies, including practicing Yoga, painting, and attending lectures. They co-authored a book, which Nira self-published. Both were avid readers and loved a good debate.
In 2013, Nira and Yair moved to Treyton Oak Towers, meeting new friends, and enjoying many activities. When Yair died, Nira was embraced by the residents and staff of Treyton Oak Towers, who were like family to her. She felt very fortunate to be part of this warm, welcoming, and caring community.
Nira had many wonderful friends, including the members of her Humanistic Havurah group, which has been meeting for over 35 years. She made time to keep in touch with friends and family near and far. She will be remembered as a great listener, advice giver, and devoted friend. She was an optimist who believed that social justice could be achieved through dialogue and commonality.
Nira is survived by her daughters, Tamar (Rick) Schwartz and Michal (Rand) Kruger, and five grandchildren, Dr. Eric (Dr. Lizzy Fleagle) Schwartz of Denver CO, Natalie Schwartz of Austin TX, Jessie Schwartz of L.A., CA, Jordan Kruger, and Arielle (Jeff) Kruger of Louisville. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Louis Schwartz, and Levi Kruger.
The family extends its deepest thanks to Dr. Singh and the amazing physicians at the Baptist Cancer Center, along with the devoted nurses and staff. The family will be forever grateful for the incredible care she received in her final weeks from Dr. Anderson and the other physicians, nurses, and staff at Baptist Palliative Care unit.
Graveside services will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Please meet at the main entrance on Broadway at 1:45 p.m. to follow the procession. Arrangements entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, Inc.
A memorial service will take place at Treyton Oak Towers, 211 W. Oak Street, at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 15, 2023.
Memorial gifts may take the form of contributions to Johns Hopkins Hospital-Pancreatic Cancer Research, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Carnegie 417, Baltimore, MD 21287; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Southeast (Ohio River Valley), P.O. Box 22443, New York, NY 10087-2443; the Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry at JFCS, 2821 Klempner Way, Louisville, KY 40205; or the donor’s favorite charity.