Sheiala Moskow, 69, longtime volunteer with many civic, charitable groups

November 14, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Sheiala Moskow, who did volunteer work for two decades with numerous charitable and civic organizations across the state, died Thursday of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Mrs. Moskow, 69, of Severna Park volunteered with the Anne Arundel County Affordable Housing Coalition, the O'Malley Senior Center, the Severna Park Library and elsewhere.

"She was always involved in five or six activities," said her daughter, Laura Moskow Sigal of Columbus, Ohio. "She felt it was her responsibility as a human being to help others."

At the Severna Park library, where she had volunteered for the past three years, she frequently read to youngsters and helped patrons with their computers.

Joann Trepp, the library branch manager, said Mrs. Moskow was especially helpful teaching patrons how to use computers to do research.

"She helped to teach computer catalog to the public and was fabulous in that role," Ms. Trepp said.

A native of East Orange, N.J., Mrs. Moskow received a bachelor's degree in administration from the University of Southern California in 1951 and took graduate courses at the University of Maryland. She moved to Anne Arundel County in 1976.

Mrs. Moskow was a unit administrator for University Hospital from 1976 to 1979 and an administrator for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development from 1979 until she retired in 1993.

While working each job, she continued her volunteer activities. Other organizations she volunteered with were the Service Corps for Retired Executives, the Genealogy Organization and the Anne Arundel County Women's Coalition.

She was a board member of the YWCA of Anne Arundel County and the Maryland Governor's Volunteer Council, and belonged to the Jewish Women International and the Naval Academy Sponsor Program.

Mrs. Moskow enjoyed baking, working with ceramics and tracing her family's genealogy. In researching her family's history, she traveled to England and Poland and found roots as far back as the 1500s.

The former Sheiala Ratner married Mike Moskow in 1951.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave. in Annapolis.

In addition to her daughter and husband, she is survived by two sons, Bruce Moskow of Austin, Texas, and Steven Moskow of Newtown, Pa.; a brother, George Ratner of Laguna Hills, Calif.; three sisters, Ruth Slater and Selma Bukstein, both of Laguna Hills, and Marian Levy of Monsey, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Sheiala Ratner Moskow Memorial Fund, c/o Laura Moskow Sigal, 2841 Elm Ave., Bexley, Ohio 43209.

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