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Ilse Goetz Adler
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1913
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death: Sep. 13, 2005
Grand Traverse County
Michigan, USA

Daughter of Julius Goetz and Belcza Acht.

Ilse met her husband, Henry Adler, through their fathers, who were both coffee house owners. Ilse and Henry were married May 21, 1935, in Vienna, Austria.

Ilse was well educated and proficient in several languages. Her medical studies were cut short by the Nazi invasion of Austria. Ilse attended several courses at Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University, and was awarded degrees from each.

Ilse lived in Vienna until she was 26-years old. At that time she, her husband and their nine month old baby boy fled Austria to escape Nazi persecution. Ilse recalled this as a horrific time and never got over her feelings about their persecution and her later inability to obtain help getting her parents out of Europe.

Ilse, Henry and their infant son fled Vienna with only the very few possessions they could carry. They took trains to Holland, where they eventually boarded a ship and came to America.

Ilse's multilingual ability, including English, helped in the family emigration to America. Arriving in July 1939, the family spent time in New York and Detroit before coming to Traverse City, sponsored by Congregation Beth El.

Ilse and her husband, Henry started working in a Traverse City clothing factory. Ilse worked there for a short time before she began a job translating documents for a psychiatrist at the Traverse City State Hospital. During this time, Ilse had two more children, a daughter and another son.

Ilse became a United States Citizen June 19, 1945. Ilse and Henry began working at the Traverse City State Hospital. Henry, retired in 1972 and Ilse retired in 1976.

Ilse worked many years in social work, teaching new staff as well as providing group and individual therapy. Ilse witnessed the evolution of psychiatry through lobotomies, electric convulsive therapy and the introduction of psycho tropic medications. Ilse also created the "Friendship Center" program which still exists today as a drop in center for community based patients to receive activities, classes, cooking, sewing, etc. in their transition to community life.

Ilse contributed to the Congregation Beth EL Jewish Studies by working to develop a religious school as the congregation became diverse, including Orthodox, Conservative and Reform orientations.

Ilse was an active participant in Traverse City activities. Ilse and Henry sold their first home on Garfield Avenue in support of building a new Oak Park Elementary School. They moved to Washington Street, where the family continued to be a vibrant part of Traverse City.

Upon retirement, Ilse played a lot of bridge, gardened and dabbled in her "arts and crafts" room. Ilse also traveled extensively. In addition to Vienna, which she was able to revisit two times, she cited her favorite places as Israel and Brazil.

Ilse is survived by her three children, her niece and their families. Ilse Adler was the devoted mother of John Steve (Carole) Adler, Lil (Daniel) Ostendorf and Robert G. (Betty) Adler; grandmother of six; great-grandmother of five; and loving aunt of Shelley (Martin) Schaub, Jennifer and Rebecca Schaub.

Ilse was preceded in death by Henry Adler, who died at the age of 90 in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 1997; and her sister, Susanne Fischman, who died in Traverse City at the age of 73 on July 19, 1994.

Traverse City Record-Eagle
September 18, 2005
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  Henry Adler (1907 - 1997)
Jewish Cemetery
Traverse City
Grand Traverse County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Honoring our ancestors
Record added: Oct 14, 2010
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Ilse <i>Goetz</i> Adler
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