Betsy (nee Gershkovitz) Ackerman, age 80, of Wooster, Ohio passed away due to a courageous battle with heart and kidney failure on September 24, 2023.
Betsy was born in 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Alex and Pearl (nee Skurow) Gershkovitz. She was married to the love of her life, Donald L. Ackerman, for 57 years. He survives.
Betsy was a graduate of Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Therapy at Ohio State University. She started as a speech therapist for Wooster City Schools and continued with the Wayne/Medina Head Start. Later in her career she registered clients at People to People of Wooster. Betsy’s passion and dedication in helping others inspired many to carry on her legacy. Betsy was involved in her community donating many hours of service to the Junior Women’s Club, Knesseth Israel Temple Sisterhood, golf and bowling leagues, as well as, her volunteerism with other community organizations. She was one to be the first to reach out a lending hand to all who needed assistance. Betsy enjoyed shopping, gardening, golfing, getting together with her Lunch Bunch, and had a knack for the ‘gift of gab’. She was her family’s historian and ensured all were in the know.
Betsy’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by her husband Don, children Cari (Chris) Van Pelt of Cincinnati, OH, Michael (Beckie) Ackerman, grandsons Joshua and Benjamin of Brecksville, OH, brother-in-law Phillip Schwartz, nephews Ethan (Shawnda) Schwartz, Robb (Bea) Schwartz and great-nephew Kurt Schwartz, adopted children Chris and Allison Green and grandchildren Jensen (Mollie) Green, Madalyn (Zach) Vaughn and Alayna Green.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.
Friends will be received 1 hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Action Head Start Wayne/Medina Counties, 905 Pittsburgh Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 (cawm.org / 330-641-6889), People to People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster, Ohio 44691 or 330-262-1662, American Heart Association, 1575 Corporate Woods Parkway Ste. 150, Uniontown, OH 44685, American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com