Ethel Frank Goldsmith, 97, passed away quietly on May 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, in Chico, Calif., after moving there from her Hyde Park home in 2011 where she spent her entire life raising her family and in service to others as a social worker.
Born May 31, 1919, in Hyde Park, and went to Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., where she was proud to be vice president of her senior class. She was a long time resident of Hyde Park and Dune Acres, Ind.
She had been in relatively good health until early May when the death of two dear family members precipitated her rapid decline. Ethel’s youngest son John’s beloved wife Mary died on May 1 and the day before, older son Richard’s Sue’s mother died April 30, 2017.
Ethel moved to Chico in 2011 to be closer to her family in her final years where she spent many happy hours with her daughter Sue beside a hilltop pool and fountain and farm they had restored overlooking California’s vistas.
She was married to Julian R. Goldsmith who preceded her in death in 1999.
They were married after meeting as undergraduates at The University of Chicago and were married shortly after graduation September 4, 1940, and went on a honeymoon cruise to Cuba and Caribbean Islands.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Rose (Falk) Frank, and her brother Elmore Frank.
The Goldsmiths had three children who all attended the University of Chicago Lab Schools from preschool thru High School.
Surviving are her beloved children, Richard (Susan) their two sons, Andy and Matthew (Crystal) and their two children, Abigail and Samuel.
John, (Mary, d. May 1, 2017). Surviving are their two children Michael (Stephanie), one son Julian R. Goldsmith, and David.
Susan Wooldridge and her two children Daniel Wooldridge and Elisabeth W. Saake (m. to Dylan), two sons, Liam and Luca Saake.
Her five great-grandchildren brought her great joy in her final years.
Ethel was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and for many years was a psychiatric social worker at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Wyler Children’s Hospital.
In 1966 was given the Volunteer of the Year Award from the State Street Council and the volunteer bureau of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago for her work at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics. She was a recipient of the Alumni Citation Publication Service at the University of Chicago and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She was an active member of the University of Chicago Service League and Camp Brueckner Farr Auxiliary; Bob’s Roberts Hospital Service Committee and served on the Board of directors of the Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary, Faculty wives, University of Chicago service league, Phi Beta Kappa, KAM/ Isaiah Israel temple, Dune acres Saturday ladies, Play reading group, Women’s board, library society, Tuesday ladies, Fortnightly club.
She was a member of the Field Museum Women’s Board; and served on the Board of Directors of the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., and art cart pioneer at the University of Chicago Hospitals and was a major donor to the Art Institute of Chicago – (pre-Columbian art collection of world renowned).
She belonged to the Chicago Commons Association; The Alumni Association School of Social Service Administration and the Self Help Home for Aged.
Ethel always loved peach colored roses, and three Goldsmith cousins—Lynn Goldsmith Feldman, Nancy Goldsmith Weigand and Mitch Goldsmith sent a peach rose bush similar to the one outside Ethel’s window her last days.
That gift rose bush was planted on the hilltop next to a fountain by the pool where Ethel was always happy.
Ethel’s children, and some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren buried her ashes under the blooming rose bush near the fountain and pool she sat by daily in her final years.
Her granddaughter Elisabeth’s husband Dylan and his parents Jim and Michele Saake brought another peach colored rose bush was planted nearby in honor of Ethel’s husband, Julian.
Some of the ashes will be sent to Ethel’s beloved second cousin Beth Conney Najberg who will scatter them at the New Light Cemetery in Chicago where Ethel’s mother, Rosel, father, Theodore, and brother Elmore Frank are buried.