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Passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 24th after recently celebrating her 84th birthday with her daughter Elizabeth, a few days earlier. Predeceased by her father Ely Levy and mother Celia Clifton; ex-husband James Serling and most recently, life-long love and former husband  Peter Liebschutz.

Born in Rochester, NY, Renee was a graduate of Brighton High School (1957) she attended Buffalo State University where she earned an education degree (1961), which lead her to become one of Rochester City Schools most beloved educators for over forty years. Eventually achieving the role of Vice Principal, Renee’s passion always remained in the classroom, with her favorite time of year always being Halloween and her annual tradition of dressing up in costume  to explore her inner child.

A dedicated single mother; Renee was a firm believer in education and instilled upon her three children the importance of reading, the arts and always nurtured the desire to learn.

With a life-long dedication to the Jewish faith; Renee and former husband Peter Liebschutz supported a multitude of organizations; including the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Her indominable spirit, witty sense of humor and keen insight will be sorely missed within the community.

Renee is survived by her three children Craig E. Serling; her daughter Joanne (Stephen) Fisher; her daughter Elizabeth Serling; and her two grandchildren Max and Ben Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Camp Seneca Lake care of the Rochester Jewish Community Center at https://jccrochester.org/cslgiving/. Acknowledgements to be made to Joanne Fisher and Family at 60 Duffield Drive South Orange, New Jersey 07079.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am at Temple B’rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Ave ) on Tuesday, January 30th followed by a graveside service at Mt. Hope Cemetery. For those unable to attend, CLICK HERE to livestream the service.

Visiting hours will be held in the Atrium of Brickstone Facility (1325 Elmwood Ave.) at 12:30pm directly following the burial and again Tuesday evening from 7pm-9pm.

 

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