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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Estelle Markowitz

Estelle Markowitz

August 10, 1929 - November 14, 2021

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

Service Date: Thursday November 18th, 2021

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Estelle (Polevoi) Markowitz passed away in Beverly Hills, CA, on November 14, 2021 after an inspiring life of 92 years. Her life was marked by the virtues of kindness, generosity, humility, and equanimity.
Born just before the Great Depression (August 10, 1929) in Akron, Ohio to Michael and Beatrice Polevoi, she grew up in an observant Jewish home with three brothers: Jerry, Marvin, and Alvin. An outstanding student, Estelle also was a major support to the family toy and hobby business and even protected her younger brother from neighborhood bullies. In high school, she won a statewide essay competition sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her entire family moved to Los Angeles in 1949. Estelle enrolled in UCLA, majoring in business administration (eventually earning a Master’s Degree). She taught for decades in the Los Angeles City Unified School District, teaching essential business skills to thousands of students in low-income schools.
In 1955, Estelle married Seymour (Sy) Markowitz, an electronics engineer who had moved from New York City. They settled in West Los Angeles. Son Frank and daughter Ann followed, and the family moved to Rancho Palos Verdes.
Estelle was feted by friends and family at a 1989 retirement party and then embarked on an energetic retirement. She did extensive volunteer work for Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, Ahavat Torah of West Los Angeles, Mazon (fighting hunger), League of Women Voters, a blood bank, and on behalf of incarcerated women. Estelle and Sy traveled extensively to US and foreign spots. After Sy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, they returned to West Los Angeles. Estelle continued her extensive volunteer work, although her time and emotional energy were increasingly consumed by Sy’s illness. After Sy passed away in 2003, Estelle eventually resumed a full calendar of activities.
Estelle was an especially caring mother, guiding her children through the rocky path to adulthood. She was also a wonderfully supportive grandmother, mother-in-law, and a caregiver beloved by her three granddaughters.
An avid theater and classical music devotee, Estelle relished sampling the numerous cultural offerings in Los Angeles with a wide range of friends. She continued to support her three brothers as they battled their own illnesses. She also loyally assisted a sister-in-law and friend, Rae Polevoi, in Rae’s later years. Mom’s own illnesses eventually required her to move to the Sunrise assisted living home, but she tried to be as active and supportive of new friends as possible.
Estelle was admired for her empathy, optimism, and practical advice. She fully appreciated good fortune, but she took life’s inevitable blows with equanimity.
She is survived by daughter Ann Markowitz (and Ann’s husband Rich) and son Frank Markowitz (with his wife Nancy), as well as granddaughters Jennie Waldow, Julia Waldow, and Andie Hongying Markowitz.
Estelle was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Mazon, Planned Parenthood, or another favorite charity. Estelle would have appreciated all efforts of her family and friends toward Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) as a suitable tribute to a life well lived.