Phyllis Lockshin dies unexpectedly in Ohio

Phyllis (née Oster) Lockshin, the widow of former NJCOS chairman and Central Region chair Gerrold Lockshin, and a longtime advocate for Jewish Scouting in her own right, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 24. She was 84.

Married for 59 years, Phyllis continued to live in Canton, Ohio following the passing of her husband in 2009. In more recent years, her health had declined, recovering from a massive heart attack and the effects from a stroke. Her spirit remained strong, however, while her health was more fragile.

Phyllis_LockshinA native of nearby Cleveland, she graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and received a bachelor’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. A tireless supporter of the Buckeyes, she and her husband would regularly travel to football games and bowl tournaments whenever Ohio State was involved.

Phyllis was a member of the Conservative Shaaray Torah Synagogue in Canton, Ohio, and served as the president of its sisterhood during many years of service. Like her husband, she was actively involved with her local Jewish community, volunteering her time and donating money to the Canton Jewish Community Center, Canton Jewish Federation and was a member of Hadassah. Additionally, she served on the Aultman Hospital women’s board.

When not following Ohio State football, she often found time to root for the Cleveland Browns and participated in book clubs and enjoyed gardening. One of her greatest passions in life was entertaining and she and her husband particularly loved inviting friends and family to stay by their pool in the historic area of Canton in which they resided. Phyllis was a big believer in family and helped organize many Oster family reunions in Canton for many years.

She is survived by her Eagle Scout sons Lawrence (Janet Henrie) Lockshin of Adelaide, Australia, Thomas (Beth) Lockshin of Solon, Ohio and Cathy (Mark) Baer of Akron; a brother, Richard Oster of Aurora, Ohio and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Arnold Funeral Home in Canton with interment in Canton Hebrew Cemetery immediately following.

Memorial donations are suggested to the NJCOS and Shaaray Torah Synagogue, 432 30th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709