Lotte “Carmella’” Minka Bing Schwarz died peacefully at her home in Dallas, surrounded by her family, on January 9, 2016.
Carmella was born on March 5, 1926 to Ludwig and Kathe (nee. Horowitz) Bing, the third out of four children in Hamburg Germany. Her family fled Germany in 1933, spending a year in Belgium prior to moving to Israel in 1934. She moved to New York in the mid 1950’s and became a licensed insurance broker. She married Sol Schwarz in 1958, moved to Dallas and raised three children.
She was an intelligent, interesting, gracious and unpretentious woman, known as “Mommy” not only to her children but to many of their friends. She traveled the world, was a voracious reader, listened to classical music and loved Willie Nelson. Basically she enjoyed life.
Carmella was a member of National Council of Jewish Women, a lifetime member of Hadassah and served as its representative to the Jewish Community Relationship Council for several years. Sol and Carmella were one of the original families that started Congregation Shaare Tefilla of Dallas. Carmella also was involved with her children’s school, Akiba Academy, serving as sustentation chairman. She taught Hebrew School at Temple Emanuel, Congregation Shearith Israel and Congregation Tiferet Israel. Carmella also worked alongside her husband in the family business.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jonas and her sister Hannah. She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years Sol, sister Rachel Be’erly, her daughters Janice Schwarz (Edwin Mullins), Barbara Schwarz (Marie Fida) and son Ludwig Schwarz (Marjorie) and beloved grandchildren Jonah and Gabriela Schwarz-Mullins and many nieces and nephews.
Our heartfelt gratitude to her caregivers Mavis, Agnes, Meaza, Maggie and Addis who took loving care of her for the past 3 ½ years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to Bikur Cholim Society of Greater Dallas, Akiba Academy of Dallas or Yavneh Academy of Dallas or a charity of your choice.