Celia Zlotnick was born on October 24, 1918 in New York, the youngest child of Ida and Morris.  She sang in the choir of the Kane St Shul while living on Clinton Street in Brooklyn in the 1920’s-30’s; she knew the cantor well.

Celia met Ben Klotz at the wedding of Ann Zlotnick to Marty Greisner (Ann’s father was Morris Zlotnick’s brother Shmiel).  Marty was a childhood friend of Ben’s, which is why he was at the wedding; Celia was Ann’s cousin.  Ann Zlotnick is the girl in the photo with Isadore Goldstein, holding certificates.

She married Benjamin Klotz on December 14, 1941, one week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.

Marriage of Celia Zlotnick & Ben Klotz, December 14, 1941

They took out two marriage licenses, one on August 5, 1941 and one on November 11 of the same year.  The license had to be used within 60 days; we don’t know why they didn’t marry within that time frame after taking out the first license.

Shortly after their wedding, Ben was called up; he served in the South Pacific (Saipan) during the war and attained the rank of Captain. 

Ben worked for the US Postal Service, and later became a teacher in the New York City school system. He retired in 1975 and a few years later, they made Aliyah to Israel.  They rented a succession of two apartment on Chernakovsky Street and in the end lived at 8 B’nai Beteira Street. Celia’s sister Belle Zlotnick visited them in Jerusalem.

Celia and Ben died in Jerusalem, Ben on May 12, 1995 and Celia on January 8, 2000. Ben had Alzheimer’s and when Celia could no longer care for him, he lived in an old age home.  Celia died of cancer at Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem.  They both are buried in Jerusalem in the Har Menuchot cemetery.

Celia and Ben’s children were Lewis and Lorraine (Lorri).  Lewis married Rita Fine, Lorri married Matthew Greif, but they divorced in a few years and then he died young.  Lewis and Rita had two daughters, Julie (Sean Carmody) and Dana (Seth Cohen).

Lewis Klotz remembers that at some point in her life, Celia lost her sense of smell.  They knew this because she hated the smell of mustard; when she said she couldn’t smell anything, they tested her by putting mustard under her nose, but she didn’t react at all.  Lew said “My mother could burn water;” she was not known as a good cook.

More on Lewis Klotz here.