Dr. Zalman Ronen was born in Afula, Israel, May 20th, 1934, and passed away in Akron, Ohio, May 3rd, 2023. His parents were Yosef and Matla Singer.
In his youth he could be found bobbing his head while listening to all the newest music from America. He imparted his love of music to his family. As an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, he took part in the Sinai Campaign of 1956. Ready to get an education and start a family with his wife, Mina, he immigrated to the United States. Zalman was the first in his family to get a formal education. He completed his bachelors, studying the chemistry of polymers (textiles), in Boston, MA.
Zalman and Mina then moved to Pittsburgh where they had their daughters, Dafna and Dahlia, while he diligently pursued a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. The family of four then moved to Akron, OH, where Zalman worked in research and development for Goodyear for over 30 years. Zalman excelled because he was excellent at solving new and challenging problems. While he was at Goodyear, he received several patents, and authored various scientific articles, including the early uses of chromatography.
Upon retiring, Zalman found a new purpose in caring for his three grandchildren, Jacob, Hope, and Bella. He provided all the love they could ever want.
Zalman came to America with little, but through his commitment to his career and his infinite love for his family, he crafted a life for himself and all those who loved him. He was a provider in the full sense of the word. His capacity for compassion was endless. He created lasting friendships with countless community members, all of whom know him by name.
As a father, grandfather and friend, Zalman was always ready to help anyone at a moment’s notice. Helping others filled him with purpose and let him use his sharp wit and selfless nature, constantly expanding his circle of friends. Up until the very end, Zalman made sure that his whole family had everything they needed, often providing for others before himself.
Zalman is survived by Mina, his wife of 64 years; brother Shimon Singer, of Tel Aviv, Israel; daughters, Dafna Ronen, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Dahlia (Larry) Davidson, of Columbus, Ohio; grandson Jacob Ronen Keffer, and granddaughters, Hope Schneider, and Isabella Schneider.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 5th, 2023, at Temple Israel Akron, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Temple Israel Educational Fund.
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