Elizabeth Schorske

Obituary of Elizabeth Schorske

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Elizabeth Rorke Schorske, of Hightstown, N.J., died peacefully on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown. She was 95 years old. Elizabeth had lived with her husband, Carl, in Princeton for many years. Elizabeth was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 13, 1919. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Government from Radcliffe University in 1942, and married Carl the same year. The family moved to different university towns as Carl's career advanced via employment at different universities: Wesleyan, UC Berkeley, and Princeton. During WWII Elizabeth worked for the Bureau of the Budget and then the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth was a volunteer for Hospice, and the Coalition for Peace Action. She helped establish a branch of the League of Women Voters in Middletown, Conn.. An activist in human rights, Elizabeth was involved in the Free Speech Movement, worked with Cesar Chavez on migrant workers' rights and marched against the war in Vietnam. If there was a community project, Elizabeth was involved. Her activities ran from stuffing envelopes to arranging a summer program at the library. She was creative and cared about education. She even made a display of puppets in a bank window showing how the jury system functioned. Elizabeth raised 5 children and was a great friend to many more. Most of all she was a wife to Carl Schorske. Elizabeth says with pleasure, "My legacy is over 70 years of love." In lieu of flowers pls. send contributions to Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton or to Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton
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