Isabel S. Savel

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Isabel S. Savel

February 19, 1937 - August 28, 2018

Isabel Savel was born Feb. 19, 1937, in New York City. She was raised in Englewood, N.J., and graduated from Englewood High School. Her father's family came from Czechoslovakia and her mother's family came from Romania. She graduated from New York University with an A.B. degree on the same day that her husband graduated from New York University College of Medicine.
They had met at a school dance and they stayed together for over 62 years. She studied Jewish studies at the Hebrew Union College in New York City and received a master's degree in early childhood education at Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven. She studied knitting with Elizabeth Zimmerman and Chinese cooking with Grace Chu at the China Institute in New York. She taught elementary education first in Eastport, N.Y. and then in Burlington, Vt.
She and her husband have two sons, Dr. Richard Savel, Director of Critical Care Services at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Thomas Savel, Director of Informatics Research at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
She and her husband have lived in the North Country since 1967 with residences in Westport and Elizabethtown since 1971.
After her children started school, she began working in her husband's medical practice as administrator and bookkeeper and worked regularly until her final illness.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Elizabethtown and enjoyed marching in the Memorial Day Parade while her husband carried the American flag.
Besides devotion to her family, she was a lover of classical music, playing both the piano and the violin. Her piano playing can be heard on YouTube as the piano accompaniment to her husband's videos about the Holocaust. She was a superb knitter and all her finished pieces came with a lifetime repair guarantee. The last pieces she finished were woolen mittens for her son and a knitted woolen necktie for her husband. Her writing skills were superb and her Holocaust short stories have been published by her sons and her husband and are available on amazon.
She leaves behind her husband; two children, Richard and Tom; and grandchildren, Asher Savel and Benjamin Savel.
Her final illness resulted from long-term damage she suffered from rheumatic fever in childhood.
A graveside service will be held 10 AM Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Riverside cemetery in Elizabethtown.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Moisan and the staff at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital for their excellent care during her final illness.
Donations in her memory should be sent to the Savel Education Fund at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court St., Elizabethtown.
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Published on August 28, 2018
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Laura & Ed Smith
Sep 13, 2018
There are no words to express how very sorry we are about the crossing over of this truly remarkable lady. Going to see Doc at the office w/o being able to ask Mrs. Savel in the back office what handiwork she is working on at the time will be sorely missed. I so enjoyed those moments & appreciated her enthusiasm & little words of advice & encouragement abt working on handiwork, a nearly lost art. Loved her enthusiasm for he challenge when working on handiwork other than knitting. Our hearts go out to Doc, your personal & office family. We know too well from my own recent loss that our loved ones stay very close. Wishing moments of feeling her close! Blessings to you Doc! May your cherished ...memories bring you some comfort. May knowing that many love & care help in some small way.Read more
Deborah Anson Goslin
Sep 03, 2018
Heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Since hearing of her passing, I have done much reflecting on the many ways Isabel positively affected my life. She gave me my first job other than babysitting- doing some housework in the summer for the 4 of you. Isabel was one of the first adults to treat and respect me as a “grownup” at age 13. She taught me how to make hospital corners on the beds, and how to feel carefully for any particles of food on the dishes I was washing. And she gave me a glimpse of what it meant to really be in a loving and dedicated relationship. She opened my mind to natural foods, giving children choices, weaving baskets, the importance of higher education and the... freedom of speaking one’s own truth. I fondly remember the times I spent with Richard and Tom on the school bus and babysitting. I will always treasure those opportunities she provided for my personal growth into a young woman.
May Peace Be With You in Time.

Deborah Anson Goslin
1436 Middle Burnt Fork Rd
Stevensville, MT 59870
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Oliver Blaise, Jr.
Sep 03, 2018
I am saddened to learn of Isabel's passing. She was a wonderful supportive mother of two very talented children, and a loving and supportive wife to Herb. I enjoyed getting to know the entire family.
John and Sandy Goodroe
Aug 30, 2018
We go back to the early 70's with Doc and Isabelle when we would go to their home for a medical issue of one sort or another. Their door was always open to everyone. Isabelle was right there by Doc's side. An amazing , talented, loving person. She will be missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Debbie Whitford
Aug 30, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss
Aug 30, 2018
Ross and Debra Frisbie
Aug 29, 2018
We extend sincere sympathy to Dr. Savel, Richard and Tom and their family.
Tracy Sprague
Aug 29, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you Dr Savel and family ❤️
Marty Mischenko
Aug 29, 2018
R.I.P. my deepest condolences to everyone, she was a great lady.very talented i enjoyed our conversations at the office and was so proud of her when she got her EMT. I am thankfull to call you my friend. Marty & Debbie
Shauna Lyn
Aug 28, 2018
Isabel was a sweet, kind, funny, smart lady. I loved talking with her and listening to all the stories she had to tell about her boys. Her passions for music, cooking, and knitting were contagious. I had the pleasure of learning about cooking from her and Herb, and she taught me a few knitting tricks as well. Rest In Peace, Dear Isabel. You will be greatly missed.
paula huchro
Aug 28, 2018
Isabel was a wonderful person. She loved her sons , grandchildren and husband Dr.Savel. She would talk about them all the time. She took the time (while she was in the hospital and played the piano for some of us. You will be missed Isabel, I am thankful to say you were a friend, My thoughts to all of you for your great loss.
John & Pat Sucharski
Aug 28, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.