Monday, June 7, 2010

In Memoriam - Shari Farber Tritt


It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of a member of the DMRF family, Shari Farber Tritt. Shari and her husband Ira touched the hearts of millions through the dystonia documentary film, TWISTED several years ago. For those of us who knew her, Shari was an inspiration every day. Although dystonia took much from her, she never let it defeat her. Shari had a love of life, an infectious laughter, a devotion to her family and the courage she demonstrated was a source of strength for so many in our community. Shari died on Saturday after a tragic accident in their swimming pool. She will be missed by many. Our sympathies go out to Ira, her parents, Harriett and Joel, and her sister Beth.

27 comments:

  1. My heatfelt sympathies to her family and friends. Shari was my inspiration when I saw her in the documentary TWISTED. TWISTED helped so many people living with Dystonia. She gave me the hope that I could have a full life and to feel proud of myself living with Dystonia. I'm sad at her passing.

    With sympathy,
    Susan McMillan

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  2. Shari,
    I have known you since I was twelve years old, when I became friends with Beth. This is the saddest commentary that I have ever had to write, but I have always been so proud of the person that you are and you have become. I will always remember you and will miss you forever.
    Love,
    Sheryl Jans

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  3. The loss of Shari is a loss to the entire Dystonia community. Thank you Shari for not being afraid of who you are and for sharing your story and life with the world in Twisted. We have all learned so much from your strength and example. My deepest sympathies to Shari's family, friends, and especially to Ira. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

    Sincerely,
    Joey Wilson
    Le Roy, IL

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  4. Denise, Dystonia Support Group of SpokaneJune 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    I only knew Shari through seeing her in "Twisted," but her joy in life was infectious, and her joy while living with dystonia was inspirational. I am deeply saddened by her loss, and the loss that all those who loved her must be feeling. It sounds as though, even to the end she was playing in the water and doing what she loved. I am so thankful we all had her in our lives.

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  5. Frank and Darlene LewisJune 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    In 1947, I met a young, happy-go-lucky boy with the name Joel Farber, We went through high school together. We never lost sight of each other through the years. I had the pleasure of meeting Joel wife, and their 2 daughters. I remember with fond memories the times Shari and I would spend together laughing and enjoying life. This young woman's ordeals can not truly be expressed in words as she was the light of hope and love. It is a great loss to all who knew and loved and admired Shari. Our loss is heaven's gain. R.I.P., dear, sweet Shari.

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  6. There really are no words that can describe the tremendous courage that Shari always showed to the world. Yes, a true inspiration to all who's lives she touched---so many she did not know personally.

    My heart and prayers go to Harriett, Joel and Beth for such a terrible loss in their lives and all of the years they stood behind Shari in her fight for a full life.

    This family's committment to the Dystonia Community has helped all of us.

    With love and our prayers,

    Marilyn & Jerry Wasserman

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  7. The light of love and hope is not dimmed by our loss...it shines the brighter because she lived.

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  8. allan carroll and stanley schwartzJune 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Shari was a shining and radiant light.

    She will be sorely missed but her life lesson will never be forgotten.

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  9. My sincere condolences and prayers of healing to her family.
    Shari will live on forever in all of the hearts of the people whom she touched so deeply.
    She will NEVER be forgotten, and will be greatly missed
    Many Blessings
    April Bradbury

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  10. Having known the Farber family these past many years, my wife and I have seen Shari work through the challenges of her life. Through her active work in DMRF she has provided an inspiration to may patients and their families trying to cope with Dystonia. The organazation has lost a great contributer.

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  11. To the entire Farber Family--We are so saddened to hear of your loss. I (Karyn)got close to Shari at a time when I was helping her to pursue a job with Sears. I wish I could have helped her more, but it was such a pleasure to have experienced her friendship. You are all a wonderful family and can be proud of how supportive you were and how you helped her to live a quality life.
    Our deepest condolences from our entire family. Karyn (Wilner) and Steve Brodsky, Joshua and Benjamin, Marla (Wilner) and Andy Fleishman, Abby and Lily and Otto Wilner.

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  12. TO THE ENTIRE TWITT AND FARBER FAMILY: MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES.

    ED SONKIN

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  13. My sincere sympathy to to entire family.
    Shari will be missed by many but never forotten.
    Peace, Prayers and Blessigs to all of you
    Sincerely,

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  14. Shari was a wonderful person, always happy, always smiling. My heart goes out to my cousin Ira on the loss of the love of his life. May he find consolation in his wonderful memories.

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  15. Donald and Ruby LeBlancJune 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    I have been friends with Joel and his family for many many years , I only have had the pleasure to meet Shari a couple of times .But she was the type of person you only had to meet once to understand how special she was .Although she has been called home , the love she left behind will never go away. Thank you Shari for giving so much to so many .

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  16. dear Shari thank you for being my friend,dear customer i am going to miss you,i cant stop thinking about you and it is very hard to believe you not here anymore with us......kind loving and caring F O R E V E R in my heart........will never forget Irena,Sam,Ben...

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  17. Brianna and I are deeply saddened to learn of Shari's passing. Our sincerest sympathy to Mr. & Mrs. Farber, Ira and Beth. The Dystonia Community lost a strong advocate and very courageous woman. Those of us who are touched by Dystonia know how it is a struggle everyday. Shari made it look easy when we know that it is not. Shari we will miss you.
    Linda and Brianna Tabil

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  18. Sabrina Zanella-Foresi, editor of TWISTEDJune 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

    I first met Shari at a dystonia conference with Laurel Chiten, the director of Twisted, when we were first looking for subjects of the film. We immediately honed in on Shari, because she had such joie de viere and such a great personality. And as Laurel and I began to edit the film, Shari and Ira's story really became the heart of the film.

    Shari was a bright light, and an inspiration to us all.

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  19. We are very sadden to hear about the lost of Shari, she was such a blessing to our family and a source of joy to Ruthy and I, I wish Ira,The Farber family my sympathy on the loss of a light in our midst.
    Moshe and Ruth Otero

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  20. Although I never had the chance to meet Shari, I'm sure she was a great person. I look up to her for not giving up and fighting over her illness. We share your pain, and we will never forget Shari.

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  21. Joey, Harriet, Beth and Tritt family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
    God bless you all,
    Grace Siver

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  22. Joel, Harriet, Beth and Ira,

    We were so incredibly sorry to hear about Shari. She was a true inspiration to all who knew her and she touched everyone with her laughter. Please know that our thoughts are with you in this terrible time of need.

    Faith and Joel

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  23. Shari will always be an inspiration to all with dystonia. She held God's true light in her soul. She touched so many lives and will never be forgotten. I pray for peace in the hearts of her family through their loss. If I could only pass one thing onto the family, I would like to say thank you for sharing her bright spirit with us. She was an angel who shared her light with everyone! God bless.

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  24. DEAR HARRIET, JOEL AND BETH,
    PAUL AND I WERE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR GREAT LOSS. SHARI'S LAUGHTER TOUCHED ALL WHO KNEW HER. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR MOST SINCERE SYMPATHY AND KNOW THAT OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME.
    FRAN AND PAUL BULMASH

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  25. I remember seeing a video or article or both, and her wonderful husband and all the love and support she had & her great personality. Sort of taken aback by this. my condolences to family and friends.

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  26. I had the pleasure of traveling with Shari to Israel many years ago. Her humor, her smile we stay with me forver. May her memory be a blessing to all she inspired. My condolences to her family

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  27. Dear Ira, Harriet, Joel & Beth,
    I "met" Shari & Ira & the family through the movie Twisted, which shone such a positive educational beam of light into the world of dystonia. Shari's infectious spirit, great laugh, and zest for living life to the fullest extent she was able was absolutely awe inspiring. I know you love and miss her on a deep family level, but those of us in the Dystonia community feel like we have lost a dear, courageous friend & strong advocate for our disorder. May she be dancing with God now. Love & prayers, Carol Flynn, Dystonia/ST Support Group, Fairfield, CA

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