Beatrice “Bea” Kay Wyse passed away on Aug. 2, 2019. She was 96 years old.
Beatrice was born in Cleveland on Oct. 6, 1922, to Rose and Louis Hollander. Other than a short period as a child when she lived in New York City, she made Cleveland her lifelong home. Beatrice graduated from Glenville High School, remaining close friends with fellow graduates throughout her life.
As a young woman, she enjoyed a secretarial position at Warner Bros., a job she often looked back on with great fondness. Later in her career, she worked as the executive assistant to Joseph Cole, former owner of the Cleveland Press and president/founder of Cole National Corporation, a prominent Cleveland company. Beatrice also served as chairperson of various fundraising committees for the American Red Cross (local chapter), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, University Hospital, the Cleveland Playhouse and the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Her first marriage was to Manley Kay. They were married on April 16, 1944 and had two daughters together, Melanie and Jamie. After Manley’s passing, she married Jack Wyse (now deceased), who brought four children into her life: Norita (deceased), Amy, Lauren and Kenneth.
Beatrice and Jack traveled the world together and maintained a very active life, full of friends and family. For a time, she contributed a column on social happenings in the Jewish community to the Cleveland Jewish News. Beatrice was always an avid reader with a keen intellect and had a lifelong love for Scrabble and crossword puzzles (always completed in ink). She also possessed a broad knowledge of and love for classic movies. Beatrice greatly admired the arts and cultural institutions of her hometown, having particular affection for the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Playhouse.
Beatrice was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and friend. In addition to her children, Melanie Kay (Andrew Ross) and Jamie Kay (Scott Gutterman), she is survived by her brother Irving Bernard Hollander, sister Rhoda Simon, sister-in-law Sheila Wyse (Marc Wyse, deceased), grandson Michael, nephew Scott Simon (Carolyn), nieces Tracy Kosman, Reverend Master Kodo Kay, Julia Hollander Campbell (Steven), Naomi Hollander (Dr. Andrew Sakiewicz) and grand-nephew and grand-niece Luca and Audrey Rose. From her second marriage, she is survived by Jack’s children, Amy Cohen, Lauren Wyse and Kenneth Wyse, as well as six grandchildren, Scott Schumann (Jodi), Kelly Styne (Nick), John Schumann (Sarah Anne), Sari Cohen (Adam Pollak), Jed Cohen (Debbie) and Andrew Cohen (Anne) and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Bea is also survived by her devoted companion and confidant, Emma Hodge.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Park East, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family at the residence of Dr. Andrew Sakiewicz and Naomi Hollander, 2873 Lee Road, Shaker Heights until 7 p.m. The family will receive visitors for shiva, also at the home of Dr. Andrew Sakiewicz and Naomi Hollander, 2873 Lee Road, Shaker Heights from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Bertram Woods Library and the Cleveland Playhouse.