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Sharon L. As​h, 63, Communal Activist and Longtime HIAS Board Member Who Battled Cancer Twice

November 13, 2008
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Sharon Lieberman Ash, 63, who was active in the Jewish community, died Oct. 20 at her home in Bryn Mawr.

Ash graduated from Germantown High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University, and a master's degree in counseling and gerontology from Villanova University.

She was a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia for 25 years and was the society's president from 1999 to 2001. Since then, she had co-chaired its fundraising campaign.

Ash was an active fundraiser for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which presented her with its Young Adult Award in the 1970s.

She and her husband, Frank Ash, also were honored for their service to State of Israel Bonds.

During the 1980s, Ash was coordinator of the adult studies program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Philadelphia. She organized a curriculum of 100 courses for seniors in subjects ranging from cultural anthropology to bridge.

Recently, Ash volunteered for the Read America Program at Penn Wynne Elementary School. She kept in contact with many of the children.

A champion bridge player, Ash and her husband played together at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.

Ash battled tongue cancer at age 32. She was determined to battle brain cancer after she was diagnosed 16 months ago. Though she became increasingly ill, she never stopped extending herself for family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Ash is survived by sons Ian Ash and Eric Ash; sister Elaine Lee; and three grandchildren.

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