Betty (Friedman) Diskin, Ph.D.

  • Died: November 2, 2020
  • Location: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

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Of Mt. Lebanon, on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Resident of Concordia of South Hills. Born to the late Simon and Sara Friedman in Ridgway, PA, graduated high school in Titusville, PA. Earned a B.A. degree, Penn State University; M.A. degree, New York University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.

Beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Diskin, Esq., loving mother of the late William Stewart Diskin and the late Robert David Diskin.

Her professional career began as a teacher of speech and English in New Jersey, moved to advertising and public relations in New York City and educational director for Warner Cable Corporation in Pittsburgh. Always interested in theatre, she played the nurse in "Mr. Roberts" which opened the Craft Avenue Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. She produced and co-hosted the TV show "Twixt Twelve and Twenty" on Channel 11 with Bill Cardille.

Betty was active in local theatres including the Little Lake Theatre, Baldwin Players and the original Pittsburgh Playhouse. After retirement, she was a study group leader in the Osher Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Betty was also a long-time member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills where she established the Diskin Music Fund in memory of her husband and their two sons. Other activities included attendance and enjoyment of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and the City Theatre. She also established funds at the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

She is survived by nephew Joel Harris, Pittsburgh, PA; nieces Roberta (Richard) Handel, Williamsville, NY; Sue Breger, (late Dr. Herbert) NYC; Wendy (James) Harper, Vero Beach, FL. She was predeceased by her niece, Sherrie (Mrs. Robert) Rice.

Interment at Temple Emanuel Section of the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 10:00 am. Contributions may be made to the Diskin Music Fund, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh or to a charity of choice. Services and arrangements entrusted to WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp., 15220. www.slaterfuneral.com


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Betty was a good friend of my late father and they shared mutual interests in theatre and other subjects.

Posted by Eric Mendlow - Ny, NY - Friend   November 12, 2020

I went to live with Betty and her family when I was 17, she treated me like the daughter she never had and I loved her and considered her my second mother. I am now 72 and will miss her dearly. She meant more to me than anyone will ever know. Rest in Peace my dear Betty.

Posted by Kathie Hunnell - Washington, PA - Friend   November 11, 2020