Trietsch passed away in July, 2000, a victim of metastatic breast
cancer. This page is designed to introduce the world to a woman
whose loss is still felt deeply by all who knew her.
Batia worked in programming and data
management at a not-for-profit organization known as Public/Private
Ventures until her death in July, 2000. She was also an amateur
actress, a talented (though untrained) singer, and a witty conversationalist.
Always the life of the party, always ready with an insightful
comment, Batia was also a sympathetic listener and a wonderful
shoulder to lean on.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1946, Batia Oleshnik
grew up in the intense atmosphere of a nation almost constantly
under the threat of war. She was active in a variety of youth
movements, and, like all of her generation, enlisted in the Israeli
Army. A friend introduced her to Dov Trietsch when she was 19.
She and Dov soon fell in love, and were married in 1967. They
had their first (and only) child, Irith, in 1969. Soon after,
Dov Trietsch was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania's
Moore School of Engineering (now the University of Pennsylvania
School of Engineering), so the family moved to Philadelphia. The
next three decades saw Dov, Batia, and Irith flying back and forth
between Israel and the United States frequently. Batia never lost
sight of her abiding love for Israel, but over time she developed
deep connections to her adopted home as well.
Batia was first diagnosed with breast
cancer in September, 1997. After chemotherapy and radiation treatment,
she went into remission, but the cancer re-emerged in March, 2000.
She passed away on July 7, 2000. Her funeral was very well attended,
and many friends and family mourn her loss.
The Kyle Kravitz Annex
Trietsch is buried in the same cemetery as (and in fact, within
sight of the grave of) Irith's childhood and adulthood friend
Kyle Kravitz. He
also died of cancer, though he passed away much younger than Batia.
Kyle died March 8, 1996, at the Albert
Einstein Medical Center, of complications of a malignant bone
tumor. He was only 26, and at the start of what promised to be
a wonderful career as an attorney at Duane, Morris & Heckscher,
a Philadelphia law firm.
Kyle and Irith first met and became
friends when they were in Myers Elementary School. They suffered
through Elkins Park Middle School together, and then shared a
rewarding high school experience at Cheltenham High School. When
Irith enrolled at Penn, Kyle enrolled at Haverford College. Since
Penn was not too far away, they managed to see each other frequently.
After graduation, Irith moved to Japan and Kyle moved on to Villanova
Law School and the beginnings of a successful law career, but
they stayed close despite the demands of their lives and the great
physical distance between them.
Learning of Kyle's death was a great
blow to all who knew him. His friends and family will never stop
For more information on the early
detection and prevention of cancer, check out the American
Cancer Society web site , or the National
Cancer Institute's web site . To make a donation to breast
cancer research, buy "'breast
cancer awareness" stamps at your local post office ,
or click here
for information on the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer"
program. Click here
for more information from the American Cancer Society on how to
contribute to cancer research in general.