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Rene Wisch, co-founder of the Texas Jewish Post, dies

(JTA) — Irene Gladys “Rene” Wisch, the co-founder with her late husband of the Texas Jewish Post, has died.

Wisch died Monday at her home in Fort Worth. She was 88.

Wisch and her husband of 56 years, the late Jimmy Wisch, founded the Texas Jewish Post in 1946. In 2002, with the death of her husband, she became the editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper, for which she wrote two weekly columns.

She worked at the newspaper alongside her youngest daughter, Sharon Wisch-Ray, and eldest granddaughter, Amy Davidsohn Doty.

Wisch was the president of the local chapter of Women in Communications, where she coordinated the organization’s annual celebrity breakfast, hosting and entertaining such notables as the former first lady of Texas, Nellie Connally;  the psychic Jeanne Dixon; journalist Barbara Walters; Washington hostess Perle Mesta; Liz Carpenter, the press secretary to the former first lady Lady Bird Johnson; and many others.

Active in Jewish causes, Wisch was a life member of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, B’nai B’rith, Jewish Women International and the Lion of Judah Society of The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

 

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