In Memorial

Lydia Reich

Date of Death: January 1st, 2021
17 Tevet 5781


Lydia Reich, nee Rychner, age 93, beloved wife of the late Jacob "Jack" for 67 wonderful years; loving mother of Jeanie (Don) Blum, Joe (Kim) Reich, Belle (Ron) Kolman and Cindy (the late Lee) Masover; proud and loving grandmother of Adam (Amanda), Ben, Nicole (Jeff), Carly, Zach, Samantha and Alex; great-grandmother of Jacob; beloved daughter of the late David and Genia Rychner (who were taken in the Holocaust); dearest sister of the late Pinkus Rychner (who was taken in the Holocaust), the late Max (Ilse) Rychner, the late Zigfried "Shaj" (Rita) Rychner, the late Esther "Ella" Rychner and Cacilia "Cilly" Rychner (both of whom were taken in the Holocaust); adored by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lydia was a published author and was a poet on the Holocaust. Her larger than life personality and contagious laugh will be greatly missed. Private service and shiva. Interment Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. ( To leave condolences and for information, including link to view service: (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Monday, January 4th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access - Shalom Memorial Park

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Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

Shiva Information

Private Shiva

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW
Washington, D.C.

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Guest Book & Memories

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January 4th, 2021

I read her book which totally left me so sad about her holocaust experience. Her daughter Jeanie has talked about her mother many times over the years. I loved her spirit and admired her strength.

~Jeanie is my sister-in-law, Manteca,Ca.

January 4th, 2021

To Lydia's children:
Jeanie, Joey, Belle, Cindy and your wonderful spouses and children I want to tell you how sorry I am at the passing of your Mother. She was a strong presence in my life from the first time Dan took me to her and your home on I believe Kimball Ave. in Chicago. She was warm and friendly with a beautiful smile. She was very welcoming to me. She was a home for Dan and Gad and she made room for me too.

I know the last years were not easy for you but you were blessed to have her and your beloved Dad, Yaacov in your lives for so long.

You are now the generation that needs to keep the family together! I hope we will find joyous times as well as these sad times together,

~rosette strubel
~cousin, wilmette

January 3rd, 2021

There was a space in time when she and I spent countless hours on the telephone. During these years, I got to know a beautiful spirit, someone I called a sweet angel. Had the opportunity to meet Mr & Mrs Reich on a quick trip to Chicago once. Our conversations lasted years, until I was not able to understand the German language she spoke only. My love and admiration never wavered. I have called her a phenomenal woman, from the poem by Maya Angelou. To my friend Lydia I share another poem from Ms. Angelou, “ I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel...” Farewell, Mrs Lydia Reich you will be missed!

~Markutter McIntosh
~Friend/Admirer, Texas


Yahrzeit Dates For Lydia Reich

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
17th of Tevet 578212/21/2021
17th of Tevet 57831/10/2023
17th of Tevet 578412/29/2023
17th of Tevet 57851/17/2025
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