Shelley Etzine

Shelley Etzine (Katz)

February 22, 1958 - April 26, 2021
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    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 10:30am


Shelley Etzine (nee Katz), of Reisterstown, MD, passed away on Monday, April 26th, 2021 at the age of 63. She is survived by her loving husband Stephen Etzine, by her children Joseph (Frances) Etzine and Rebecca Etzine, and by her siblings Rosamund (Peter) Jaff, Vanessa (Derrick) Barnett, Robert (Kim) Katz, and Michael (Valarie) Katz. She was predeceased by her parents Beatrice and Gerson Katz.

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Maria Blanca

Posted at 02:11pm
Dear Shelley, I feel lucky to have known you and to have worked with you. I appreciate what you taught me and for the time we spent helping students and creating unique experiences for them at their "home away from home" called ELC. It was a time and experience I will never forget in my life. Thank you for all you did for me, the other colleagues and the students. Rest in peace.

Denise Link-Farajali

Posted at 05:29pm
Shelley and I first met in either 1992 or '94, teaching ESL to the Russian refugees at Beth Jacob in NW
Baltimore. I remember well the fruits of her earnest preparations every night, watching her lug in those huge flipboard papers to drill our beginners rain or shine. Her work ethic indeed ran through everything she did! (I can still see you, Rebecca and Joseph, as the small tikes I met at that time) I often muse over how our little world of ESL works, with my being her supervisor back in those days and later her being mine in the ELC, her second home. I can still hear Shelley giggle as I oft reminded her of that.
How she worked tirelessly for all the students, but particularly for those less fortunate, like our Russian refugees. She always lent a kind ear and a strong shoulder for those who needed to shed a tear. She was a quiet strength for so many in her role in administration and a staunch advocate for all -- both student and teacher. As a teacher, Shelley came alive in the classroom, and her students adored her.
She and I shared a love of giving parties, and she was a master! I remember her spending hours one night at home into the wee hours of the morn, preparing finger foods for a baby shower for two of our ESL staff and then spending hours on her feet to decorate the room so beautifully. I suspect she paid for it all herself to boot. It was a sight to behold.... and all the while she was fighting the biggest fight of her life. What an indomitable spirit, always giving to others.

To Steven, Joseph, and Rebecca -- all of whom I've met over the years -- I wish you peace and the ongoing knowledge that your wife and mother was beloved. She loved the three of you more than anything and spoke lovingly of your so often to me. Family was the most important thing to her. In fact, I can almost see her now in heaven, holding hands and embracing her dear parents, reunited again.

May you Rest In Peace, dear friend, knowing that you, too, were loved.


Mark McTague

Posted at 03:51pm
One’s secret heart. Who knows it? How much do we show it? All the demands of our lives, of family, friends, and work, consume so much of us and our time that the one who wakes each day, before the mantle of cares are pulled over our heads like an old sweater, often rests out of sight. Shelley and I were colleagues for many years, even sharing an office for a year or two decades ago, and through those years I caught what I took to be glimpses of that secret heart, the heart well-known to her family. The love of beauty in all its forms, compassion for those with few defenses, and a quiet refusal to be cowed by misfortune, however small or large, instead shouldering it. Those glimpses connected. She wanted beauty to be in this world, not just of the arts – painting, music, theater, and literature – but the beauty of success, of achievement, of bringing and experiencing joy in life. That’s why she worked so hard for her family and especially her students, and why her empathy went automatically to all those whose struggles kept it beyond their grasp. She wanted it within everyone’s reach, and she gave of her time and energy to make it happen. I think that’s why her dinner parties – her natural milieu – were so delightful for her students and her friends. Seeing others enjoy life, and bringing that about, seemed to animate her so. Would that more were like her.
I don’t know how much of this is my imagination, but that is what I believed about her.

Sarah Bridgett

Posted at 05:57pm
My sincere condolences to Shelley's family during this very difficult time!
I knew Shelley for a few years as my supervisor at the Towson University English Language Center! As an ESL teacher just getting started in my field, she continued to support me and give me opportunities to work and teach at the center, and I am so grateful to her for that. She was so kind to everyone and would do everything she could to support staff and students. I will always have wonderful memories of the times I spent with her and the students, including when we took students on a river tubing trip, and all of the amazing seasonal and cultural events that she worked so hard on for everyone. She was a true gem of a human being who was kind, caring, and who worked tirelessly for the English Language Center! I will try my best to live up to her dedication and passion for international students and the community. Rest in peace dear Shelley!!

Cara Aaron

Posted at 11:20pm
Dear Shelley,
With all my heart, I thank you for all of the incredible lessons that you taught and for your true and unwavering support. I treasure the memories of working with you, learning from you, and just enjoying time talking with you at the ELC; because of your generosity and willingness to take a chance on a recent college graduate, an intrinsic love for teaching ESL grew for me. So grateful to you, and I treasure the memories that we will always share. Thank you, Shelley, and sending so much love to you.

Sara Rose

Posted at 09:42pm
Dear Stephen, Rebecca, and Joe,
My deepest condolences to you and your entire family.
Shelley was my wonderful friend and colleague for almost thirty years. A dedicated and talented teacher, Shelley was always thinking of new ways to engage her students and share her love of literature and the arts with them. She truly cared for her students and would help them in any way she could. Shelley loved her work, her colleagues, and the English Language Center, which she fondly
called her second home.
Throughout the years, Shelley and I had many long talks about our families, travels, books and, of course, politics! I will never forget the time Rebecca and my daughter Meryem ( who were both small)
decided to wash the windows in their house. Shelley let them "wash" all the windows on the first floor, knowing that she would certainly have a mess to clean up afterwards. But that's who Shelley was, a person who loved and respected others and wanted the best for them.

I will never forget you, my friend. You will live on in my heart and in all the cherished memories I have of you.

Jacklyn Fisher

Posted at 03:06pm
Shelley, I will always remember you as a wonderful person and educator, and I'm so glad we were colleagues. I admire you for many reasons, but most of all for your huge heart for your students. You cared so deeply and advocated so much for TU's international community. I know your example will stay with me and I will continue to learn from you throughout my career. Thank you for many years of service!

My heart goes out to Shelley's family and loved ones. She is missed very much.

Barbara Phillips

Posted at 10:15am
Shelley, I truly miss you. I enjoyed working with you for a short time. I will always remember you fondly. You always held the students dear to your heart. Thanks for the years you gave to TU. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend. You fought hard. You will be missed by all.

Gail Gibbs

Posted at 09:27am
My sincere condolences to the Etzine family and those who loved her.

Shelley, I will always remember your incredible strength and grace, always and in whatever situation. Your sense of compassion, and the love and care you showed our students were so heartfelt. They loved you just as much in return. Being your colleague was a pleasure and those times we had more personal conversations, sharing family memories or stories of being immigrants, are treasured. You are remembered with love and respect. I will think of you fondly and often. Rest in peace.

Francine Selzer

Posted at 12:37pm
My Deepest Condolences and Sympathy to You and your Family upon Shelly Passing.

Tammi Lasky

Posted at 06:03am
Dear Stephen, Joe and Rebecca,
My condolences on your loss, and my admiration for all the love you have shown each other. I feel so privileged to have shared happy times with the Etzine family, and grateful that Joe and David became friends in 4th grade and remain close, close friends. Shelley was so remarkable - loving to her family and community, hard working, principled, idealistic, energetic, brave and kind. She loved the arts and beauty, and worked to create a home filled with love and beauty, and to bring wider horizons to her students. The love and caring shows in all of you, and will continue. I am thinking of all of you, and sending you my love.

Debbie Schwartz

Posted at 04:27pm
Steven, Joseph and Rebecca,
Please accept my deepest condolences on Shelley's passing. I so enjoyed the times I was her nurse and had the opportunity to catch up on family doings. Shelley was very dear to me and will hold a special place in my heart. May her memory be for a blessing. Hugs to you all

Mary Jo

Posted at 03:27pm
Dear Shelley:

You were such a hard worker. I remember when I first met you, you were teaching at three schools. You carried the books you needed in the trunk of your car. Even with such a frenetic schedule, you excelled. Your students adored you.

I remember what a wonderful hostess you were for English Language Center parties. You and your family (Stephen, Rebecca, and Joseph) always welcomed us. And the food! Ooh la la!

Shelley, you were always a model of fashion. Even while sick, you looked a queen.

Most of all, Shelley, I admired your valiant spirit. I will miss you.

Mary Jo

Ron, Sara and Hannah Eisenberg

Posted at 01:21pm
When our kids were in preschool together, there were many happy times with Shelly, Stephen, Rebecca and Joe. Along with the Snyder's and Cooper's, there are only fond wonderful memories. May Shelly rest in peace and be remembered as the spectacular woman that she was.

Abbie and Gary Bass

Posted at 10:05am
Dear Stephen,Rebecca, and Joe,
We are saddened to hear of Shelley's passing. Beautiful inside and out, Shelley was a bright light among humans. We have fond memories of our get togethers when our kids were younger. May you be comforted by all of the memories you shared.

beth el congregation

Posted at 07:00am

The Officers, Board of Trustees and Staff of Beth El Congregation express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our member, Shelley Etzine. May her memory be for a blessing.


Judi Snyder

Posted at 07:08pm
Shelley, you were a combination of sensibility, grace, wisdom, beauty, adventure and charm. I will always treasure the day that we met and exchanged phone numbers - nearly 35 years ago!! The rest is history. Good night, my friend. I will love you forever.

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