Sara Wallach

Sara Florence Rothaus Wallach, 92, died May 20, 2011.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Wallach went to New York City at the age of 16  to attend art school and began producing art illustrations for the New York Times and Esquire Magazine. She married Albert Wallach during World War II and worked on propaganda posters. In 1947, the Wallachs moved to Superior, Ariz. Mrs. Wallach ran the library’s story hour, wrote and produced plays, designed and painted sets for the Little Theater, and won awards in local competitions for her portraits and landscapes. She maintained a Jewish home and drove her children 60 miles each way over dirt roads to attend services at a Tucson synagogue. In the early 1960s, she studied printmaking at McGill University in Montreal. The Wallachs moved to Lafayette, Calif., where Mrs. Wallach started an etching studio. In 1975, she was commissioned by the State of Pennsylvania to produce a limited edition of prints of a tolling Liberty Bell, which became the state’s official bicentennial gift. After her husband died, she moved to Tucson.
Mrs. Wallach was preceded in death by her husband, Albert. Survivors include her sons, Leslie (Susan) Wallach of Tucson, Andrew Wallach of Sacramento, Calif., and Evan (Katherine Tobin) Wallach; and one grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish community foundations in Tucson or Lafayette, Calif., or to Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.