In 1955, she married Al Lerner. They were married for 47 years and had two children, Business executive Randy Lerner, and Nancy Lerner. The Lerners were members of Temple Tifereth-Israel in Cleveland. Lerner is widowed, and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
From 2006 to 2011, she was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and a member of its executive committee.