LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Gertrude Weiner, 96, passed away peacefully at Heritage Manor Thursday evening, Sept. 5, 2012. .
Gertrude was born Jan. 16, 1916, in Struthers, Ohio the youngest child of Ben and Rose (Turkus) Shwartz.
She grew up with a sister, Dorothy (Morris Lockshin) and brother David (Esther).
Gertrude graduated from Struthers High School in the midst of the Depression and attended Ohio University for three years, leaving school when she married.
Gertrude married Dr. Samuel Epstein, with whom she had two children, Gail (Dr. Paul Silverstein) and Atty. Bruce (Suzyn Schwebel) Epstein. They resided in Youngstown, Ohio.
Following the death of her husband, she resumed her education in the mid 1960s, obtaining her degree from Youngstown University, where she was on the Dean’s list each quarter. Subsequently, she married Atty. Allen D. Keller, father of Dr. Frank (Rosette) Keller and Dr. Fred (Annette) Keller.
Allen and she resided in Ellwood City, Pa. and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Later, after Allen’s death, she married Phillip Weiner, father of Sandra (Rabbi Jim Apple, Capt. U.S. Navy retired) and Nancy (Larry Garber).
Gertrude and Phil lived in New Castle, Pa., where he remained active as a CPA until his death. She then returned to Youngstown.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her spouses; parents; siblings; daughter Gail; and grandson Jeremy.
She is survived by her son; stepchildren; grandson Seth (Beth); stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews with whom she was very close.
She lived a full active life. Gertrude was a movie fan from the time she attended Saturday matinees with her father in the 1920s. She was passionate about reading, was an avid Bridge player, and traveled extensively in the United States and internationally. She loved to entertain and was an accomplished cook and hostess.
Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. today at the Rodef Sholom Chapel at Tod Cemetery, with the family accepting friends one half hour prior to the service.
She was a lifelong member of Congregation Rodef Sholom
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the full staff at Heritage Manor for their care and compassion during her six years as a resident.
Material contribution are requested to Heritage Manor, Congregation Rodef Sholom, or the donor’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home