Sheldon "Shelly" Gitman

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August 2, 2013

Sheldon "Shelly" Gitman, 84, of North Manheim Township, passed away Friday in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 27, 1929, he was a son of the late Max and Rose Schriftman Gitman.

He is a graduate of New York University Arts College and proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Sheldon is a member of Oheb Zedeck Synagogue, Pottsville, where he was a member of the building committee.

He was an avid clay target shooter and the captain of the Maccabi Shooting Team and competed in the Maccabia (The Israel Olympics).

Sheldon and his twin brother, Alfred, were extremely close and did everything together from childhood on.

In 1950, he and his brother entered into the family business, the Ashland Shirt Company, which was started by their father. The company eventually became known as Gitman Brothers, which was the first air-conditioned factory in Schuylkill County. They started with 125 employees and grew to 300 employees and seven salesmen nationally by 1995 when Sheldon retired.

In addition to his parents, Sheldon was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Leo Gitman.

Sheldon is survived by his wife, Doris M. Reider, to whom he was married for 50 years; four children, David Aaron Gitman, Johnsonville, N.Y.; Mitchell Max Gitman, Seattle, Wash.; Claudia, wife of Christopher Johnsen, Springfiled, Mass.; Gabriel Gitman, Gaithersburg, Md.; grandchildren, Freya, Signy, Brynja, Marcus and Brian; twin brother, Alfred Gitman; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oheb Zedeck Cemetery, Pottsville, with Rabbi Melody Davis officiating. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 3, 2013
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