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Libby Gersowitz

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Gersowitz, Libby ALBANY Libby (Levine) Gersowitz, 97, a lifelong Albany resident and resident of Highland Beach, Fla., passed away on August 8, 2014 at home in Albany. Libby was born and raised in Albany's South End and graduated from Philip Schuyler High School. Libby worked in her family's news store and, among other duties, she translated Yiddish to English for the customers. She was a World War II bride and traveled with her newlywed husband, Ruben, as he was stationed in various locales for basic training before he headed off to join the European campaign. Libby also worked at her husband's family-run business, Williams Department Store, before she took a hiatus to raise four children. In the 1970s, Libby returned to the workforce as a sales associate at Penny's Department Store in Latham and then at the New York State Higher Education Tuition Assistance Program, where she helped college students apply for financial aid. Thereafter, Libby continued to enjoy her time working with college students at the SUNY at Albany library. Libby was an active member and recording secretary of the UOTS United Order True Sisters, Abigail 3, a philanthropic organization devoted to those battling breast cancer. In addition to enjoying her work with young people, Libby's joys were her husband, Ruben Gersowitz, who predeceased her; her son, Stephen (Helena) of New York City; daughter, Mardi Dana of Massachusetts; daughter, Sandra of Albany; and son, Edward of New York City. She is also survived by grandchildren, Erica (Kagiso), Elliott (Sarah) of New York City, Natalie Malatz (David) of Arizona and Nathan Dana of Israel; and by her great-granddaughter, Fiona Gersowitz, and by many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Joanne Quant and Alisia Roberts for the devoted care. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave., Albany. Interment will follow in the Independent Benevolent Cemetery, Guilderland. A period of mourning will be observed at 235 Tampa Ave., Albany, on Monday, August 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations, by those who wish, may be made to the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson St., Denver CO 80206 or to a . For directions, or to leave an online condolence message for the family, visit

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Levine Memorial Chapel Inc
649 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12206
(518) 438-1002
Published in Albany Times Union from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014
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