In her 85th year, on Monday, January 5, 2004; beloved wife of the late Murray "Mike" Aschkenas; beloved mother of Bernard Aschkenas of Mill Valley, CA and David Aschkenas and his wife Becky of Pittsburgh; beloved grandmother of Meyer and Morris Aschkenas of Pittsburgh and Lea Aschkenas of Sausalito, CA; beloved sister of Leona Liptz and Arnold Fine and his wife Edith of Woodmere, NY. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Minerva was preceded in death by her beloved parents Morris and Beatrice (Goldsmith) Fine. Minerva was born July 14, 1918 in the Bronx, NY. At the time her father, Morris, lay gravely wounded on a battlefield in France, according to family legend, General Pershing himself sheltered the infant Minerva in his overcoat. He had encountered her and her mother as they struggled against winter winds to reach the military hospital at Fort Dix, NJ where her severely injured father was being treated. Her father recovered from his wounds and Minerva and her sister and brother had a blissful childhood in a Bronx home filled with love. She had many happy memories of summers spent at Far Rockaway Beach. Minerva was always an excellent student. She completed high school with a concentration in secretarial studies, and was employed in the jewelry trade in NYC. She met her husband Mike at a New Year's Eve party. It was love at first sight. They were married on June 8, 1940 in NYC. When the war broke out, Mike entered the U.S. Calvary. Minerva joined him at Fort Riley, KS, where he was stationed as a cook. At war's end, they returned to NYC, where Bernard was born in 1947. The family came to Pittsburgh in 1949, settling in Highland Park. Son David was born during the blizzard on 1951. Minerva was a devoted mother who always put her children first. Her sons had a love filled childhood with their Aunt Leona, Uncle Milton and cousins Phyllis and Debbie Liptz nearby. Minerva returned to work in the late 1950's as a secretary for the Pittsburgh Board of Education. She had wonderful memories of her years as secretary to Dr. Helen Faison at Fifth Avenue High School. She later served as executive secretary in the Division of OVT, for Fred Monaco and Robert Lamping. She retired in 1980. Minerva was a past member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and a lifetime member of the American Israeli Lighthouse. In the last years of her life she had lived at the Riverview Apartments and the Charles M. Morris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She had many loving caregivers there, especially Eric. Her dear friend Margie Ferson was with her at her death. Friends may call on Tuesday from 12 Noon to 1 PM at H. SAMSON, INC. 537 N. Neville Street, Oakland. A graveside service and interment to follow Adath Jeshurun Cemetery at 1:30 PM.
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