Born July 10, 1929, Mel Gittleman died on March 3rd at age 83 after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson's disease. Survived by devoted family, wife, Chelle of 55 years; sons, Andy, Mark (Deb Oberman); daughter, Marci (Randy Blumenstein); seven adoring grandchildren, Tess and Mack Gittleman, Mara, Joshua and Sophie Blumenstein, and Sam and Isaac Gittleman. He loved, and was proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Melvin Gittleman was widely recognized as one of the visionary leaders in condominium development and management in the Twin Cities. During the 1970s and 80s, he built both luxury apartment communities and condominium developments that exemplified his vision for community living. His total commitment to quality, sophistication and hands on management was unwavering. Mel developed some of the first high rise residential buildings in downtown Minneapolis that include Loring Green East, Loring Green West and Marquette Place. In addition, Mel also built many other projects in suburban areas throughout the Twin Cities. All of the developments that he created are considered to be long term successful projects in the marketplace and are commonly referred to as "Gittleman" built buildings. As CEO of Gittleman Management, Mel routinely shared with everyone his compelling vision for community living. Through the years, he enjoyed and maintained many wonderful long term relationships that he deeply valued. In 2012, Mel was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Community Association Institute of MN for his many contributions to the association management industry and profession. He spent his life doing what he loved, developing projects and managing associations. Special thanks to caregivers Wendy and Lucretia for their devotion and loving care. Funeral services for Mel Gittleman will be held at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation located at 10500 Hillside Lane West in Minnetonka on Wednesday at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mel's honor be made to the National Parkinson Foundation of MN, 5905 Golden Valley Road, Suite 201, Golden Valley, MN 55422, or the Jewish Family and Children's Services located at 13100 Wayzata Bld., Suite 400, Minnetonka, MN 55305. SHIVA: Wed. 7PM, at the family home. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 www.hodroffepstein.com

Funeral Home

Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapels
126 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-1234

Published in Pioneer Press from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013