Great-grandmother, fierce supporter of social justice, 97
Remembered for her generosity, kindness, intelligence, and fierce support of social justice, Gertrude Schloff, 97, beloved wife of 49 years to the late Milton Schloff, passed away on May 1, 2021, at Mattison Crossing at Manalapan Avenue in Freehold, NJ.
Born in Portland, ME, on November 28, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Max and Bessie Serulnick. She graduated from Portland High School in Maine with the class of 1941, and she was the Class Valedictorian. Gertrude and Milton moved to Maplewood, NJ, in 1947 and subsequently moved to Cranford, NJ in 1953, where they raised their 2 children, Max and Rose Laurie. They were the owners of the United Cigar Store in Roselle, NJ from 1962-1975. Thereafter, Gertrude worked as a bookkeeper for several Union County NJ businesses.
She was an active member of Hadassah for over 80 years, and she served as Vice President of its Roselle-Cranford Chapter for many years. She was an active participant in numerous activities of the Adult Enrichment Program of the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ in Scotch Plains, NJ.
She was considered to be a "guardian angel" by her many friends because of her dedication to helping people. In the late 50's and early 60's, she was part of the fair housing movement-opening up home ownership opportunities for Black Americans in Cranford, NJ. She was also in charge of registering voters at the Westfield, NJ Senior Housing Facility for the past 19 years.
She loved the USA, Israel, Judaism, butterflies, Henrietta Szold, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adlai Stevenson.
Her most memorable moments were her trip to Israel with the Hadassah Organization many years ago, attending President Franklin Roosevelt's speech in Portland, ME during the course of his final re-election campaign in 1944, and hearing John F. Kennedy's address in Newark, NJ in 1960, just prior to his election as President.
She is survived by her son, Max, his wife Barbara, her daughter Rose Laurie and her husband Eddie, her 3 granddaughters Robyn, Jamie, and Jaclyn and Jamie's husband, Liam, and her 2 great grandchildren Emma, and Dillon.
Funeral services will be held graveside at Cedar Park Beth El Cemeteries in Paramus, Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 AM.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hadassah Organization, the Jewish Community Center of Central NJ (Adult Enrichment Program) and the Jewish Family Services of Union County
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