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Charlotte Perl Kruman

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Charlotte Perl Kruman


Charlotte Perl Kruman, April 21, 1925 - December 17, 2016, Charlotte Perl Kruman was born in Jersey City, NJ on April 21, 1925. After graduating from Clifton High School in 1942, she attended NYU, where she studied theater and music. Her love of the arts brought her joy throughout her lifetime. Upon her college graduation, Charlotte embarked on a career as a model and actress in New York. She was a model in one of the first TV commercials filmed at Wanamaker Studios, and she appeared in the film "GI Bill of Rights" which was shown to WWII veterans to ensure they were aware of their opportunity to pursue higher education. Both her husband and brother completed their college educations on the GI Bill, after their service in WWII. When Charlotte encountered an opportunity to make a positive impact on her community, she took action with passion and enthusiasm. She served on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the Mental Health Association, as well as serving as president of Deal Hadassah. Charlotte was co-founder and first co-president of the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, co-founder and first secretary of the Children's Psychiatric Center, and she and her husband were co-founders of the Monmouth Museum at Brookdale Community College. She shared her love of the arts with her community by serving as a co-producer for the Deal Summer Musicals. Charlotte was dedicated to ensuring her voice was heard by those with political power and those with the power of the press. She and several like-minded friends formed a group, they aptly named "Power Pens." The group met on a monthly basis, and wrote letters to politicians and newspaper editors expressing their views on topics they felt passionately about, such as ensuring continued government funding of Planned Parenthood. Charlotte will be remembered by those closest to her for her limitless love for her family and friends, and her unwavering devotion to supporting social causes that were near to her heart.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Daniel Kruman, who passed away in 1989. Charlotte will be interred next to her beloved husband at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Charlotte is survived by her four children: Toni Kruman Zaro, Glen Kruman, Robert Kruman, and Kim Newman; seven grandchildren: David Zaro, Jason Zaro, Steven Zaro, Nicole Kruman, Joseph Kruman, Daniel Newman, and Marissa Newman; and two great-grandchildren: Nathan Zaro and Julie Zaro.

There will be a private service for immediate family.

Shiva was held at the home of Charlotte Kruman on December 19, 6:00PM to 9:00PM, and December 20, 6:00PM to 9:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable contribution to Planned Parenthood or the Mental Health Association in NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 21, 2016
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