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Gerda SMITH


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Gerda SMITH Obituary
SMITH, Gerda L. Gerda Leone Suesskind Smith, Atlanta, age 91, passed away August 31, 2017 from complications related to Alzheimer's. She was born May 20, 1926 in Berlin Germany. In 1938, at age 12, Gerda left Nazi Germany in a remarkable escape with her parents to settle in Newark, New Jersey. She later attended Ohio State University where she met the love of her life, Morton Smith, whom she married in 1947. After having three children, they made it a priority to host frequent family gatherings which became highly anticipated and beloved annual events: August in Wellfleet Massachusetts, May in Stowe Vermont, and winters in Longboat Key Florida. Gerda was an accomplished bridge player accumulating master points, an active member in a wide variety of civic organizations including ORT and the Council of Jewish Women, and renowned for her cooking and entertaining expertise including table settings, floral arrangements, and culinary works of art. Her flourless chocolate cake decorated with exquisite chocolate ribbons was particularly popular. In response to a demand for her services, Gerda began a successful catering company at age 50 and frequently worked from dawn to late night in the kitchen. Her quick wit, love of beauty, and strength of character will be sorely missed. Along with her cherished husband of seventy years, Gerda is survived by her children, Leslie Corris (Edward), Cindy Smith (Lauren Levin), and Neal Smith (Susan Margolin) as well as four grandchildren, Jennifer Corris, Tracy Kruehoeffer (Walter), Jeremy Smith, and Gabrielle Smith. Sign online guest book at www.edressler.com. The family especially thanks Pat and Janelle Thompson as well as the Safe Haven staff for their dedicated care. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Mort and Gerda Smith Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Ohio. The funeral will be a private ceremony for family only with arrangements by Dressler Funeral Home, Atlanta (770)451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2017
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