Gertrude E. Blair
1924 - 2015
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Gertrude E. Blair

Des Moines

Gertrude Esther Blair, 90, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center in Des Moines. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Beth El Jacob Synagogue, 954 Cummins Parkway, with burial immediately following at Jewish Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Gertrude was born September 29, 1924 in West Des Moines, Iowa, to Solomon and Fannie Brody. She was a graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines and attended Business School. Gertrude married Jack David Blair on March 21, 1948. Gertrude and Jack were partners in life and business. They owned and operated Jack Blair's Food Market for many years in East Des Moines. She was a member of Beth El Jacob Sisterhood and also volunteered at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center. Her life revolved around loving family, dear friends and Jewish life. Always gracious with a beautiful smile; Gertrude was loved and respected by all who knew her.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, Rochelle Sapot of St. Louis, MO, Diane (Larry) Morris of Atlanta, GA, Suzanne Wulff of Phoenix, AZ and Mark (Paige) Blair of Urbandale; brother, Charles (Ruth) Brody of Chicago, IL; sister, Helen (Harlan) Lekowsky of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Stacy (Eli) Abeles, Steve (Tetje) Sapot, Heather (Eli) Robbins, Bryan (Amy) Morris, Brad Wulff, Lisa Wulff, Madelyn Blair and Samuel Blair; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Jonah Abeles, Ari and Esmé Robbins, and Violet Morris; and several nieces and nephews. Gertrude was preceded into eternal life by her parents; beloved husband of 60 years, Jack Blair; brother, Harold Brody; son-in-law, Harvey Sapot; and a dear family member Helena Rawicz.

Shiva took place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, at the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center, located at 900 Polk Blvd. in Des Moines.

A special thank you to everyone at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center for their loving care and support they gave to our family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Beth El Jacob Synagogue or Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from May 19 to May 24, 2015.
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May 26, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Blair Family. May the God of all comfort (Psalms 83:18) help you during this difficult time.
May 25, 2015
Sorry for your loss. Your Mother and Father were good people and helped out many families in tough times. R.I.P Jack and Gertrude Blair. You will both be missed by many.
Fuller Family
May 22, 2015
Sorry to hear about Miss Gertrude she was a very kind and sweet lady who always had a big smile on her face even when she wasn't feeling well I will keep the family in my prayers
meme shabazz
May 21, 2015
Diane, I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She and your dad were so nice. I used to shop at their grocery store and they were always so pleasant and knew everyone by name. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ann Burr
May 20, 2015
I want to give my sympathy for your loss. This is a very difficult time to deal with. May the God of comfort be with your family during this time of sorrow. (Psalms 119:76)
May 19, 2015
Such a lovely lady who shared a wealth of happiness her entire life.
Steve Wenzl
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