Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
Long-time former Great Neck resident Gertrude L. Alper, 102, passed away peacefully at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Born in New York City on Jan. 3, 1911, she was the daughter of Robert and Anna (Diamond) Landman.
Gertrude was a New Yorker for 100 years before moving to Bloomington to be close to her daughter. She was a wonderful homemaker, an avid reader, a longtime volunteer at North Shore Hospital, a canasta and bridge player, an accomplished knitter and a pianist who could play most tunes by ear.
Her greatest gift was as a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, beloved by her family and numerous friends. Gertrude was remarkably independent well into her 90s. She was preceded in death by her husband George (1975), brothers Lee and David Landman and daughter-in-law Bryna C. Alper.
She is survived by her daughter Wendy A. Rubin (Richard), son Peter Alper (Margie), granddaughter Elizabeth R. Walter (Hank), grandson Peter Rubin (Kelli), granddaughter Mara A. Hochberg (Ben), grandson David Alper (Celine), seven great-grandchildren (including two sets of twins), Aliya, Ben and Maya Walter, Jonah, Matthew and Eli Hochberg, and Eliana Alper, sister-in-law Joan Landman, and nephews Wayne and Bruce Landman and their wives and children.
The family wishes to thank Bell Trace Health and Living Center for their extraordinary and compassionate care. Gertrude adored the staff in nursing, recreation therapy, housekeeping, dining services and administration. The Bell Trace Family were her darlings.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Allen Funeral Home. There will be no service. A private family celebration of Gertrude's life will take place at a later date. The family wishes any donations be made to the North Shore University Hospital Stroke Club."