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Deceased Name: Goldie Gershgol

MN United States


Goldie Gershgol of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on Jan. 25, 2007, just two months after celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born in Poltova in The Ukraine and came to America when she was about seven years old, growing up in St Paul. Prior to moving to Florida in the late-60s, she had been a recognized leader in the Duluth Jewish community starting shortly after her arrival in 1929, when she was brought to Duluth as the bride of Joseph E. Gershgol. Soon after being put to work as a clerk in the family grocery store, her father-in-law asked her to be, then told her that she was going to be the leader of a new troop of Jewish Girl Scouts. Goldie took the girls into her care and was a mentor to each for decades afterwards. One of the scouts, Trudy Davis, spoke later of she, herself, having mentored a girl, much in the same way that Goldie had taken care of her. She said that she received a Mother's Day card from the girl one year that said, 'Thanks for being a Mrs. Gershgol to me'. In the many Jewish and community organizations that Mrs. Gershgol became involved, she almost always found herself in a leadership position, locally, statewide and regionally. To mention some: Hadassah, Federation and The Roundtable of Christians and Jews. While raising four daughters she still seemed to have boundless energy and availability for everyone and every cause. While her children were young she put away her tennis racket, and when more time opened up for her, she took up golf, winning numerous trophies and medals. Her interest and great talent as a cook brought her to teaching young Jewish wives the tricks of cooking for Passover every year. She also took on teaching bridge to the high school graduates among her daughters' friends in preparation for their going off to college. While still in Duluth, Mrs. Gershgol began work with glass beads, inventing new flowers and shapes. She also experimented in combining beads with needlework, creating a floral work that won a prize in the Minnesota State Fair. Goldie Gershgol is survived by her daughters, Beverly Smit, Tami Fox, Penny Frank and Jill Horowitz; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom deeply miss her.


Duluth News-Tribune (MN)

Date: February 18, 2007




Deceased Name: Gershgol , Goldie

Gershgol, Goldie, 100, of Lauderhill, FL passed away January 25, 2007. Star of David Cemetery and Funeral Home, North Lauderdale.*


South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Date: January 28, 2007




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