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Of Blessed Memory: Gerie Richman

Gertrude (Gerie) Richman, formerly of Tucson, passed away on October 4, 2023, at the age of 101. She lived the last six years of her life near her family in Boulder, Colo.

Gerie was born on July 14, 1922, in New York City. She lived in West Aliquippa, Pa. from the age of one year until the age of 10 when her family moved back to New York during the depression. She attended City College of New York, and then graduated from the New York University Business College. She worked for the private sector for a while and then worked for the government and almost every branch of the military service as an Executive Secretary in the United States as well as the Azores, Portugal.  After returning to the states, she was employed as secretary to several rabbis in Satellite Beach, Fla.

Gerie met her husband Bob in 1940, and after he returned from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Oahu, they married and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1993. Sadly, Bob passed away just five months later.

Gerie was a member of Temple Emanuel since 1980, when she and her husband Bob arrived in Tucson. She was always active in both the local and Jewish community. She was past president of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El in Satellite Beach, as well as past president of Ramah Hadassah in Tucson, of which she was a life member.

Gerie is survived by four sons, Dr. Michael (Janis) Richman of Scottsdale, Dr. Stephen (Sally) Richman of Tucson, George (Laetitia) Richman of Boulder, Colo. and Arthur Richman of Pasadena, Calif.; six grandchildren, Lauren, Lisa, Jamie, Erin, Rachel, and Ben; five great grandchildren, Cole, Cameron, Ryan, Jason, and Rachel; and brother Jack Streifer of Toms River, N.J.

Gerie was a remarkable and loving mother, grandmother and friend. She had a heart of gold and was generous to a fault. She was a talented crafts person, cook and hostess. Dancing and music were her passions. She enjoyed the game of Mah Jongg which she played several times a week well into her late 90s.

Since March 2020, she lived at a beautiful independent living community in Broomfield, Colo. where she made many good friends who were in awe of her longevity, her spunk and her lack of wrinkles. They always wanted to know her secrets which will remain an unsolved mystery.

She was happiest when she could spend time with her family, friends and grandchildren.

Gerie made an impact on so many and she will be sorely missed.