Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Bertha (Cruvant) Newmark 1886-1978

Bertha Cruvant was born on either Sept 29, 1886, or Sept 19, 1887. (Those are the dates Rosh HaShana fell on both years, and because she was born on the Jewish holiday, that is what was remembered.) It is believed she was born in Missouri, but exact dates for immigration from Lithuania to America, and whether or not the family settled immediately in the St. Louis area, isn't certain.

Bertha married Barney Newmark on August 27, 1911.

I remember my great grandmother well, as I was 9 when she passed away. Though the years I remember her from, she was living at a retirement home confined to a wheelchair. (I would spend some time confined to the same wheelchair in 1986, my Junior year in high school, when I contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I contracted the disease after a normal flu virus.)

Bertha is buried at United Hebrew Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

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