Minnie Gertz, 97

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WARWICK, R.I. – Minnie Gertz died Feb. 14 at Tamarisk. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond A. Gertz for 63 years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Harry and Fanny (Blazer) Gurwitz, she had lived in Warwick for nine years, previously living in Cranston. A published poet, Minnie was also a founder of Temple Sinai in Cranston and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, earning a bachelor’s degree.

She was the devoted mother of Francine Gertz and her husband Burt Strom, of Wakefield; Bruce Gertz and his wife Roberta, of Melrose, Massachusetts; Susan Gertz of Stamford, Connecticut; Carol Gertz and her husband David Blumenstock, of Westford, Massachusetts; and Lucille Gertz and her late husband Larry Pottebaum, of Maynard, Massachusetts. She was the dear sister of the late Beatrice, Ruth, Evelyn, Abe, Barney, Irving, William and David. She was the loving grandmother of Annalee and her husband, Hackie, Ruby, Rachel, Willow, Eva, Joshua, Autumn, Stephanie and Benjamin. She was the cherished great-grandmother of Oliver, Isaac, Raelyn and the late Maya.