Estelle David Dembert
March 24, 1926 – May 7, 2018
Estelle David Dembert, 92, Rydal, passed away peacefully on Monday at the Rydal Park Joseph C. Scott Medical Center from cancer.
She was born in Newport, R.I., daughter of the late Morris and Rose David. On Dec. 25, 1945, she married LTJG Bernard “Bernie” Dembert from Altoona, at the historic Touro Synagogue, Newport, R.I. Her beloved Bernie died in 2011 after 65 years of marriage
Surviving are two sons: Mark and wife, Mary Fish, of Philadelphia and David and wife, Julie, of Baltimore, Md.; three grandsons: Michael (Sarah), Eric and Charlie; one great-grandson, Thomas; two step-grandchildren: Andrew (David) and Rachel (Nick); three step-great-granddaughters: Sadie, Ramona and Zoe; and a sister, Miriam Klein, of West Palm Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by four sisters; and two brothers.
Estelle was a 1943 graduate of Rogers High School in Newport. She worked in dental hygiene afterwards. After marriage, she and Bernie lived in California and Pennsylvania. They settled in Hollidaysburg in 1953, and then moved to Altoona in 1956, where they remained until 2010, when they moved back to Hollidaysburg. After Bernie’s death, she remained in Hollidaysburg until 2017, whereupon she relocated to Rydal to be close to her sons.
Her David family, siblings and extended family with cousins, aunts, and uncles, nephews and nieces, provided love, warmth and support to her all her life no matter where travels and moves took her. Newport remained a bedrock and a constant throughout her life; the ocean and beaches, her family, the childhood and teenage friendships, the other large and close families in the Newport community at large, Newport’s history and the Navy all were part of the fabric of her life through the years.
Estelle was a cherished member of the immediate and extended Dembert family in Central Pennsylvania and elsewhere since the 1950s. She was a vibrant, outgoing and involved member of the community social, business, religious, arts and culture and athletic life for all her years there. She was introduced to Penn State by Bernie in the 1950s and enthusiastically participated in PSU football, academic and social events affiliated with the college, and she adored State College.
Her vivaciousness and zest for local life were hallmarks of her connectivity. She can best be remembered by her impact on hundreds of enduring close friendships she formed and maintained with individuals, families, businesses and organizations, from all walks of life and ages. She loved being part of activities of her friends’ children’s lives and enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments.
She was an active member and supporter of Temple Beth Israel and the Jewish community for all of her Altoona life.
Estelle was a devoted daughter, sister, and niece to her David family all of her years. She was also a devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother to the Dembert and David families throughout her life.
She was an avid reader and supporter of the Altoona Area Public Library. She loved reading to groups of children through literacy programs. Estelle especially enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, playing golf, cooking, hosting dinners and lunches, and spending time with families and friends. She loved traveling, and trips to Newport were special.
Friends will be received from 10:30 until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Temple Beth Israel, Altoona, Rabbi Audrey Korotkin officiating. Interment will be at Mount Sinai Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements are by the E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Estelle’s memory to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or to the American Cancer Society, through its website, cancer.org