Gertrude Wolson Friedman, the second of three girls, was born July 15, 1927, to Hyman and Sophie Wolson in Lincolnton, Ga. As the only Jewish family in the town at the time, they soon moved to Savannah to provide for a more Jewish environment for their girls. It wasn’t long after that they moved to Atlanta and Gert completed elementary and high school.
She then married the love of her life Stanley Friedman, and they moved to New York for a very brief time. Upon their return, Gert and Stan, who were partners in life, were now partners in business, first as proprietors of Stanley’s Delicatessen on Highland Avenue for more than a decade, then in the kosher wholesale food business for more than 15 years.
Work was one thing, but her biggest pleasure was spending time with family, whether with her sisters, her cousins or grandchildren. Her one last wish was to see her grandchildren and great- grandchildren one more time. Her heart was filled with so much love for all of them that it gave in to the pressure before this could be realized.
Gert was predeceased by her parents Hyman and Sophie Wolson; husband Stanley Friedman; daughter Saundra Russo; son Glen Friedman; and sisters, Ruthie and Shirley Einhorn. She is survived by daughter Jill (Yossi) Ovadia of Atlanta; grandsons Stuart (Liza) Cristol-Deman of Moss Beach, Calif., Eitan (Cara) Ovadia of Boca Raton, Fla., Tal (Jessi) Ovadia of Jerusalem, Israel; granddaughter Shanee (Josh) Kirschenbaum of Plainview, N.Y.; and 12 great-grandchildren. Donations in Gert’s memory can be made to Congregation Beth Jacob or Weinstein Hospice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.