A funeral mass for Gertrude Ida Spencer Fisher Rothenberg will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am with Rev. Joseph Moran as celebrant. Calling hours will on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Frary Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Mrs. Rothenberg passed away on June 14, 2011 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.
Mrs. Rothenberg is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Paula Ann and John A. Wallace of Ogdensburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, A. Edward and Joann Spencer of Edgewater, Maryland, and David A. and Rosemary Spencer of Beverly Hills, Florida; three grandchildren, Mrs. John (Leslie Ann) Montowski of Douglasville, PA, Matthew John Wallace of Sommerville, Mass., and Mrs. John (Melissa Ann) Little of Grand Island, Neb.; four great grandchildren, Marissa Teresa and Daniel John Montowski, Devin Spencer Tatro and Nicholas John Little; many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Mrs. Rothenberg was predeceased her husband, Abraham Rothenberg in 1992; one son, Charles Spencer Fisher in November 16, 2007 and brother and sister-in-law, Gerald A. and Clella Spencer.
Mrs. Rothenberg was born on September 28, 1925, in the town of Denmark, the daughter of Royal Reed and Pauline Anna Darab-Bigham Spencer.
She graduated from Lowville Academy, Lowville, NY with a College Entrance Diploma. She also earned letters in Field Hockey and Music. Also during her high school years, which were during World War II, she was an airplane spotter.
After graduation she furthered her education at the Watertown School of Commerce, after which she was employed at the Faichney Instrument Corporation.
She and her husband and infant son moved to Ogdensburg in 1947. Her marriage to Gradean Charles Fisher ended in divorce in 1955.
Mrs. Rothenberg was the Credit Manager at Sperling’s Inc. retail furniture store for ten years before joining the news staff at the Ogdensburg Advance-News and Journal.
In 1972, she was married to Abraham Rothenberg. After 41 years at Sperling’s, her husband retired in 1981. That fall, he opened an office and engaged in financial consulting. Mrs. Rothenberg assisted him at the office, until his death on July 26, 1992, after which the business was closed.
Mrs. Rothenberg was a Charter Member and Recording Secretary for the George Hall Elementary School Parent-Teachers Association.
Over a period of about 10 years, she was a model of Women’s fashions for participants(Friedmans, Empsall’s, The Surprise Store, and Algie’s) in the St. Lawrence County Republican Women’s sponsored Fashion Shows.
She was a Charter Member of the St. Laurettes, the auxiliary to the St. Lawrence Power Squadron, and served as First Mate and Skipper and later as Public Relations Officer and Historian. She also studied and passed the St. Lawrence Power Squadrons Seamanship and Piloting courses.
Mrs. Rothenberg had also served as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts. She was an active volunteer worker for the March of Dimes, Cancer Campaigns, Heart Campaigns, and Ogdensburg Community Players. She was a member of the March of Dimes Charity Ball Committee from 1959 to 1972. She was the recipient of a certificate of Appreciation from the New March of Dimes, National Foundation in 1964, and was awarded a pin and certificate in 1970. She was nominated for the Eighth Edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
Mrs. Rothenberg was Treasurer and then President of the Anshe Zophen Sisterhood. Later she became Treasurer for the Anshe Zophen Congregation. In August 2002, she resigned from that post and the Congregation, and returned to the Catholic Church.
She is an Honorary Member of the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Auxiliary, having participated in the auxiliary’s fund raising activities, as well as working in the auxiliary’s Gift Shop located in the hospital for many years. She was also the auxiliary’s Public Relations Chairman for about ten years and then served two terms as Recording Secretary. She was also a volunteer o f the hospital for a number of years.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice.