Alfred M. Gerstman (“Al”) a long-time resident of Mountaindale, NY, passed away on December 3, 2019, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Al was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1932 to A. William and Mary Gerstman. The family moved to Mountaindale when Al was a child. Throughout his life, Al loved Sullivan County and actively participated in community affairs. He was a past president of the Mountaindale Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Fallsburg Councilman, Assistant County Attorney and past–president of the Sullivan County Bar Association. He also was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge.
Like his father, Al went to Brooklyn Law School and practiced law in Sullivan County. While in law school, Al met and then married the love of his life, Harriet. The couple recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. After his time in the army, Al and Harriet returned to Mountaindale to raise their family. Al practiced law in Mountaindale and Woodridge and then in Monticello for over 50 years.
In retirement, Al and Harriet spent much of their time in South Florida, although they returned to their home in Mountaindale each summer. Al enjoyed Florida even though he never went into the pool or ocean, didn’t like the sand and sunburned easily. He did, however, like to play poker around the pool and especially enjoyed visiting with friends from Sullivan County.
Al is survived by his wife Harriet, his children Gary, Peter (Renee), Nancy (John), grandchildren Jeremy (Sharon) and Madeline and sister Sylvia.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701. Burial will immediately follow at the Hebrew Congregation of Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery, Marsh Road in Glen Wild with full military honors.
The family requests donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home - Monticello; “Honorably Serving the Tri-County Jewish Community for 70 Years” 845-794-7474 or www.josephngarlickfuneralhome.com.
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