Minnie Gertz


Gertz, Minnie, 97, died Sunday, February 14, 2021 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 9 years, previously living in Cranston. A published poet, Minnie was also a founder of Temple Sinai in Cranston and a graduate of URI, earning a bachelor’s degree.

Devoted mother of Francine Gertz and her husband, Burt Strom, of Wakefield, RI, Bruce Gertz and his wife, Roberta, of Melrose, MA, Susan Gertz of Stamford, CT, Carol Gertz and her husband, David Blumenstock, of Westford, MA and Lucille Gertz and her late husband, Larry Pottebaum, of Maynard, MA. Dear sister of the late Beatrice, Ruth, Evelyn, Abe, Barney, Irving, William, and David. Loving grandmother of Annalee and her husband Hackie, Ruby, Rachel, Willow, Eva, Joshua, Autumn, Stephanie, and Benjamin. Cherished great grandmother of Oliver, Isaac, Raelyn, and the late Maya.

Funeral services were be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please Click Here to view a recording of the service.



  1. Candy Sutker
    Feb 15, 2021

    Dear Susan and Family
    So sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you

  2. Patricia Pflaumer
    Feb 15, 2021

    Dear Carol and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you mother. I loved to hear stories of her writing poetry. The loss of a mother is a hard hole to fill. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

  3. David Smidl
    Feb 16, 2021

    Susan, As I read about your mom I couldn’t help notice what a remarkable person she was a what a full life she had. Unbelievable, A poet, a great grandmother, a degree and married for over 60 years. Wow that is something. What a mom she must have been and a friend to so many others. I hope you can find peace during this difficult time. I will be praying for you and your family. May God provide you strength and encouragement as you face the days ahead Sincerely, your friend David Smidl.

  4. Alfred Masciarelli
    Feb 16, 2021

    Lucille and Family My Deepest Condolences, I met you many times at the store in Cranston I was in the service business. Your Father and Babe were a tremendous help to me and you were always so nice.

  5. Ronald S Kahn
    Feb 16, 2021

    Dear Francine and family of Minnie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom, Mae (WOOLF) Kahn who passed away a couple years ago was a dearest childhood friend of your Mom and Dad They graduated together from Hope High, were friends over the many years in Cranston. Your Mom later warmly welcomed them to Tamarisk and made my Mom and Dad’s transition much easier. I was fortunate to see Minnie’s bright warm welcoming smile and greeting to them over their many days at Tamarisk together. Our family’s thoughts are with all of you.
    Ron Kahn

  6. Francine Abrams Vinacco
    Feb 16, 2021

    Dear Francine & Family,

    So very sorry to read the passing of your Mother.
    I’m sure she will always be your side.


  7. Kirk Arnold
    Feb 16, 2021

    Susan & Family,
    Best wishes for finding comfort within fond memories among family & friends.
    God Bless,

  8. Vivian Papa
    Feb 16, 2021

    Dear Susan and family
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your cherished mother. Over the years, I have heard you talk about her with love and admiration. Having been blessed with a loving and supportive mother makes the goodbye even more difficult. May you and your family be comforted by your many happy memories of your dear mother .
    Thinking of you. Fondly, Vivian and Tom Papa

  9. Jerry Bergonzi
    Feb 17, 2021

    We are fortunate to have met Minnie through our friendship with Bruce, she exuded warmth and love. Our deepest sympathies for your loss, Jeri and Jerry Bergonzi

  10. Michael Davis
    Feb 18, 2021

    My sympathies to the whole family.
    Mrs Gertz was granted a long and wonderful life, and will always be remembered for her sweet and lovely nature.
    So sorry

  11. Harriet Sollosy Slatin
    Feb 18, 2021

    To Minnie’s Beautiful Family
    When your parents moved to Tamarisk they were seated at the table with my mother Gladys Sollosy. I was visiting at the time from Israel where I live with my family. It was wonderful to meet those of you who (or whom!!) were assisting them in acclimating to the new surroundings. As your father became ill and passed away my mother continued to enjoy your mother’s pleasant company.
    I just “attended” Minnie’s funeral through zoom. I laughed and cried along with each of you as you eloquently portrayed her illustrious life and how you each flourish through her love and personal example. Enjoy the gift of family that your parents blessed you with and continue to share your wonderful memories.
    May the Omnipresent console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
    With Love and admiration,
    Harriet Sollosy Slatin

  12. Beth Gandelman
    Feb 19, 2021

    I’ve known Minnie since Carol and I became friends at 10 years old and she was always so sweet and kind. I loved her corny jokes–especially that “Ray scared the witz” out of her –going from Gurwitz to Gertz! She always made everyone feel so comfortable in her home and was the ideal Mom. I know she loved being a wife and mother and she will be greatly missed. I’m sure she is with Ray now, smiling and telling her corny jokes and reciting poetry. She still lives in the hearts of those who cherish her memory. She lives on in all of her children forever.

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