FALL RIVER, MASS. – Pearl Gerstenzang Markell passed away on Oct. 20. Known to her friends by the name Penny, she was the wife of the late Edward Markell. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Jan 10, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Rebecca (Blume) Gerstenzang. She was a long-time resident of Fall River, Mass.
She is survived by a sister, Sylvia Gerstenzang Gilson, and a brother, Burton M. Gerstenzang. She had two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She graduated from New Bedford High School with honors and from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in speech and drama. She was active in the Fall River Theatre Group. She had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of the Fall River Temple Beth El choir for many years. She provided entertainment for many local groups. She also played the piano and was an avid reader.
Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Temple Beth El in Fall River, Mass. 02720.