Elza Meyers Alterman

  • Born: January 3, 1923
  • Died: November 11, 2018
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Elza Meyers Alterman, 95, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of David E. Alterman, entered into eternal rest on Sunday November 11, 2018.

Elza was the daughter of the late Jack and Rosalie Levy Meyers. She was born in Charleston on January 3,1923 and attended the Craft School and Memminger. While studying at the University of South Carolina, she met David Alterman and they married in 1942. While Dave was overseas serving in the US Army, Elza returned to Charleston. After Dave's return they moved briefly to Florida and then returned to Charleston. In 1951 they opened the first Elza's dress store on King St., joining her mother Rosalie Meyers who also had a King St. dress shop.

The store flourished until it's closing in 1997. When the Post and Courier interviewed her and asked what made her store so popular she replied, "To me, the basic ingredient of business is a love and enthusiasm for people which translates, practically, into an understanding of what people need." Elza dressed several generations of Charleston women and her fashion boutique was considered the place where one could find the perfect dress for almost any occasion. Her personal style was also evident, as she was considered one of Charleston's great hostesses whose elegant parties were legendary. Elza was also influential in the revitalization of King Street and served on several local boards including the Gibbes Museum of Art. She was a member of Kahol Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE).

She is survived by her two sons, Jack M. Alterman (Jennet) and Dr. Douglas J. Alterman (Marsha); a daughter, Nancy A. Walker (Brad); three grandchildren, Burden H. Walker (Leslie), Lily D. Alterman, and Rosie H. Alterman; and one great grandchild, Carolina P. Walker.

Graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to KKBE, 90 Hasell St., Charleston, SC 29401 or the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH, 43604.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We will never forget you
We miss you
Marie Laure arnaud

Posted by Marie Laure arnaud - Mt Pleasant, SC - friend   November 05, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

Posted by Angela Lentz - Folly Beach, SC   December 11, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you,

Posted by Angela Lentz - Folly Beach, SC   December 11, 2018

Jackie, Nancy, and Dougie, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a class act. Keeping you in our prayers.

Posted by EJ and Sandra Morris - Hephzibah, GA   November 22, 2018

Posted by Sandra Morris - Hephzibah, GA   November 22, 2018

We are so sorry about your loss. The entire Gendelman family mourns with you.
Elza was a wonderful lady and made our entire family welcome to her house in Charleston as well as her beach house. I remember many years of fun with all of you as well as with Fran, Mamie and Art.
Sam and Betty loved Elza and your family and have made lasting memories for me.
We will miss her deeply.
Gendelman Family
Art and Susan, Sami, Stacy and Artie

Posted by Arthurand Susan Gendelman - Cincinnati, OH   November 14, 2018

Condolences to Elza's Family. May she Rest In Peace.
Elsa was a beautiful woman and will be missed.

Posted by Sandy Donahue - Goose Creek, SC   November 13, 2018

Very sorry for your lost. I know your mom was very special lady, and you were lucky to have her. I firmly believe in a loving God and an afterlife, and I am sure she is in paradise, making suggestions on how to better improve those angel robes. Take heart and know that you do not grieve alone for you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many friends,
Larry Wertan

Posted by Lawrence Wertan - Toccoa, GA   November 13, 2018

Elza was certainly one of the classiest, funniest people I've ever known. I will miss our very colorful "office" conversations, or therapy sessions as she would call it. We had a very special bond and she will forever be super special to me. Prayers to the family xoxo

Posted by Crystal Branch - Dorchester, SC   November 13, 2018

Dr. Alterman,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother. Please accept my sincere condolence. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rose Lockhart - Aiken, SC   November 12, 2018

Jack Alterman and family, I am saddend to hear of your matriarch's passing. Elza was so kind and generous. I have fond memories of our family trips to The Holy City to see our "Charleston Family". My father, Raymond Halford, loved his dear cousin Elza. You and everyone that knew her were blessed with her laughter and spirit of hospitality.

With my deepest sympathy,
Anne Halford Burley

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2018

What a wonderful and elegant lady was Elza. Will miss her. My condolences to Elza's family.

Posted by Lisa La Roche - Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   November 12, 2018

She was such an elegant lady, and contributed much to her native city. She is missed.

Posted by Robert Stockton - Charleston, SC   November 12, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Eliza's death and send sincere sympathy to the entire family--[my parents-Polly and Jake Pressman were close friends of the Myers. Rosalie was 1 of my mom's friends who entertained for me as a bride to be. both the MYERS AND ALTERMAN families were at my wedding.]
Eliza's dress shop dressed me for college[1952] and Rosalie's dressed me for marriage[ 1954 ].I think the bridal consultant was named Gabriel. Years later ,when i became bridal consultant for belk southpark, i tried to imitate the fun and enthusiasm i had from shopping experiences at Eliza's and the class and elegance i remembered from shopping at Rosalie's.
Most of all. i remember the wonderful friendship between our families--the Myers and ALTERMANS were "good people"-AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM WITH AFFECTION.
Again, sincere sympathy and i know Elza'S MEMORY WILL BE A BLESSING FOR YOUR FAMILIES

Posted by jeri GERTZMAN - charlotte, NC   November 12, 2018

Dr. Alterman & family:
I am sorry about your mother passing.
She was a great lady.
God Bless.

Posted by Jeanette Lamb - Summerville, SC   November 12, 2018

Saddened for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Robert Folsom - Mount Pleasant, SC   November 12, 2018

I cannot believe Elza is gone!
she was such a part of Charleston
It has been a privilege to know her and work with her
She welcomed us when we arrived in Charleston and made us feel as family
We have loved her as our own family
Prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the family
Marie Laure Arnsud

Posted by Marie Laure Arnaud - MtcPleasant   November 12, 2018

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