Yetta Sarah Gassman

  • Born: September 12, 1919
  • Died: March 25, 2019
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Yetta Sarah Gassman, age 99, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members on Monday, March 25, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She was born on September 12, 1919 on a farm in Ottsville, Pennsylvania to Benjamin and Rebecca Zeitlin, the second of four children.

Gifted academically, she was her high school's valedictorian and graduated magna cum laude from Beaver College in 1941. She married Dr. Harvey Gassman on March 25, 1945 in Philadelphia. She called many cities home, including Chicago; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; San Diego; Los Angeles; Jacksonville, Florida; and finally, Charleston.
Yetta will be forever remembered for her infectious laugh, her fondness for sweets, and for listening to birdsong, and for having an open door and open heart to all those in need.

Yetta was preceded in death by her brother, Sam, her sister, Miriam, and passed away on the same day as her brother, Bernard "Bernie." She was lovingly devoted to her six children: Shifra Hayman, Charles "Chuck" Gassman, Malka Gross, the late Adele Gilman, Clarice Griswold, and Allen Gassman; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego. Shiva will be observed by the Hayman family in Beit Shemesh, Israel and by the Gross family in Jacksonville, Florida.