Family Login:

Elza Meyers Alterman
  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation
    90 Hasell Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

Share This Obituary

Send Flowers
 Local Florists

Memories & Candles

“Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Angela Lentz - Folly Beach, SC

“Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you, ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Angela Lentz - Folly Beach, SC

“Jackie, Nancy, and Dougie, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a class act. Keeping you in our prayers. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: EJ and Sandra Morris - Hephzibah, GA

4 of 16 | Posted by: Sandra Morris - Hephzibah, GA

“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...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Arthurand Susan Gendelman - OH

“Condolences to Elza's Family. May she Rest In Peace.Elsa was a beautiful woman and will be missed. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Sandy Donahue - Goose Creek, SC

“Jack,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...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Lawrence Wertan - Toccoa, GA

“Elza was certainly one of the classiest, funniest people I've ever known. I will miss our very colorful "office" conversations, or therapy sessions...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Crystal Branch - Dorchester, SC

“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...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Rose Lockhart - Aiken, SC

“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...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“What a wonderful and elegant lady was Elza. Will miss her. My condolences to Elza's family. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa La Roche - Charleston, SC

“She was such an elegant lady, and contributed much to her native city. She is missed. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Stockton - Charleston, SC

“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...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: jeri GERTZMAN - charlotte, NC

“Dr. Alterman & family: I am sorry about your mother passing.She was a great lady. God Bless. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Jeanette Lamb - Summerville, SC

“Saddened for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Folsom - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I cannot believe Elza is gone!she was such a part of CharlestonIt has been a privilege to know her and work with herShe welcomed us when we arrived...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Marie Laure Arnaud - MtcPleasant

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.