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Perry Shertz

September 21, 2008

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Judge Perry J. Shertz, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sunday, September 21.

Judge Shertz, 80, was raised in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre. He grew up at B’nai Jacob synagogue and the Talmud Torah Hebrew Institute. After graduating from GAR in 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, remaining on active duty until 1948 and later serving with the Marines during the Korean War. He earned a B.A. degree from Dickinson College and a J.D. from Temple University. He joined the law firm of Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald in 1959, and was a partner from 1962 to 1980, when he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court as an associate judge. In 1982, he returned to his law practice, retiring in 1989.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he was a member of the Governor’s AIDS Commission, the Governor’s Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Advisory Commission, the Wilkes-Barre Zoning Board, and served as chair of the Wilkes-Barre General Municipal Authority. He was a past president of the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association. Before leaving the community for Israel and Florida, Judge Shertz was an active member of Congregation Ohav Zedek, board chairman of The United Hebrew Institute, president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Council of B’nai Brith and president of the local Zionist Organization of America.

The funeral was Sunday afternoon and burial, in accordance with his lifelong dream, was in Tiberias, Israel, on Monday.

He is mourned by his wife of 56 years, Shirlee; four children, Dori (and Richard), of West Orange, N.J.; Judy (and Eli), of Efrat, Jerusalem, Israel; Marcy (and Jeremy), of Efrat, Jerusalem, Israel; and Larry (and Sigalit) of Modi’in, Israel; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Shiva is being observed in Jerusalem, Israel, through Saturday evening, September 27 and will continue at the home of his daughter, Dori Sobin, 64 Carteret Street, West Orange, N.J., on Sunday September 28.

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