Perle Metnick (nee Novitsky), 93, formerly of West Palm Beach, Fla., died peacefully in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 after a brief illness. She was born in Passaic, N.J., where she lived much of her adult life and raised her family. She relocated to West Palm Beach in the mid-1970s.
Perle, a child of The Depression who was never able to attend higher education herself, instilled in her children a powerful work ethic and a profound respect for education and self-fulfillment.
Perle was an enthusiastic traveler of the world, a voracious reader, an acute observer of human dynamics and a charming friend to all people of all ages who had the pleasure of her company. With a warm sense of humor (her answering machine announcement used to say, “You have reached the Pearly Gates: Just kidding!”), a pragmatic approach to life, and a deep appreciation for the talents and intelligence of her fellow human beings, she was a mensch who touched the hearts of all who knew her.
She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.
Surviving are her daughters, Dr. Nancy Harrison (John) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; artist, writer and former school principal, Judith Luger, of Oceanport, N.J. and her son, attorney Dennis Metnick (Amy) of Margaretville; eight adored grandchildren and 11 equally adored great-grandchildren. She is also survived by grand-dogs, Diva and Cisco, with whom she formed an affectionate bond in her later years.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Sam, in 1989.
Graveside services took place at Eternal Light Memorial Garden Cemetery in Boynton Beach, Florida on Friday, June 18.
Contributions in Perle’s memory, made to the charitable organization of your choice, would be appreciated.