Services Held for Mrs. Beer, Charity Leader
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Services Held for Mrs. Beer, Charity Leader

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Funeral services for Mrs. Sophia Walter Beer, for many years prominent in Jewish charitable endeavors and mother of leaders in Jewish charity, were held Friday morning at her late residence, one West Sixty-ninth street.

Mrs. Beer, who was 90 on December 14, died Wednesday of pneumonia, complicated by Myocarditis, at her home.

Dr. Samuel H. Goldenson, of Temple Emanu-El, of which she was a member, assisted by Rabbi Nathan A. Perilman. conducted the services, which were private. Burial followed in Salem Fields Cemetery, Brooklyn.


During her lifetime, Mrs. Beer was a devoted worker for charitable endeavors. She was a founder and director of the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women; a trustee of the Emanu-El Sisterhood; a director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary; an honorary trustee of the Recreation Rooms and Settlement, and a subscribing member of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City.

Mrs. Beer was born in this city, a daughter of I. D. Walter, merchant and philanthropist. She married Julius Beer, tobacco merchant and philanthropist, who died about thirty years ago. In her younger days she attended a Roman Catholic convent school.


During the World War Mrs. Beer worked with the Red Cross. She was an extensive traveler, spoke many foreign languages and was interested in poetry, which was a hobby with her. She had been a semi-invalid for nine years, following injuries she had received in an automobile accident.

Surviving Mrs. Beer are Walter E. Beer, a son, treasurer of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City; Mrs. Sidney C. Borg. a daughter, chairman of the women’s division of the federation, and prominent in the city’s social service work; Dr. Edwin Beer, a son, surgeon and urologist, and former chairman of the Medical Board of Mount Sinai Hospital; Mrs. Alice B. Carns, a daughter, active in educational and philanthropic endeavors; Mrs. Carrie Seligman, a daughter, wife of Dr. E. R. A. Seligman. Professor Emeritus in Residence of Political Economy at Columbia University and internationally-known economist; William I. Walter, a brother, and two sisters. Dr. Josephine Walter, a physician, and Mrs. Maurice M. Sternberger, all of New York.


Funeral services for Leo Monsheimer, auctioneer, were held Friday afternoon at the New York and Brooklyn Funeral Home, 187 South Oxford street, Brooklyn. Interment was at Beth-El Cemetery, Queens.

Mr. Monsheimer died Wednesday at his home, 115 Lenox road, Brooklyn. His business address was 401 Broadway, Manhattan. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Louis.


Nehemiah Gitelson, who died November 3, 1932, left a gross estate of $64,112 and a net of $59,703. He set up a trust fund of $2,000 for the benefit of his children and grandchildren.

The income is to be paid them only if they observe strictly the orthodox Jewish holidays and religious rites, according to his will. The residue goes in trust to a son, Moses L. Gitelson, of 510 West 112th street, out of which he is to maintain his mother “in a worthy manner.”

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