Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 11, 2013

Mrs. Gertrude Platnick Houghton

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — rs. Gertrude Platnick Houghton

BLUEFIELD — Mrs. Gertrude Platnick Houghton of 709 Spring Garden Drive, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away Sunday April 7, 2013.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Anna Lieberman; brother, Benjamin Lieberman; sister, Ruth Cohen; and her husbands, David M. Platnick and William E. Houghton.  

Survivors include two sons, Ivan M. Platnick and wife Marsha of Bluefield and Dr. Daniel M. Platnick of Washington, D.C.; two grandsons, David L. Platnick of Charlottesville, Va., and Brian S. Platnick and his wife Bryna of Evanston, Ill.; one granddaughter, Erin Negra and her husband Charles of Parkland, Fla.; three great-grandchildren; and Mr. Houghton's son, William and his wife Barbara; and his daughter, Anne Hopkins.  

She will be remembered for many years of endeavor to have a library built in Bluefield, W.Va., and started many cultural activities.  She was a professional musician starting at a very young age.  She was also an airplane pilot and race car driver.

Graveside services will be conducted on Friday April 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. from Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley with Rabbi Stanley Funston officiating.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting  Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Gertrude Platnick Houghton.