Florence Forchheimer Halpern, a member of an Alpine pioneer merchant family, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of Friday, July 10, 2015 at her Alpine home. She was 95.
A memorial service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 14 in The Alpine Memorial Funeral Home Geeslin Chapel with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery.
She was born November 10, 1919 in New York City, the youngest child of Louis and Mathilda Winkler Forchheimer, members of the Jewish faith who immigrated from Germany before the Holocaust.
She graduated from Alpine High School and the University of Texas at Austin, with a major in English and a Spanish minor. During World War II she was a U.S. government censor in Laredo and later taught briefly at Centennial School in Alpine.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Louis Halpern and Rosario Salgado Halpern of Marfa, and Daniel Gustave Halpern and Terri Spurgin Halpern of Silver Spring, Maryland; two granddaughtes, Miriam Halpern Cardona and her husband Joan Cardona Romanos of Girona, Catalunya, Spain, and Rebecca Halpern and her husband Ed Mann of Los Angeles, California; three grandsons, Jared Halpern and his wife Lacey Coolidge Halpern of Silver Spring, Maryland, Alberto Thomas Halpern and his partner Alexandra Annello of El Paso; and Abraham Diego Halpern of Washington DC; one great-grandson, Daniel Henry Halpern of Silver Spring, Maryland; a niece, Juliette Forchheimer Schwab and her husand Gregory Schwab of Alpine and York, Maine.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert 'Bob' Halpern; her sister, Juliette Forchheimer; her brother and his wife, Paul and Teeby Forchheimer; and a nephew David Forchheimer.