Obituary of Berta Bella Shore
We would like to invite comments and remembrances of Bella from her many dear friends.
Donations can be made in her memory to: Mental Health Association of Rcockland County,/ Vally Hospice New Jersey,/ Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education.
February 18th 1924 - April 23rd 2020
Bella was an active, engaged resident of Rockland County for more than 50 years, campaigning and fund raising for the Democratic Party - both in local and national elections - as well as for the Rockland County Mental Health Association.
Bella received a number of awards for her tireless contributions to her community and celebrated as Woman of the Year in Rockland County.
Educated and trained as a virologist, she was a cancer researcher for more than 20 years, at Mt Sinai Hospital and then at Flower Fifth Hospital in NYC.
Bella was born in Leipzig, Germany, but was forced to move to Poland with her parents in 1936, where they lived in the Radom Ghetto.
Her parents were both sent to concentration camps, where her father died shortly before the end of the war. Bella was able to flee to Warsaw where she lived in hiding for several years, until able to leave - finding herself safely in Denmark just months before the end of the war, having secured passage on a ship crossing the Baltic Sea. Her mother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and lived to the age of 102, having enjoyed many years as a resident in NYC, then in Rockland County.
In Denmark Bella married and had two daughters, and embarked on her education in microbiology. She moved to Norway where she continued her training in virology, and then in 1957 moved to the US, with a research grant to the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
The move to NY came in 1960, where she remarried and then moved to Nyack in 1965.
Throughout the half century of residency in NY, Bella maintained strong alliances with friends- and especially with family - in Denmark and England. She visited both frequently - enjoying family holidays together and celebrating the milestones of her grand and great grand children.
Bella was also an intrepid global traveller; white water rafting at the age of 80, and on safari (riding shotgun) at 81, in South Africa. She was most happy in her home, hosting dinner parties for her many loyal friends.
Bella will be remembered by many for her spirit, energy and optimism; her warmth and enthusiasm in embracing new friendships, adventures and challenges.
As a survivor of the turmoil of WW2 in Europe, Bella forged her life in the US with hope and strength, making the most of what she had worked hard to create and maintain.
Bella is survived by her two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial date will be announced at a safe time later in the summer.
728 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
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