Estelle David Dembert

Date of Death: 5/7/2018

Estelle David Dembert


March 24, 1926 – May 7, 2018


Estelle David Dembert, 92, Rydal, PA, passed away peacefully at the Rydal Park Joseph C. Scott Medical Center Monday from cancer.


She was born in Newport, RI, the daughter of the late Morris and Rose David.  On December 25, 1945, she married LTJG Bernard (“Bernie”) Dembert, Altoona, PA in the historic Touro Synagogue, Newport, RI.


Her beloved Bernie died in 2011 after 65 years of marriage.  She is survived by two sons:  Mark and his wife Mary Fish, Philadelphia, PA; David and his wife Julie, Baltimore, MD; three grandsons: Michael (Sarah), Eric and Charlie; one great-grandson, Thomas; two step-grandchildren:  Andrew (David) and Rachel (Nick); three step-great-granddaughters:  Sadie, Ramona and Zoe; and a sister, Miriam Klein, of West Palm Beach, Florida.  Four sisters and two brothers predeceased Estelle.


Estelle was a 1943 graduate of Rogers High School in Newport.  She worked in dental hygiene afterwards.  After marriage, she and Bernie lived in California and Pennsylvania.  They settled in Hollidaysburg, PA in 1953 and then moved to Altoona in 1956, where they remained until 2010, when they moved to Hollidaysburg.  After Bernie’s death, she remained in Hollidaysburg until 2017, whereupon she relocated to Rydal to be close to her sons.


Her David siblings, and extended family with cousins, aunts, and uncles, nephews and nieces, provided love, warmth, and support to her all her life no matter where travels and moves took her.  Newport remained a bedrock and a constant throughout her life; the ocean and beaches, her family, the childhood and teenage friendships, the other large and close families in the Newport community at large, Newport’s history, and the Navy all were part of the fabric of her life through the years.


Estelle was a cherished member of the immediate and extended Dembert family in Central Pennsylvania and elsewhere since the 1950’s.  She was a vibrant, outgoing and involved member of the community social, business, religious, arts and culture, and athletic life for all her years there.  She was introduced to Penn State by Bernie in the 1950’s and enthusiastically participated in PSU football, academic, and social events and adored State College. 


Her vivaciousness and zest for local life were hallmarks of her connectivity.  She can best be remembered by her impact on hundreds of enduring close friendships she formed and maintained with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations, from all walks of life and ages.  She loved being part of activities of her friends’ children’s lives and enjoyed celebrating their accomplishments.


She was an active member and supporter of Temple Beth Israel and the Jewish community for all of her Altoona life.


Estelle was a devoted daughter, sister, and niece to her David family all of her years.  She was also a devoted wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother to the Dembert and David families throughout her life.


She was an avid reader and supporter of the Altoona Public Library.  She loved reading to groups of children through literacy programs.  She especially enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, playing golf, cooking, hosting dinners and lunches, and spending time with families and friends.  She loved traveling, and trips to Newport were special.


Friends will be received from 10:30 until an 11:30 am funeral service, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Avenue, Altoona, with Rabbi Audrey Korotkin officiating.    Interment will be at Mount Sinai Cemetery immediately following the service.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Estelle’s memory to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, or the American Cancer Society, through its website,



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