Gertrude A. Zemon , 94, switchboard operator

July 14, 2002

Gertrude A. Zemon, a homemaker and former hospital switchboard operator, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Milford Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Randallstown. She was 94.

Gertrude Gaken was born and raised in East Baltimore and was a 1925 graduate of Western High School. After attending business school, Mrs. Zemon went to work as a switchboard operator at Sinai Hospital, then on East Monument Street.

She worked there until 1935, when she married Sol Zemon, a wholesale hardware salesman for William H. Cole Co. He died in 1989.

In 1948, Mrs. Zemon and her husband moved to Hopeton Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, where they lived for many years.

Mrs. Zemon, who had converted to Judaism, enjoyed cooking and preparing Jewish delicacies, family members said.

"Even though they weren't kosher, she made wonderful crab cakes," said her daughter, Ruth Wiseman of Hunting Ridge.

She also enjoyed knitting and sewing.

Mrs. Zemon was a former member of Har Sinai Congregation.

Services were held Wednesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Zemon is survived by a son, Wayne Zemon of Towson; a sister, Catherine Booth of Rosedale; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

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