General Information

Full Name: Berta Topel
Date of Death: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

In Loving Memory of Berta (Grimberg) Topel who passed away peacefully on February 27th, 2024 at the age of 92, just 4 days after her birthday. Born in Havana, Cuba on February 23, 1932 to the late Tomas and Fania, Berta was also predeceased by her husband, Simon, her sister Julia and her brother, Felipe.

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Berta had nothing short of an exceptional life. In 1969, penniless and at the age of 37, she fled Cuba with her husband and their 3 young children. Leaving behind her father, country and language, she came to America seeking a better life. She widowed 10 years later at the age of 47 (she had already lost her mother at the age of 7 and her father and sister after fleeing Cuba). In spite of all these hardships, she persevered, creating a wonderful life for herself and her family in West New York, NJ where she owned an operated an embroidery business. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a very positive attitude. She was the warmest and most full-of-life person you could ever meet, she could fix anything with a needle and thread and made a killer flan. She loved music, enjoyed staying sharp by playing her daily Sudoku puzzles, keeping up with her beloved NY Yankees, and proudly sticking with 61 seasons of General Hospital. She will be greatly missed, but her courage and legacy remains alive in her 3 children (Fanny/husband Walter, Raquel/husband Ramon, and Isaac/wife Ela); 6 grandchildren (David/wife Jamie, Jennifer, Ryann/fiance Kenny, Ray Allen/wife Katherine, Simone and Max); and 2 great grandsons, Sam and Elliot. Other survivors include her many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and family that she loved dearly.

Berta/Abuela Mami/Lelly/Mami touched many lives with her unending kindness. She will be greatly missed and will always be remembered in our hearts and memories. May she rest in peace in the company of Simon, the love of her life.

Service Information

Thursday, February 29, 2024
11:00 AM

Service At:
Mt. Moriah Cemetery
685 Fairview Ave., Fairview, NJ




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