Florence Forchheimer Halpern

ALPINE - Florence Forchheimer Halpern, a member of a pioneer merchantfamily from Alpine, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of July 10, 2015, at her home in Alpine. She was 95.  Flo was born Nov. 10, 1919, in New York City, the youngest child of Louis  and Mathilda Winkler Forchheimer, members of the Jewish faith who immigratedfrom Germany before the Holocaust.  he family, including Flo's sister Juliette and brother Paul, moved to Alpine in the early 1920s to work in the Winkler family business, a department and clothing store on Holland Avenue across from the train depot. Louie would soon acquire the business, and it became Forchheimer's Department Store, family owned and operated by the Halperns and Forchheimers until 1976. Flo was raised in Alpine and graduated fromAlpine High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from 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  entennialSchool in Alpine. But fashion and merchandising tugged on her professional career, having grown up in the family business. After a short time as a sales clerk for Frost Brothers in San Antonio, she became the junior-wear buyer for the respected clothier, tasked with making frequent trips to New York and Los Angeles to acquire the latest styles for her customers. It was on one of her buying trips to New York that she met her future husband on a blind date, meeting in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel. Albert 'Bob' Halpern, a native of up-state New York and a World War II veteran, was smitten with Flo's intellect and style, and he soon moved to Austin and then San Antonio to continue the courtship. They were married in Alpine in 1952, and with the advancing age of Flo's father, the couple returned to Alpine to help run the store. In their retirement years, Flo and Bob traveled to Hawaii, Europe,  Scandinavia, Asia, and India.Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Louis Halpern and Rosa rio Salgado Halpern of Marfa, and Daniel Gustave Halpern and Terri Spurgin Halpern of Silver Spring, Maryland; two granddaughters, Miriam Halpern Cardona and her husband Joan Cardona Romanos of Girona, Catalunya,  pain, 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 Tomas Halpern and his partner Alexsandra Annello of El Paso, and Abraham Diego Halpern of Washington, DC; one great-grandson, Daniel Henry Halpern of Silver Spring, Maryland; a niece,  uliette Forchheimer Schwab and her husband Gregory Schwab of Alpine and  ork, 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. The family warmly thanks the medical professionals in Flo's life in her later years, Dr. James Luecke and Family Nurse Practitioner Joann Lister; and the caregiv rs who provided a quality of life that allowed Flo to spend her days in her home, Teresa Holguin and Concha Hernandez. A memorial service was the morning of Tuesday, July 14 in the Geeslin  chapel of Alpine Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery.Pallbearers are Flo's sons and grandsons, and Ed Mann, her grandsonin- law. Memorials may be made to the Casa Hogar orphanage in Ojinaga, Chihuahua,  exico, PO Box 840, Alpine, TX 79831, or to a charity of your choice. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.     

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