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Morris Gichtin
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1893, Russian Federation
Death: Apr. 15, 1971
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA

My grandfather, Morris Gichtin was born in Sokolievka, Haysin Podolie, Russia. He was never sure of his date of birth, but finally settled on Dec 25, 1893 as a date that he could remember. His original name was Moshe Gechtin. For some reason, some of his brothers took the name Gertin after they settled in Canada, and some took the name Gichtin, and others left the name as Gechtin.

He married Clara Cooper (born Chaika Kupchinetsky) on Jul 20, 1920 in Russia before escaping from the pogroms to Romania.

With their newborn daughter, my Aunt Tillie (then known as Taube or Tova), they traveled to Antwerp, Belgium. Departing Antwerp on Apr 19, 1922, they had to leave Clara's mother behind due to a medical condition. She followed shortly after.

Following their successful completion of citizenship training at Hutchinson School of Citizenship in Buffalo, New York on June 2 1927, both Morris and Clara became proud citizens of the United States. Morris received his certificate of naturalization on Sep 21, 1927 and Clara on May 3, 1928.

He paid his brother in law, Morris Cooper, back in full as Morris Cooper provided the funds for the Gichtin family to come to the US.

Although he took the English name of Morris, he was Uncle Moshe to his nieces and nephews, Pa to his kids and wife and Zeyde to his 13 grandchildren.

I have been told that my grandfather was one of the founders of this cemetery; that it was organized in rememberence for the former residents of Sokolievka. He was a long time secretary of Congregation Brith Israel-Anshe Ames.

My favorite memory of my grandfather is seeing him in his kitchen in his gray plaid bathrobe, smoking a cigarette, his teeth in the container next to his radio and drinking his coffee.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Anne Schwartzman Gechtin (1872 - 1937)
 
 Spouse:
  Clara Cooper Gichtin (1903 - 1988)*
 
 Children:
  Tillie Gichtin Astor Goldman (1921 - 2009)*
  Adele Gichtin Nickbarg (1925 - 2012)*
  Sonia Gichtin Abrahams (1933 - 2010)*
 
 Siblings:
  Hyman Gertin (1888 - 1960)*
  Morris Gichtin (1893 - 1971)
  Morris Gechtin (1901 - 1948)*
  Abraham Gertin-Gichtin (1904 - 1976)*
  Harry Gertin (1905 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Hebrew translation -
Reb Moshe son of the honored Zev
Died 20 Nisan 5731
(Civil date 15 Apr 1971)
 
Burial:
Holy Order Of The Living
Cheektowaga
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: Line 12 left, Lot 6, graves 1 and 2
 
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Record added: Jul 27, 2008
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