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Gail M. Trachtenberg

June 30, 1946 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old



Gail Trachtenberg of Naples Florida and New York City died peacefully on November 13, 2023 at Avow Hospice, with her family by her side. Her brave fight against cancer has finally ended. Gail was born in Brooklyn New York on June 30, 1946. Her parents were both immigrants, dad (Herman Mazo) who arrived at Ellis Island at the age of 12, traveling alone from Kiev to Hamburg, and then by ship to New York City. And mom (Sally) whose family emigrated from Montreal Canada. Gail and Joe met in Brooklyn when they were teenagers, married at ages 21 and 19, and experienced the joy of spending a lifetime together. They would be celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary later this month. They raised three children (Jenni, Allie and Josh) and treasure their five grandchildren (Dylan, Chloe, Katie, Arlo and Jon). Gail is also survived by her sister Rita, brothers in law Bob and George, son in law Zane. Also nieces and nephews Elizabeth, Becky, Matt, Stacey and David. Gail studied art in NJ at Monmouth and Somerset Colleges and became an accomplished potter, and a charter member of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Artists Guild. When she and Joe retired to Naples in 2004, Gail transitioned to painting. She and eight fellow Naples artists created a shared studios (Shirley Street Painters), from which masterful paintings are created. The friendships Gail established with fellow artists in NJ and FL were a cornerstone of her life. They all shared the love and camaraderie of a common passion. Among artists and non-artists Gail made friends easily and kept them for a lifetime. She was much loved and will be sadly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County or St Matthew’s House in Naples FL.


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