Adele "Essie" Zukerberg, a retired personnel manager and community volunteer, died of pulmonary hypertension Nov. 20 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 85 and lived in Pikesville.
Born Adele Zacansky in Baltimore, she grew up on Ruxton Avenue and was a 1941 Western High School graduate.
After raising her family, Mrs. Zukerberg became personnel manager at the Hecht Co. department store in Reisterstown Road Plaza. She also administered studies for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was the co-owner of a Falls Road shop, the Valley Vogues.
Mrs. Zukerberg was a past president of the Edith Rosen Strauss Cancer Aid Center and was active in the organization for many years.
"My mother was a bright woman," said her son, Alan P. Zukerberg of Pikesville. "The family relied on her for executive decisions and guidance."
In the 1980s, she moved to Lake Worth, Fla., and got her real estate license. She worked in the Palm and Boynton beach areas. She returned to Baltimore in 2003.
Services were held Monday at Sol Levinson and Bros.
In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Jeffrey Zukerberg of Owings Mills; a sister, Loretta Hirshfeld of Pikesville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 52 years, Albert Zukerberg, who worked in sales, died in 1994.