Marietta Gettenberg (nee Iachia), 96, passed away Aug. 24, 2019, in Beachwood.
Born to Josephine and Ernesto Iachia on July 1, 1923, in Turin, Italy, Marietta survived the Holocaust in Italy due to her landlord, a Righteous Gentile, hiding her at his home in the mountains of Italy.
In Italy, she worked in an orphanage. Her love of babies and all children stayed with her throughout her life. She came to the United States in 1950, staying home with her children until 1959, when she went to work in a factory in the garment district. Marietta moved to Cleveland in 1999.
She loved to sew and knit. Anyone who knew Marietta knew she was a sweet, caring and loving person. The family would like to thank her primary caregiver, Lolitha Smith, for the quality of care she provided and also the many others who contributed to her quality of life.
Marietta is survived by her children, Elda Pincus of Beachwood and Henry (Helenne) Gettenberg of Madison, Conn.; grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea) Pincus, Alissyn (Bryan) Schaer and Eric (Jen, fiancée) Gettenberg; and her loving niece, Rita (Bruce) Mandel. She is predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Eisig Gettenberg, a Holocaust survivor who worked at six concentration camps; parents, Josephine and Ernesto (Josephine was sent to the gas chambers as soon as she arrived at Auschwitz); and siblings, Fernanda (Joseph) Friedman, Renata (Carlos) Martinengo and Mario (Eta) Iachia.
Let her be remembered in her own words: “Buona notte, I’m OK. Everything is OK.”
Services were held Aug. 26 at Mount Olive Cemetery.
Contributions in loving memory of Marietta can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Cleveland Chapter.