Pearl Peppy (Mintzer) Sanders

August 5, 1931 ~ December 22, 2021 (age 90)


Pearl “Peppy” Mintzer Sanders
Pearl, Peppy, had an enjoyable life for over ninety years. She was born August 5, 1931, the only daughter of Julius and Sadie (Kurtzer) Mintzer and passed away most peacefully on December 22, 2021. She and her four older brothers were raised in Catskill, New York. Peppy was educated along with her brothers by Rabbi and Shana Mordekoff and was very proud of her comfort reading Hebrew and participating in synagogue services. Her commitment to Judaic education ensured that all four of her children attended the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District and led her to become a Bat Mitzvah at the age of 62. She was a proud graduate of Catskill High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Albany State Teachers College (University of Albany).  She met her beloved Harris, “Hesh”, while she was an undergraduate student and they married in 1954.  They enjoyed a marriage of 64 years that was full of joy and adventures until Harris’ passing in 2018. She was the perfect partner and audience for her Mr. Wonderful.
Peppy is survived by her children Larry and Clara Sanders, Alan and Leizbeth Sanders, Linda and David Ginsburg, and Daniel and Michelle Sanders, her adored grandchildren Gary and Meghan Ginsburg, Joshua and Caitlin Sanders, Jeremy (fiancé Kris) Sanders, Eric and Joshua Cooper-Ginsburg, Ben, Jacob, Gabriela, Rozara (Nate), Eliana, and Talia Sanders and great-grandchildren Quinn and Mackenzie Sanders and Eitan and Amirah Ginsburg in addition to many nieces and nephews. Peppy was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brothers Sidney, Joseph, Milton, and Charley and great-granddaughter Emma Ginsburg.
Peppy enjoyed tennis, bridge, and above all, baseball.  She was raised a Brooklyn Dodger fan and spent nearly 60 years cheering on the Mets. She and Harris travelled throughout North, Central, South America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, East Africa and Asia. One of her particular pleasures was visiting her children and grandchildren during their time abroad.
Peppy was a dedicated member of Temple Israel, a former trustee, and officer. She was particularly proud of being the first woman to chair the Religious Affairs Committee. Her volunteer activities included positions on the Boards of the United Jewish Federation and the Hebrew Academy as well as membership in Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women and Women’s Division of State of Israel Bonds. Her Passover Seders were legend and welcoming.  Her family was the source of her strength, her joy, and her comfort.

Services at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue Albany on Friday, December 24, 2021, at 10:00am Interment will follow in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Guilderland, NY.  For those attending the service at the Temple, proof of vaccination will be required as well as face coverings.  Donations in Peppy's memory may be made to Temple Israel in Albany, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York or Jewish Family Services.   For those who prefer to attend virtually, the services will be livestreamed from the Temple Israel Sanctuary at

The traditional period of mourning (shiva) will be observed privately



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Temple Israel
600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY 12208

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany NY 12203

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York

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