Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Alaine June Carl Gordon died, surrounded by her family, on October 11, 2012 from natural causes.   She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 2, 1924 to Anna Olive Rich Carl and Louis Carl. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and attended secretarial college during World War II. Alaine grew up in Cleveland Heights, the youngest of three children. She spent many happy summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Wise. She met Edwin Gordon, a WWII veteran, ex-POW, and podiatry student in 1947. They met at a dance where he attended to her sprained ankle, and they married later that year! Ed and Alaine were married for over 63 years until his death in 2011. Alaine and Ed had two children, Kathy and Kenny. For most of their childhood, she balanced parenting with part-time work. The family belonged to Knesseth Israel Temple, where Alaine taught Sunday school and was active in the Sisterhood. Alaine was always hard-working and energetic. Apart from being a homemaker and mother, she held many different positions in her life. One of her first jobs was at the Belfair Child Welfare agency in Cleveland. She went on to lead youth groups and teach swimming lessons at various community center ™s, conduct survey and census work door-to-door, and sell vacuum cleaners and World Book (top saleswoman one year!). In the mid 1960s, however, she became the administrative assistant to the first Head Start in Wayne County, a position she held for over 22 years. She enjoyed her position at Head Start immensely, and made life long friendships there. One of her proudest accomplishment ™s toward the end of her career, was compiling the 20-year history of the Wayne County Head Start. Some of Alaine ™s happiest times were the 16 winters she and Ed spent in West Palm Beach, Florida. There, they developed a large group of friends, played golf and cards, and truly enjoyed their retirements.   Alaine had many friends throughout her life. She made friends wherever she went, and held onto them for years. She often wrote poems for friends on special occasions. She was a devoted wife and mother and an adoring (and adored) grandmother who kept up with the smallest details of her grandchildren ™s lives.   Alaine and Ed visited Oregon more than 30 times over the years to see Kathy and her family. Additionally, they traveled to many places including Israel, Mexico, Greece, Egypt, Alaska and Hawaii. Alaine spent the last six and a half years of her life at the Shady Lawn Healthcare Community in Dalton. For the first three and a half years she lived in assisted living and walked twice daily to visit Ed in the nursing home. The last three years she lived in the nursing home.   Alaine is survived by her daughter Kathy Gordon, son “in-law Bill Farver, grandchildren Viviana, Micah and Daniella. She is also survived by niece Helaine Gross, and nephews Ralph and Jim Liss and Philip Carl. Additionally, she is survived by Beth Entsminger and Vicky Simmons, her devoted friends and caretakers. Alaine was preceded in death by her husband Edwin, son, Kenny, sister Lucille Liss Gross and a brother Harvey Carl. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.   The family is grateful for the loving care she received at Shady Lawn and from Wayne County Hospice. Donations may be made to Wayne County Hospice and Palliative Care. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Knesseth Israel Temple, 1670 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 with Cantor Beth Friedman-romell officiating.

Memorial Contributions
Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne Co., 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Knesseth Israel Temple, 1670 Cleveland Road, Wooster, OH 44691

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