Abe L. Bretton passed away on April 12, 2023. He was born to Jacob and Ella Bretton of Elwood City, PA on October 17, 1932, and grew up with his sisters, Dana Colsky and the late, Norma Dubrow. While growing up in Ellwood City, he worked alongside his father at the family business, North Side Market, and graduated from Lincoln High School.
He attended Pitt and was a member of Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he established many friendships for life. At 22, Abe met the love of his life, Gerda Stein of Pittsburgh, and soon after they both graduated, they wed and settled in New Castle, PA. There he worked for and became a partner in Den Vend, Inc., until he retired at the age of 83.
Abe’s love and dedication to family came instinctively and was his first priority throughout his life. He and Gerda have five children; Pamela Bretton Pearlman (Seth), Rachel Lynne Pavilack (Stuart), twins Jeffrey Bretton and Brian Bretton, and Philip Michael Bretton (Melissa.) Six grandchildren; Isaac (Laura), Julian, Jacob, Eli, Nathan, Anna, and great grandson Andrew complete the family of which he was so proud.
He was classically trained on piano and loved music of all kinds. One of his great joys was attending Pittsburgh Symphony concerts. And he always encouraged his kids to play and listen to music.
Abe was an active member in the Jewish Communities where he lived. At Tifereth Israel Synagogue in New Castle, he was a Sunday School teacher and principal. He was also an advisor to the local chapter of the B’nai Brith Youth Organization. Later, he became an active member at Beth El Congregation in Pittsburgh.
In 2002, Abe and Gerda moved to Cherry Hill at Nevillewood in Pittsburgh. There Abe was active on its planning and building committees. He loved maintaining the gardens around his home. Abe was also active in the newly formed Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens.
Beginning at noon on Friday, April 14th, friends will be received in WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Rd, 15220 with services at 1 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Beth El Congregation or the charity of your choice.