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By Jerry Vondas
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 9:08 p.m.

Abe Glasser used his pharmaceutical skills to serve his country during World War II.

Upon receiving his degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Mr. Glasser enlisted in the Merchant Marine, where as a chief medical petty officer, he cared for men who transported supplies to the war zones of Europe.

Abe Glasser of Greensburg, co-founder of Stuart's Drug and Surgical Supply Co. in Greensburg, died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in the Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 91.

Born in Jeannette and raised in Greensburg, Mr. Glasser was one of two children in the family of grocer Joseph Glasser and his wife, Anna Gross Glasser.

Mr. Glasser, while on shore leave during the war, met Gloria Mindlin, a resident of Bayonne, N.J., at a dance. “My parents were married in 1946 and upon his discharge, Dad brought my mother to Jeannette,” said Dr. Stuart Glasser of Greensburg.

“My mother, like my dad, had deep feelings for those who were hurting and had no one to turn to,” said Dr. Glasser. “In later years, upon establishing Stuart's, which became a national entity, they were active in supporting numerous organizations and charities in Greensburg, including the Greensburg VFD, Community Food Bank and Meals On Wheels.

“But making funds available for the building of the Woodlands Foundation for Children and Adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in Wexford was the commitment they appreciated the most,” he said.

Dr. Glasser said his parents taught him and his sister to reach out to the needy. In his later years Mr. Glasser provided health care supplies and equipment to organizations such as Brother's Brother, which ships supplies to impoverished countries throughout the world.

In addition to his son, Stuart, Mr. Glasser is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter, Susan Firestone of Boca Raton; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sophie Weiner.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday in Temple Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St. in Greensburg, with Rabbi Sara Perman officiating. Interment will follow in B'Nai Israel Cemetery, Hempfield.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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