Beatrice Perer passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021, in Boynton Beach, Fla. Bea, as she was known, was 94 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sara Taper, of Duquesne. Bea was a remarkable woman. Her husband, Leonard, passed away in 1964, leaving Bea, age 38, with a teenage son and daughter and a newly-started wholesale optical business. Bea, with help of long-time family friend and accountant, John Karp, built a highly successful woman-owned business, which was a rarity at the time. Bea was a stunning woman who turned heads wherever she went, even when she was in her 90s. She was always perfectly dressed and a consummate shopper. After working Monday through Friday, Saturdays were spent shopping at Kaufmann’s. To her last days, Bea was never without her makeup, jewelry and perfectly-coordinated outfit. When she moved to Florida, she described it as paradise. She lived her last years with the second love of her life, Ed Early, who predeceased her. Together, Bea and Ed enjoyed each and every day, whether golfing, or at their club or their home in Boca West. These were some of the happiest days of her life. But her greatest joy was spending time with son, Alan (wife, Diane); her daughter, Shelley Droz (husband Gary); her granddaughters, Lauren, Langley, Sara and Abby; and her great-grandchildren, Sid, Molly, Bowie, Sawyer and Dean. The family extends a special thank you to Bea’s caregivers, Nancy and Mirta, who took such remarkable and loving care of her in her final days. Queen Bea was a force and her passing leaves a large hole in the family. Bei mir bist du schein. Services and Interment will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL INC., family owned and operated. Memorial donations to Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton or the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh are welcomed.


Edward Montini


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