IRIS BUSH, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 29. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she moved here from there. She attended St. Petersburg High School and graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College with an AA in Business Administration. She was the office manager for Plastic Fabricators and Brass Letters and Logos. She was a co-founder of Brandeis Women in St. Petersburg and the secretary of the Jewish Community Council. Survivors include her husband, Ben; sons, Rick Carroll and Steve Bush; daughters and son-in-law, Lisa and Willie Harris and Gayle Bush; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel or Menorah Manor. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)
ELLIOT E. “STUD” HEIT, 87, of Largo, died Feb. 2. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot. He graduated from West Point in 1950 and was in the travel industry. Survivors include his wife, Carol; three daughters, Robin, Karen and Susan; son, Robert. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)
DR. ANN CATHERINE MARGOLIN, 75, of Clearwater, died Jan. 25. She was born in Schuyler, NE and graduated from Michigan Medical School, doing her residency in anesthesiology. She moved to Clearwater in 1971 and practiced at many hospitals and a surgery center in Pinellas County before retiring in 2000. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Dr. Jerry Margolin; four children and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
CAROL C. NELSON, 76, of Clearwater, died Feb. 5. A native of St. Louis, MO, she worked as a bookkeeper for Peltz Shoes for many years. She was a longtime volunteer at Morton Plant Hospital. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Lyle; children, Steven and Pamela Nelson, Robert and Vickie Nelson and Barbara Czap; brother and sister-in-law, Norton and Dot Pat Chervitz; and eight grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to Morton Plant Hospital Caring Partners. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)
FLORENCE RAFELD, 81, of Seminole, died Jan. 30. She was a native of Philadelphia, PA and moved here several years ago. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)
JACK SARETSKY, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 29. He was a native of Chicago, IL and was a manager in color processing. His family survives him. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)
HERBERT I. SIROTA, 78, of Weston, formerly of St. Pete Beach, died Feb. 5. Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he came here as a child, and attended St. Petersburg Junior College and Penn State University. He moved to South Florida four years ago. He was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg for some 50 years, He was a high school English teacher, and an award-winning yearbook and newspaper advisor, teaching at Lakewood, Northeast and Gibbs high schools. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Sandy Lechner; two granddaughters, Amy and Rachel; and a sister in New Jersey. The family suggests memorials to Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)
LEONORA WISHNER, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 5. She was born in New York City and attended City College studying accounting and then attended Merchants and Bankers Business College. When her family was growing up she worked part-time as a comptometer operator for her brother-in-law’s accounting firm. After retirement she and her late husband Bernie split their time between New York City and McAllen, TX. where she became a volunteer in the gift ship at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. She later moved to New Jersey where she lived near her daughter Ellen. Survivors include her daughter and son-inlaw, Ellen and Lee Koppelman; two sisters, Selma Leegant and Bernice Fein; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (David C. gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)