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December 19, 2014  RSS feed

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LOUIS BALOGH, 86, of Palm Harbor, died Dec. 9. Survivors include his wife Irma; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and John, Debbie and David and Donna and Rick; and five grandchildren. (Bay Pines National Cemetery)

GERALD C. LEVIN, 83, of St. Petersburg, died Dec. 10. Born in the Bronx, NY, he was the retired owner of an automobile dealership. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons and daughters in law; Ira and Shirley, Kenneth and Samantha and Barry; brother, Paul; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and David Weinfeld; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

GHITA LEVINE-KISSIN, 79, of St. Petersburg, died Dec. 4. Born in Berlin, she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree and worked much of her professional life as a journalist, lecturer and activist. For many years, she also worked in public relations at several universities and organizations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Teresa Brandon; daughter Deborah Levine-Hughes; sister Monica Harris, brother David Neufeld. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

HELGA R. HEISSFELD, 90, of St. Petersburg, died Dec. 5. Born in Vienna, Austria, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her two sons; Bernie Heissfeld and Paul Heissfeld. The family suggests memorials may be made to Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ANDREW JAMES POLLACK, 54, died Dec. 7. Born in Clearwater, he graduated from Clearwater High School and the University of Florida. He was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and was a mentor and participant in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. He worked for the University of Florida Sports Information Department and then as a producer of live sports events including SEC competitions and Braves games for Fox Sports South, for which he was awarded three Emmys. Survivors include his mother, Reina Nuernberger; father, Loren Pollack and his wife, Joy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Paul Barry, Edye and Hagai Nechmad, Jodi and Joey McKinney; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Mindy Pollack. The family suggests memorials to the Big Brother/Big Sister Organization of Metro Atlanta, the Leukemia Research Foundation or the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.

Harold Y. Wolfson , 89, of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday, Dec. 21. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, he was a grocer before moving here in 1959 to go into the home-building industry. In 1963, he bought Harold’s Market, which he and his late wife, Gert, operated until 1988. Although he retired from the grocery business, he continued to work as production manager of the Jewish Press, a job he did faithfully as a volunteer for the rest of his life. He was a World War II veteran, serving at the Battle at Remagen Bridge. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. A longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticketholder, he was to be honored for his military service as the “Hero of the Game” by the Bucs on Dec. 28. He was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg for more than 50 years and a former member of B’nai B’rith. He was a league bowler and played in a weekly poker game. His hobby was flying remote-control airplanes and he was a founding member of the SPARKS RC Club. Survivors include his companion, Leatrice Tucker; his children and their spouses, Steve and Penny Wolfson, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Karen and Jim Dawkins of Largo; Mark and Julia Wolfson of Treasure Island; and Ellen and Manny Valladares of Weston; grandchildren and spouses, Sam and Julie Wolfson of Littleton, CO; Andrea Wolfson of Washington, DC, Sacha Wolfson, Falene and Mike Raina, Tim and Abbey Martin, Jocelyn Martin and Nathan, all of Regina and Chandra Morton of Quebec; Rachel Dawkins of St. Petersburg, Jeremy and Jenny Dawkins of Orlando, Aaron and Nicole Wolfson of Seminole, Jonathan Wolfson of Tampa; Gabriel Valladares and Michael Valladares, both of Weston; two sisters, Bette Schroeder of St. Petersburg and Lorraine Denenberg of Mountain View, CA; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorials to Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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