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January 16, 2015  RSS feed

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ADELE RHODA GREENE, 94, of Tampa, died Jan. 3. She was a resident of Tampa for more than 70 years. She was a graduate of Rutgers University and retired from the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. She was a past president of B’nai B’rith Woman’s Association and a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa. Survivors include her children, Dr. Stuart Greene of Temple, TX, and Barbara Hoffmann; her sister, Cuchie Weissman of St. Petersburg; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

HENRY KAPLAN, 94, of Gulfport, died Jan. 1. Born in Savannah, GA, he was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Raye Jo Sachs Kaplan; daughters and sons-in-law, Chrissie and Arnold Karp, Sarah and John Epstein; sons and daughters-in-law, Joel and Victoria Kaplan and Adam Kaplan and Robin Sprague; brother, Max Kaplan; four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to the United States Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

PHILIP KIRBY, 85, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 8. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and worked for many years at the New York Times. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Shirley; daughter, Robin Kane; son and daughter-in-law, Hyde and Ilene Kirby; four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Metropolitan Opera. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

LOUISE BLAUSTEIN KLEIN, 80, died Nov. 27. Born in Bronx, NY, at a very young age she moved to Miami with her mother. She had an interest in travel and a passion for ballroom dancing. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

LOU ELLEN GIRARD SEIDENBERG, 87, of Largo, died Dec. 31. She and her late husband Henry “Buddy” Girard, co-founded Girard Jewelers, growing from one location in downtown St. Petersburg to a statewide chain of 12 stores. She was very active as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Elissa and Terry Hirsch; son, Jeffrey Girard; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to All Children’s Hospital. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

JILL KAREN STENZLER-ENGELMAN, 53, of Seminole, died Dec. 31. She grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ, and attended the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors from its nursing school. She was an educator for Hadassah’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program, which she brought to this area with Sophie Friedlander. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Dr. Greg Engelman; two daughters, Leigh and Aimee; her father, Mort Stenzler; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Alan Weisser, Robin and Jimmy Post; mother-in-law, Marcia Engelman; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Elana and Lee Perdeck, and Lisa and Stephen Levine. The family suggests memorials to Hadassah; see Page 19 for details. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ROCHELLE TATRAI-RAY, 46, of Largo, died Dec. 18. Born in Pittsburgh, she was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and then attended Duquesne University where she received her MA with honors. She moved here in 2002 from Pennsylvania and began work at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. She was the Chief Operating Officer for many years then in 2014 was named Chief Executive Officer. Survivors include two daughters, Marisa Ray and Selena Ray; two sisters, Gai-Linn Sitta and Dana Febbraro. The family suggests donations to one of several funds set up in her memory; see Page 9 for more information. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

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