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May 8, 2015  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Obituaries

DOROTHY COHEN, 95, of Tampa, died April 28. She was born in New York City and moved to Florida in 1958. She was active in human and social services and served as a board member with Tampa Jewish Family Services, the Florida Holocaust Museum and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. She was a life member of Hadassah and a Lion of Judah for 14 years with the Tampa Federation. She was a founding member of Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg, a supporter of Israel Bonds, a member of Congregation B’nai Israel and a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa since 1990. She received recognition for civic service from United Way, American Cancer-Lung Assoc., AIDS Coalition and Hospice. Survivors include her children, Gary Cohen and partner Patricia, and Andrew and April Cohen; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Rodeph Sholom. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

ROBERT B. EDELSON SR., 93, of Clearwater, died May 3. He was born in Milwaukee, WI and served in the Coast Guard in Savannah, GA onboard the Buoy Tender Primrose. He retired after 35 years as a powerhouse-operating engineer from Pabst Brewing Co. in Peoria Heights, IL. Survivors include his children, son, David (Lorrie); daughters, Susan (Leon) Gordon and Nancy Edelson; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. The family suggests memorials to the charity of your choice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

JEROME M. “JERRY” GILBERT, 92, of St. Petersburg, died May 2. A native of St. Petersburg, he was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and the University of Florida. He served overseas in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. In 1946, following his service, and just married, he and his wife opened Gilbert Jewelers of downtown St. Petersburg, which remained open for more than 65 years. He was one of the founding members and a past president of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Thelma; sons, Mark (Janet Arnold) and Scott; two granddaughters, Candace and Kimberly Gilbert. The family suggests memorials may be made to PARC (www.parc-fl.org). (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

MARGUERITE HAZEN, 99, of St. Petersburg, died April 20. She formerly lived in Nashville for 30 years and was an adjunct faculty member of University of Tennessee-Nashville for French literature and language. For many years, she volunteered as a patient advocate at St. Thomas and Vanderbilt Hospitals and was a docent at Cheekwood Art and Gardens. In her 50s, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA and earned her M.A. She also lived in New York, California, Kentucky, Italy and Switzerland. Survivors include her daughters Lesley (Robert) Kamenshine, of Gaithersburg, MD, and Soleil Simone, of St. Petersburg; one granddaughter. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ETTA ‘YETTA’ KLEPACK, 99, of St. Petersburg, died April 21. Survivors include her three daughters, Lynne Acevedo (Luis), Sandy Pepe (Tony) and Iris Tremaine; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and seven greatgreat grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Menorah Manor Foundation. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

PHYLLIS Y. LAPIDUS, 84, of St. Petersburg, died April 29. Survivors include her daughters; Susan Bruce, Pam Borden, Leslie Fleming; son, David Lapidus; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Aaron Applefield; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

DR. MELVIN ROBINSON, 90, of Parrish, died Dec. 5. Born in Shenandoah, PA, he later moved to New York prior to entering the U.S. Army as a combat medic during World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a Bronze Star. He later attended Temple University, receiving an undergraduate degree, he then attended Hahnemann Medical College, served his internship at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando, followed by a one year residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, and a two-year residency at Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville. He practiced obstetrics/gynecology in St. Petersburg for 40 years, where he was one of the founders of Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He also served as chief of surgery there, as well as at St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Doris; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Mary- Anne Robinson; three daughters, Judy Robinson, Erin Robinson and Maureen Robinson. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or to Tidewell Hospice. (Allan Moore Funeral Home)

DIANE GREEN SHNIDER, 92, of Belleair, formerly of St. Petersburg, died April 19. She was a longtime resident of Pinellas County and a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. The family suggests memorials to the Julius Green Scholarship Fund at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

SANDY G. SIEGAL, 77, of Largo, died April 24. She was born in New Orleans and moved to this area in 1986 from Birmingham, AL. She was a past member of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, a member of the Newcomers Club, also in Palm Harbor, and a lifetime member of Hadassah. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Terry; son, Roy and his partner, Nancy Kramer, of Largo; daughter, Judy and her partner, Lisa Hiebert, of Clearwater; daughter Debbie and her husband, Tim Madden, of Seminole; sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Harvey Bergman, of Cincinnati; four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Arthritis Foundation. (Serenity Funeral Home)

LOUIS D. ZONENBLIK, 83, of Pinellas Park, died April 21. He was born in Chicago, and had served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Barbara; sons, Jeff (Cindy) and Ron (Debbie); daughter, Wendy Scholl; four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

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The Jewish Press publishes obituaries of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, as a free public service.


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