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April 22, 2016  RSS feed

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BRUCE A BLUMENTHAL, 93, of Dunedin, died April 13. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and had been an auditor for the state government. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Nanci and John; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Susan; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)

MARJORIE KATZEFF BUCHMAN, 92, of Tampa, formerly of Charleston, WV, died April 15. She was a resident of Charleston until 1989, where she was a member of the B’nai Jacob Synagogue. She had been the administrative assistant, Economic Development Department to West Virginia’s Governors Arch Moore and Jay Rockefeller. After moving to Florida, she became a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor and she was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Joyce Katzeff of Uniontown, PA, and Rick and Elisa Katzeff of Oldsmar; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to B’nai Jacob Synagogue. (Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home)

ERWIN JACK HARRISON, 90, of Clearwater, died April 17. Born in New Haven, CT, he was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War ll. In the army, he worked as a technical sergeant, radio operator and aerial gunner with the 547th bomb squadron and the 384th bomb group. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and worked for many years as a manager in the alarm industry. He was a past president of B’nai B’rith in New Haven, past president of the Golda Meir Kent Jewish Center and a long-time board member at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. He was a frequent Shabbat greeter at the temple, where he was known as “Mr. Shabbat.” He also taught eighth grade Hebrew school and was a substitute teacher in the Pinellas County School system. Survivors include his children, Drew and Martha Harrison of St. Petersburg, Wendy and Mark Greenberg of Guilford, CT, and Amie and Rob Hauser of Clearwater; sister, Zelda Swirsky; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Reyna Harrison; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

SARAH NELL LACKEY KLEINMETZ, 80, of Largo, died April 18. A native of Cullman, AL, after school she moved to Detroit, where she worked for Federated Department Stores and later as a cosmetics buyer for the Handelsman Company. She and her late husband Jules moved to St. Petersburg in 1972. She eventually went back to retail and for almost 30 years was a boutique owner, as co-owner of The Added Touch in St. Petersburg, then adding another shop in Tampa, Sarah and Grete’s Clothes Friends. For almost 30 years as a boutique owner, she was known as a savvy businesswoman and one of the Tampa Bay area’s fashion leaders. Survivors include her children, Sheila (Jeff), Gwen (David) and Charlie (Cary); and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

BELLE PORTNOY, 72, of Tampa, died March 9. She was originally from Brooklyn, NY. Survivors include her husband Stuart; her daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and David Gemunder and Lori and Daniel Frenden; and six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

LESTER A. RATNER, 93, of Clearwater, died April 18. Born in Brooklyn, he was a U. S. Army veteran. He worked as a retail buyer for many years. Survivors include his wife Shirley; son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Beth Ratner; daughter and son-in-law Debra and Ronald Gettinger; and four grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

JACK H. SAMUELS, 90, of Clearwater, died April 13. He was the retired owner of an electronics business, and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his two daughters, Darlene and Joann. The family suggests memorials may be made to the music fund at Temple Beth-El in Boca Raton. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

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