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July 15, 2016  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Obituaries

FRED A. BUNS, 92, of St. Pete Beach, died July 9. Born in Baltimore, he moved here in 1983 after living in Gainesville, and Alexandria, VA. A longtime retail and real estate entrepreneur, he was engaged in many aspects of life within the community. His family were founding members of Congregation B’nai Israel of Gainesville. He was an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, serving in many capacities, including as treasurer, cemetery committee member and new building committee member. He was instrumental in funding the library, preschool, Ner Tamid, Tree of Life and the Buns Technology Fund. He was also a member of the CBI Mitzvah Men’s Club and TOP Jewish Foundation. He was a supporter of Chabad of St. Petersburg. In Alexandria, he supported Agudas Achim Congregation. He was a United States Navy veteran, a Mason and a Shriner. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Smith-Buns; two sons and daughters in-law, Jack and Judy Buns, and Phillip and Rachel Buns; two daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Charles Cabiac, and Ethel Buns; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Buns Technology Fund at Congregation B’nai Israel, Chabad of St. Petersburg, or Suncoast Hospice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg)

ESTHER FORMAN, 91, of St. Petersburg, died June 24. She was born in New Bedford, MA. In high school she excelled at bookkeeping and math, while after school she worked at the candy counter at Woolworth’s. Following World War II, she married and worked parttime as a bookkeeper. In 1966 when her husband unexpectedly died, she went to work full time and advanced to office supervisor for a major clothing manufacturing company. She retired in 2004 and moved to St. Petersburg. Survivors include her daughter, Melissa; son, David; and three grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

MYRNA B. GREENFIELD, 69, of Oldsmar, died June 11. She was born in Hewlett, NY, and worked for many years as a bookkeeper. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

ANDREW J. MORRIS, 51, of Palm Harbor, died June 15. He moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1976 from his native New York. He was co-owner of Fibre Tech Incorporated, a pool remodeling company. Survivors include his mother, Myra Kaye, of Countryside; brother, Scott Morris, of Oldsmar. The family suggests memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

JANET GREENBERG ROOT, 80, of Tampa, died June 14. She grew up in Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School. She attended the University of Maryland, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After marriage to Dr. Allen Root, they moved to Rochester, NY, where she was an elementary school teacher. Later they moved to Philadelphia, where she served as a volunteer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1973, the family moved to Florida, where she became involved with establishing an Arts and Humanities Department at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. She was a life member of the Shorecrest Board of Trustees and received the school’s first honorary diploma in May 2016. She was the chairperson of the Education Committee at the Salvador Dali Museum, where she also served as vice-president of the Board of Trustees. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Dr. Allen Root; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Jonathan Root and Betsy Blumenthal, and Dr. Michael Root and Dr. Carrie Sims; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Jennifer Mayer and Dr. Peter Mayer; brother and sister-in-law, Jerome and Myra Greenberg; and seven grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the State of the Arts Fund, Shorecrest Preparatory School or to the Education Fund, Dali Museum. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel).

BEATRICE “BEA” WALLACE, 83, of St. Petersburg, died July 3. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was a life member of both Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg and Hadassah. She and her late husband Phil were involved in the local theater community, where they both served at the St. Petersburg Little Theater for many years. She enjoyed sculpting and one of her creations titled “Simchat Torah” was featured in Hadassah magazine, and some of her sculptures in clay are still on display. She also started her own successful giftware business. Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law; Michael and Mavis Wallace, and Mark Wallace; and one granddaughter. The family suggests memorials to Congregation B’nai Israel or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

STUART LEE WEINBERG, 83, of Clearwater, died July 10. Survivors include his wife, Tobby Weinberg (nee Rabinovitz); two daughters and sons-inlaw, Phyllis and Barry Dublin, and Randi and Ed Dole; sister, Joan Berman; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

Jewish Press obituary policy

Obituaries of Jewish community members, both local residents and individuals whose survivors live in the area, are published as a FRE public service in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County, based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. Informaiton may also be submitted directly in writing to the Jewish Press. Email to jewishpress@aol.com or send to PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include contact information. The information contained in the published obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press.


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