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September 23, 2016  RSS feed

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SYLVIA G. BROWN, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Sept. 13. Born in the Bronx, NY, she worked as a secretary for both the North Miami-Dade School System and in the office of her son, Dr. Les Brown. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Les and Carmen Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Ronnie and Steve Singer; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel).

DAVID S. COHEN, 77, of St. Petersburg died Sept. 17. Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, he was a member of Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg. He and wife Michelle were co-owners of a shipping business for many years. He previously worked in ladies ready-to-wear as a corporate sales representative for many clothing lines. He was involved in many business and community activities. In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons and daughter-in law, Meier Lance and Stephen (Stephanie); and daughter and son-in-law Allison Cohen (Todd Farquhar) and four grandchildren. The family suggests donations to the Periwinkle Foundation, (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel).

BARBARA CORES, 68, of Clearwater died Sept. 9. Born in Pennsylvania, she was a retired flight attendant. Survivors include her son, Ari Cores, and daughter Amy Cores. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel).

JEROME GRANOFF, 87, of Clearwater, died Sept.8. Born in Laredo, TX, he was a men’s clothier. Survivors include two daughters. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater chapel).

KINGDON “KING” HELIE, 78, of New Port Richey, died on Sept. 18. Born in New Haven, CT, his family relocated from Sanford, ME, to Homestead in 1952. He graduated from South Dade High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. He received a bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Florida in 1964 and a master’s in city planning from Georgia Tech in 1968. Beginning in 1964, King was a project director for the Atlanta Regional Metropolitan Planning Commission; senior planner for Fulton County, GA; planning director, Orange County, FL; and the joined EDG Group in Altamonte Springs. He was founder and owner of the King Helie Planning Group, Inc. in Winter Park and in 1979 the business relocated to Pasco County. His expertise included providing testimony in eminent domain cases. He was a longtime member of Temple Ahavat Shalom. He served on many Pasco County governmental advisory boards including the Southwest Florida Water Management District Basin Board, and several non-profit organizations including the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, BayCare Behavioral Health, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. He was co-founder of the Hudson Seafest, a past director of the Concourse Council, a member of Leadership Tampa Bay and the Seven Springs Rotary Club. He was also owner and broker of Port of Hudson Real Estate Co, Inc. In 1993, he was named King Pithla of the Chasco Fiesta. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Paul DuFresne; son and daughter-in-law Gunnar and Jenny Helie; brother, Leonard Helie; stepson and daughter-in-law Sandy and Amanda Pollack; stepdaughter and son-in-law Tammy and David Strauss; four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; a great-grandson and a step-great-granddaughter. The family suggests memorial donations to Temple Ahavat Shalom, Gulfside Regional Hospice, or a cause of your choice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

Rose Luski, 89, of Charlotte, NC, died Sept. 15. She was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to the U.S. in the early ‘60s. She was a long-time member of Temple Israel in Charlotte as well as a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Abraham and two sons and daughters-in-law, Rabbi Jacob and Joanne Luski of St. Petersburg; David and Cathi Luski of New York; and a daughter, Berta Straz of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial donations to Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710 or the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled at (Harry & Bryant Funeral Home, Charlotte)

DR. ROBERT KELLER, 81, of Safety Harbor, died Sept. 11. A longtime member of Temple B’nai Israel, he and his family moved to Clearwater in 1965 after his honorable discharge from the Air Force. During his 30-years as an obstetrician and gynecologist, he was responsible for delivering thousands of babies, was Chief of Staff at Clearwater Community Hospital and head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morton Plant Hospital. After retiring from private practice, he worked for two years at an Indian Service Hospital in Oklahoma. He returned to Clearwater and subsequently worked in the women’s clinics at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital and MacDill Air Force Base. Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Joan; four children, Allisyn, Mitchell, Matthew, and Jennifer, and 10 grandchildren. The family suggests memorial donations to Temple B’nai Israel Sheila Weinstock Youth Scholarship Fund. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)

MARIYA L. LANDO, 94, of Clearwater, died Sept. 5. She was born in Belarus and lived in the Soviet Union for 72 years, where she worked as a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist. In 1994, she with her daughter and their family arrived in Boston, as refugees. In 2006 she moved to Clearwater. Survivors include her children, Nina Lando and Pavel Lando; son-in-law, Leonid Tsilker; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

BARRY M. MOGIL, 86, of St. Petersburg died Sept. 12. He was the former director of Emergency Communications/ 911 for Pinellas County and a team leader for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. A pioneer in the EMS industry, he started his career driving ambulances in 1949. He worked different jobs including home diaper delivery, insurance, sales, reserve police, Red Cross and finally, in 1971, began dispatching for Florida Ambulance, eventually becoming general manager of the company. He won numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary awards. He loved golf and had a hole in one in 1968. He was a fan of the Florida Gators fan and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, administering oxygen to the Bucs for 21 years. He was one of the creators and teachers of Basic Emergency Training for the Pinellas County Schools. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Shirley; son and daughter-in-law Steve (Deborah); daughters and son-law Deb Mogil (Taylor Davis) and Cheri Chase; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the SPC Foundation, PO Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, or online at foundation for creation of a scholarship fund to benefit EMS students. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

MIA YAEL VARON, infant daughter of Isaac Varon, a former local resident, and Katherine Procopovich, died Sept. 12, in Davie. Along with her parents, she is survived by her grandparents including grandmother Lilly Varon of Clearwater. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

HERMAN WALDMAN, 92, of St. Pete Beach, died Sept. 11. Born in the Bronx, NY, he was a graduate of City College of New York, Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University, where he earned an Ed.D. in psychology. He was a licensed psychologist with postgraduate training in psychoanalysis and hypnosis. He was on the board of directors of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and a member of the American Psychological Association. He had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and later Rockland County, NY, where he also spent many years as chief psychologist of Rockland Psychiatric Center. He and his late wife, Helga- Maria Bejach, lived in Pearl River, NY, before retiring to Florida in 1989. The couple lived in Gulfport, before moving to St. Pete Beach. He was a supporter and volunteer at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Hilary Waldman and Joe O’Brien of Connecticut, and Bev and Dr. Harlan Rich of Rhode Island; six grandchildren and companion, Lisl Schick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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 or send to PO Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758. Be sure to include contact information.

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