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MICHAEL L. GOLDBERGER, 67, of Clearwater, died Nov. 15. He grew up in Harrisburg PA and then moved to Lancaster, PA. Survivors include his sister, Susan Goldberger Ormont, of Massachusetts. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

ABRAHAM LUSKI, 89, of Charlotte, NC, died Nov. 20. He was born in Havana, Cuba and later moved to the United States. He was a successful businessman, generous in his philanthropic endeavors and a pioneer and leader in the Charlotte real estate and Jewish communities for more than 55 years. He was a long-time member of Temple Israel in Charlotte as well as a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. He and his wife, Rose, were married for 68 years before her death in September. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Rabbi Jacob and Joanne Luski, of St. Petersburg; David and Cathi Luski, of New York; daughter, Berta Straz, of Charlotte; brother and sister-in-law, Isaac and Sonia Luski, and sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and Daniel Kokiel; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled (ISCD) or Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. (Harry and Bryant Funeral Home)

MORRIS “MOISHE” SPOON, of Clearwater, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, died Nov. 24. Survivors include his wife, Janice; and his children, Risa and Arthur Asnen, Stanton and Janet Spoon and Micki Spoon; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the National Tay-Sachs and allied Diseases Association in Boston, MA. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

LILY (KAPPARI) VARON, 89, of Clearwater Beach, died Nov. 19. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and emigrated to Huancayo, Peru and eventually Lima, Peru. She was a leading member of the Peruvian Jewish community, and active in the sisterhood. She and her late husband Isaac moved to the United States in 1984 and settled in the Tampa Bay area. Committed to growth and self-improvement, she attended St. Petersburg Junior College in her 60s to receive her college degree. She was multicultural and multilingual, using her skills helping Haitian students from St. Petersburg Junior College find their homes in Florida. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law; José Varon and Phyllis Greene; Daniel and Marcela Varon, David and Carmen Varon, Isaac Varon Jr. and Sheila Varon; daughter and son-in-law, Corinne Varon-Green and Richard Green; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater or Hadassah. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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