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January 27, 2017  RSS feed

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JUDY PLOTKA APPELBAUM, 59, of Tierra Verde, died Jan. 15. She was born in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She held sales and marketing roles with IBM, Nynex and Computerland. She was a longtime volunteer with the Art Festival Beth-El and also the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Roy; daughter, Ali; mother, Thelma “Toots” Plotka; two brothers, Phillip Plotka and Marshall Plotka, brother and sister-in-law Evan and Michelle Plotka. The family suggests memorials be made to Ali’s American Cancer Society, Relay for Life. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

INGRID MARGUERITE BABIS, 91, of Clearwater, died Jan. 21. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Hiatt, and daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Donatello; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

SOFYA GRINBERG, 55, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 12. Born in the Ukraine, she was a registered nurse. Survivors include her husband, Aleksander. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

LILLIAN HALPERN, 106, of St. Pete Beach, died Jan. 9. She was born in the Bronx, NY, and was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Allan

(Gene) Halpern, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

LARRY LEVY, 66, died Jan. 14. Born in Manhattan, he was raised in Fairlawn, NJ. He was a Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Army. He recently retired after 45 years in the retail tire/automotive industry. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Maureen Brown Levy; son, Dr. Jason Levy; daughter and son-in-law, Marissa and Steve Insolia; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Lindsay Levy; sister and brother-in-law Debra and Ivan Pinkas; and two grandchildren. (Trinity Memorial Gardens)

AMY PLOTKIN, 51, of Coconut Creek, died Jan. 20. A lifelong Floridian, she was born in Dade County and was a 1986 graduate of Countryside High School. A participant and award winner in Special Olympics for many years, she was also an avid bowler. Survivors include her sisters and brothers in-law, Karen and Michael Wetmore and Bracha and John Laster; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ben and Sheila Plotkin and Loren and Julie Plotkin. The family suggests donations be made to ARC, Special Olympics, Association for Jewish Special Educations, Global Down Syndrome Foundation (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

HERBERT C. SCHWARTZ, 90, of New Port Richey, died Jan. 8. He was born in Chicago and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He lived in Chicago and Los Angeles following his service and moved to Clearwater in 1953 to become a contractor, starting Schwartz Construction, Inc. Active in the community, he served on various boards and volunteered for Temple B’nai Israel, Golda Meir Center, Long Center, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater for Youth, CARES and his neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He was a member of the Masons and Scottish Rite. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mavis; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Deanna Schwartz, of Munroe Falls, OH; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to local food banks or to no kill animal shelters. (Neptune Society)

LEONA S. SOLOMON, 95, of Bradenton, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 12. Survivors include two sons, Errol H. Solomon and Ned Solomon. The family suggests memorials to your local Hadassah Chapter. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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