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JERIL S. COHEN, 75, of Largo, died Oct. 20. During her lifetime, she was a magazine editor, school teacher, real estate agent, law office manager, councilwoman and water aerobics instructor. Survivors include her children, Rob, Katja, Eric, Brandon, Anna, Seth, Ross and Chloe; her brother Richard; her sister Mary; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple B’nai Israel. (Serenity Funeral Home)

CRAIG CUTSON, 52, of St. Petersburg, died Sept. 7. He was a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg and attended Hebrew school as a child at Temple Beth El and embraced Humanistic Judaism. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served with honor for six years and learned the welding profession. He was a master of high pressure pipe welding and nuclear welding. He then founded his own business, Construction Welding Inspections, CWI. Over this 25-year career, he belonged to the American Welding Society, he was a certified tower climber and rescuer; a certified welding inspector and contract inspector for the Florida Department of Transportation, bridge fabrication and highway overhead sign projects. His passions included his love of reading, animals and nature, entertaining and motorcycles. Survivors include his two sons, Zachery of Alaska, and Tayler of Boca Raton; his mother Aila Erman of St. Petersburg; his father Marvin Cutson of Clearwater; sister and brother-in-law, Jaana Cutson and Paul Rothenberg of Amherst, MA; his father’s second wife, Sonya and her two adult children, Angie and Eric.

ETHEL FELDMAN, 96, of Haverford, PA, formerly of Oldsmar, died Oct. 25. Born in Worcester, MA, she was a homemaker, award-winning duplicate bridge player and enjoyed gardening and golf. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Janie and Dr. Peter Gross; brother and sister-in-law Philip and Elaine Feldman; two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. The family suggests memorials be made to the InspireMoore Fund at the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

LILA B. LAWRENCE, 91, of Clearwater, died Nov. 1. She moved here in the early 1950s from her native New York City, with her late husband Howard. Longstanding members of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, she was a past president of its Sisterhood. She was a longtime volunteer at Morton Plant Hospital. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law David and Nancy Lawrence; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Barry Young; brother and sister-in-law Paul and June Bilgore; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memorials to Temple B’nai Israel, Temple Ahavat Shalom or Suncoast Hospice. (Curlew Hills Memory Gardens)

ESTHER M. REBACK, 87, of Clearwater, died Oct. 31. She was originally from Buffalo, NY. Survivors include her daughter Rochelle “Shelley” Reback; son and daughters-in-law, Robert and Brenda Reback, and Debra Reback; brother Sanford “Sam” Margulis and sister-in-law, Dorothy Margulis; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Planned Parenthood or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (Segal Funeral Home)

DR. MARVIN S. SUSSKIND, of St. Petersburg, died Oct. 29. Born in the Bronx, he was a United States Army veteran of World War II. After he worked for many years as an oral surgeon. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Deanna; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Tonya Susskind, and Jeff and Stella Susskind; and two grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

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