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January 12, 2018  RSS feed
Obituaries

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Obituaries

ELIHU H. BERMAN, 95, of Clearwater, died Jan. 8. He was born in Hartford, CT and had served in the United States Navy. An active member of the Jewish community, he served on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County for many years and was a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. An attorney, he was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard College of Law. He started his career as an associate for Abraham Ribicoff. He practiced law in Hartford from 1948 through 1971, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Bar Journal. He was president of the Connecticut Zionist Region and of the Jewish National Fund counsel of Greater Hartford. In 1972, he moved to Tel Aviv, where he passed the bar. He worked as general counsel for the Eisenberg Group of companies through 1973. Upon returning from Israel, he relocated to Clearwater, where he practiced law until 2013. During this time, he was a member of Clearwater and Florida Bar Associations. In addition to being Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in civil trial law, he was also an associate professor at Stetson Law School. Survivors include his wife of 42 years Susan; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan and Myra Berman; daughter Rachel Rabinovitz; stepson and daughter-in-law Adam and Tiffanie Lopatin; stepdaughter and son-in-law Heidi and Curtis Kitzmiller; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

JOSEPH BOKHOR BITRAN, 92, of Seminole, died Jan. 10. He was born in Cairo, Egypt and had worked for many years as a purchasing manager in the mining industry. Survivors include his wife, Deborah. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ALLAN ROY BONILLA, 78, of South Pasadena, died Jan. 6. Survivors include his wife of 52 years Pat; two sons and daughters-in-law; Scott and Trisha Bonilla, and Jeff and Lisa Bonilla; and three grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg)

JEAN BRASEL, 83, of Clearwater, died Dec. 23. She was originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA and was a certified arbitrator. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

MUSSIE EIDELMAN, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 9. She was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States as an infant with her parents. She won scholarships to the Julliard School of Music as well as the Eastman School of Music. Later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. She was a cellist for many years in the Youngstown Symphony before moving to St. Petersburg. While living in St. Petersburg, she taught at Gibbs High School as well as Eckerd College. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Michael and Leila Eidelman, and Sylvan and Julie Eidelman; daughter and son-in-law Diane Eidelman and Nathan Baum; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggests memorials to Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ARLENE EDYTHE FIEL, 85, of Largo, died Dec. 15. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the owner of a candy story. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sheryl and Larry Feinman, Robyn Fiel, and Kathi and Steven Kauffman; along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

MORTON FLAX, 97, of Clearwater, died Dec. 20. He was born in Washington, D.C. and served in the United States Army. (David c. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

ELAINE HIRSHFIELD GOTLER, 82, of Clearwater, died Dec. 18. Born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Hillside, NJ and moved to Jacksonville, and then later to Tampa. She was a real estate broker for many years, then returned to college, receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both from the University of South Florida. She then worked as an educator with children with special needs in the Tampa public school system and with college students at Hillsborough Community College. She was a long-time member of Hadassah and of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, active in its Sisterhood and as part of the Hillel School of Tampa in its early years. Later she was a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 46 years Leonard; daughter and son-in-law Tara and Richard Rogachefsky; son Steven Gotler and son and daughter-in-law Ross and Rachel Gotler; sister Barbara Margol; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater or to Cedars- Sinai in Los Angeles. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

ALBERT GRINBERG, 87, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 4. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

LILLIAN KLEIN, 93, of Clearwater, died Dec. 17. She was originally from Brooklyn, NY. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

SHEILA KNAPP, 87, died Dec. 20. She was born in New York and had owned a title company. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

AUDREY MAE WHITMAN LEDERMAN, died Jan. 6. Prior to moving here, she lived in Pittsburgh and Miami. She volunteered with many organizations including Hospice/Empath where she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. She was a clown known as “Ladybug,” visiting patients in hospitals and nursing homes. She had been a teacher of gifted students and teachers and wrote manuals for gifted education and she was a camp counselor. Survivors include her children Jan Craig, Don Barry and Donna Riley, Sue Lederman LaNeve and Don LaNeve; sister and brother-in-law Barb Whitman Cohn and Larry Grand of Atlanta; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be sent to organizations that benefit children. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

DAVINA RIFE, 70, died Dec. 31. She was born in Philadelphia and worked as a human resources officer for many years. (David C. Gross funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

HARRY S. ROSEN, 90, of Treasure Island, died Dec. 12. He was born in Memphis, TN, and served in the United States Navy. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

ELLA SCHLANGER, of South Pasadena, died Dec. 14. Born in Czechoslovakia, she worked for many years as a registered nurse and apartment manager. Survivors include her son David Schlender of St. Petersburg; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Inez Schlanger; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

EDWIN HAROLD SHAPIRO, 92, of St. Petersburg, died Jan. 8. Born in Baltimore, he was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he and his late wife Janet settled in Annapolis, MD, where he owned and operated a popular tavern and a dry cleaner. He and his family moved to St. Petersburg in 1974, where he was a contractor, building affordable homes. He was an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel, where he was a Minyanaire for his regular attendance daily morning and/or evening services. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law David and Robin Shapiro; daughters and son-in-law, Lauren and Scott Zimmerman, and Susan Haskel; sister and brother-in-law Janet and Sheldon Leibowitz; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. The family suggests memorials to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Family Funds at www.vfw.com or Wounded Warrior Family Support at www.wwfs.org. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, St. Petersburg Chapel)

The Jewish Press publishes obituaries as a public service at no charge in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County based on information supplied by the family to the funeral home. However, the information contained in the free obituary is at the discretion of the Jewish Press.


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