Jewish Press of Pinellas County


ANN GARFES BLUMENCRANZ, 75, of Clearwater, died March 3. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dr. Peter Blumencranz; five children, Brett (Alex), Lisa (Jill), Jennifer (Martin), Debbie (Glen), Todd (Robin); and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Ann G. Blumencranz Memorial Fund, c/o Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation, 1200 Druid Road S., Clearwater, FL 33756. (Moss Feaster Funeral Home)

BARRY DEBOWSKY, 76, of Largo, died Feb. 26. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he served in the US Navy from 1962-1966 on the USS Joseph Strauss. He married his high school sweetheart, Helene, in 1968 and they moved to Largo in 1976 and started an office equipment business. In recent years he ran a home improvement business and was also a part time EMT at Morton Plant Hospital. He was an active member at Temple B’nai Israel for 45 years. He

was also a volunteer at the temple and the Clearwater Free Clinic. Survivors include his wife Helene; children Stuart (Shari) Debowsky, and Bryan (Michelle) Debowsky; sister Arlene (Bernie) Cohen and four grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Home)

JERRY RAWICKI, 94, of Seminole, died Feb. 22. A Holocaust survivor, he was a teen in the Warsaw Ghetto where he helped smuggle children out to safety, bartered for food and intel to help the resistance, and used his speed, gymnastics, smarts and luck to evade capture time and again. After the war, he moved to Pittsburgh, where he met his late wife Helene and started a family and an optical business. He relocated to Seminole where through lectures, videos and work with the Florida Holocaust Museum he promoted peace and tolerance. He co-authored multiple academic articles, invented devices for opticians and wrote a novel. Survivors include two children, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. (David C. Gross Funeral Home)

ROBERT WARSAW, 95, of St. Petersburg, died Feb. 26. Born in Chicago, he was a veteran. He became a salesman in bridal clothing. Survivors include his daughter, Jeanne Warsaw. (David C. Gross Funeral Home)

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