LESTER WISHNATZKI - 96 – A Wonderful Man -
LAKELAND - Lester Wishnatzki, of Lakeland, Florida, passed quietly on May 19, 2013, of natural causes. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 18, 1917.
He is survived by his daughters Elinor Klivans of Camden, Maine and Susan Dunning of Ludlow, Vermont, 3 grandchildren, Laura Williams and her husband Michael of Vienna, Va., Peter Klivans and his wife Kate Steinheimer of San Francisco, Ca., and Joshua Jennings and his wife Aja Zoechlein of Northfield, Vt., 9 great grandchildren, and his brother-in-law and wife, Howard and Kat Grossman.
Lester was a loving husband to Selma Grossman from March 13, 1938 until her death in 2008. Lester graduated NYU with a business major and moved to Lakeland in 1938 to work with his father operating, with his brother Joe, The Wishnatzki and Nathel Packing Co. (now Wish Farms) in Plant City until his retirement. Lester was an active member of the community, a member of Temple Emanuel, and a generous supporter of many charities. A few of his acknowledgements include a book from Webster's Growers Association of Farmers dedicated to him, an award from (inducted into) The Tampa Bay Area Business Hall of Fame Business Man of the Year, recognized as Philanthropists of the Year along with Selma in 2006 by Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College.
Lester supported many organizations and charities some of which include: Florida Southern College, Temple Emanuel, Polk Museum of Art, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Lakeland Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, Central Florida Speech and Learning Center, All Saints School, Harrison School of the Arts, Pace Center for Girls, Lakeland Regional Medical Center including donating a room in the Palliative Care Unit, and a Media Room at Lakeland Cancer Center.
The Funeral service will be held at Temple Emanuel in Lakeland at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, with interment following at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Temple Emanuel, Pace Center for Girls, or your favorite charity – Ledger, May 21 & 22, 2013
>SELMA RUTH WISHNATZKI – 88 -
LAKELAND - Mrs. Selma Ruth Wishnatzki passed away on March 8, 2008 due to complications from Alzheimer's.
She was born as Selma Ruth Grossman on April 22, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY. Selma met her future husband, Lester, in high school. They were high school sweethearts. She and Lester moved from Brooklyn to Lakeland in 1938, the year they were married. Selma and Lester raised two daughters, Elinor and Susan.
Selma was deeply involved volunteering in community activities. She gave tirelessly of her time and energy. She was particularly active in fundraising for the Polk Museum of Art and for cancer charities throughout her 18 years as chairperson of the Put Out Cancer Tournament at Lone Palm Golf Club. She also supported many other organizations, including the United Way during its early years in the community. She has served on the council for Florida House since its inception. Selma was president of Temple Emanuel Sisterhood for one year and president of Hadassah for two years. She also served on the regional board of Hadassah. She and Lester joined Temple Emanuel in 1938 when they moved to Lakeland. Selma received the First Lifetime Achievement Award from the Polk Museum of Art in 1996. She and Lester received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Temple Emanuel in 1997. She was honored as Lakeland's Woman of the Year in 1988. Selma was an avid golfer and was "Member of the Year" at Lone Palm Golf Club in 1998.
Selma is survived by her loving husband, Lester, daughters, Elinor Klivans of Maine and Susan Wishnatzki of Vermont, sisters, Elaine Wolfson of Lakeland, FL, Mindy Frankel of California, Myra Marashisky of Long Island, NY, brother, Howard Grossman of California, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. at Temple Emanuel with interment to follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or the American Cancer Society . – Ledger, March 10, 2008