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>HARRY H. GASSON -  83 - Certified Life Underwriter
BOYNTON BEACH - Mr. Harry Gasson who was a Lakeland resident from 1977 to 1998, passed away on July 23 at 5:55 p.m. He was born in Chicago on Jan. 24, 1925, and graduated from the University of Illinois, class of 1947. He sold insurance, but his true love was teaching, mentoring, and public service. He helped build, found, and was past president of Temple Beth Shalom in Satellite Beach; member Temple Emanuel, Lakeland; and member Temple Beth Shalom, Winter Haven. He was a member of Citrus Kiwanis, Brevard County Family Services Board, and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. He was also a member of B'nai B'rith and an associate member of Hadassah.  His greatest joy was his family, beginning with his four children, and extending to his stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He had a love of life and a great sense of humor and integrity. He had a passion for travel, which he indulged with his first wife, Rosalie, who passed away in 1993, and for the past 14 years, with his beloved wife Sandy. He will be missed by all who knew him. >In addition to his wife Sandy, he is survived by his children and their spouses: Karen (Rob Maline), Alexandria, VA., William (Rochel), Pittsburgh, PA., David (Ellen), Bridgewater, MA., Jonathan (Diane), Novato, CA.; stepson Jay (Debbie Adleman); stepdaughter Amy (David Zorn); grandchildren: Aaron, Emma, Jonah, Robin, Charlie, Eli, Moshe, Raizel, Sara, Olivia, Michelle, Brittany, Andrew, Jocelyn, Rebecca, Stephanie, Dirreck, and Scott; great grandchildren: Megan, Mora, Michael, Marcus, and Madison. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Friday) in the Temple Emmanuel Section of Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland. –Ledger, July 25, 2008
>HELEN RIVELI GOLDBERG – 94 - Teacher
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Helen Riveli Goldberg of Lakeland died of congestive heart failure Saturday (April 15, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born March 22, 1912, in Lithuania, Mrs. Goldberg moved to Lakeland from Eveleth, Minn., 28 years ago.  She worked as a teacher and homemaker. She attended Temple Emanuel, Lakeland. She was a lifetime member of the Hadassah.  > Mrs. Goldberg was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Goldberg.  >She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Felder, Highland Park, Tamara Serebrin, Lakeland; and four grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Gentry-Morrison Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel. – Ledger, April 17, 2006
>JULES GROSSFIELD- 89 -  Citrus Grove Owner
LAKELAND -- Mr. Jules Grossfield of Lakeland died of heart failure Saturday (April 17, 2004) at home. Born in New York on May 13, 1914, he came to Lakeland from New Jersey in 1957. He was a retired citrus grove owner. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Jewish. He attended Temple Emanuel. > Mr. Grossfield was preceded in death by his first wife, Belle Grossfield.  >He is survived by his wife, Edith Bradman; sons, Neal Grossfield, Lakeland, and Jeffrey Grossfield, Tampa; sister, Ruth Pollock, Pompano Beach; and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home.-Ledger,April 20, 2004
>IRVING MARTIN GROSS – 85 -     (Ledger, May 25, 2010)
MULBERRY - Irving Gross died of lung cancer 5/22/10. Graveside service, Tues., at Temple Emanuel at Oak Hill Burial Park. Whidden-McLean F.H. – 
>MARLENE JOYCE CREGO  HOFFMAN – 68 - State of Florida
SILVER SPRINGS, MD. - Marlene Joyce Hoffman, formerly of Lakeland, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 in Silver Springs, MD of cancer. She was born August 12, 1938 in Pontiac, Michigan to Archie and Blanche Klein Crego and moved to Lakeland in 1985 from California. Marlene was a substance abuse counselor for the State of Florida and retired in 1989. > She is preceded in death by her father and a daughter, Debra Hoffman. > Marlene is survived by her mother, Blanche Crego ;  sons, Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman and his wife, Ziva of Silver Springs, MD and Todd Hoffman and his wife, Susan of Largo, FL; a sister, Junis Zumberg of Lansing, MI and seven grandchildren. Lakeland.     .  Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday at Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland - with Rabbi Eddie Fox officiating. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Dukes-Steen Chapel, of Lansing, MI;  Ledger, May 12, 2007 
>SAMUEL LEVY - 85 -
Lakeland - Samuel Levy, died Wed. of heart failure. > Survived by his loving family. Services 12 noon Fri. Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Dukes-Steen Chapel, Lakeland. – Ledger, Aug. 30, 2007
>MR. ROBERT LEVITT – 88 - Army Colonel
TAMPA -- Mr. Robert Levitt of Tampa, formerly of Lakeland, died of heart failure Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) at St. Joseph's Hospital. Born in New York, he received his B.A. and M.A. from City College of New York. He was a retired U.S. Army colonel, and a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a graduate of the Advanced Infantry College. After a military career of 30 years, he was the registrar at Florida Southern College, also the director of admissions at the University of South Florida for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Reserve Officers Association, National Association of Uniformed Services, Jewish War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. For more than 30 years, he was a member of Temple Emanuel, Lakeland; and an officer of the congregation.  >  Mr. Levitt is survived by his wife, Selma Levitt, Tampa; sons, Myles H. Levitt, St. Petersburg, Mark E. Levitt, Tampa; stepson, Robert Rosenthal, Tampa; stepdaughter, Razel Wolf, Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Eleanor Brilliant, New Jersey; and nine grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at Temple Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa. Interment will follow at 12 noon at Temple Emanuel Cemetery in Lakeland with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lifepath Hospice, or Temple Schaarai Zedek. Beth David Funeral Chapel, Tampa. –Ledger, Feb.3, 2003
>RALPH KOCHAN -  86 -
CLEARWATER - Ralph Kochan, passed away, Thursday, July 19 at Morton Plant Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Kochan was formerly a longtime resident of Polk County. He was active in the Shriners and the Winter Haven Masonic Lodge and had served in the Coast Guard during WWII. He and his wife of 64 years, Iris Rose, had been members of Temple Emanuel of Lakeland and B'nai B'rith.  >Mr. Kochan is survived by his wife; daughters, Jane Kochan and Joan Kochan, son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Janeen Kochan, grand-daughter Kimberly Tassone; and sister Florence Fingerhut.  A family service was held on Friday, July 20, 2007.  Donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children and Hadassah Medical Center in lieu of flowers. – Ledger, July 22, 2007
>MRS. MINNIE EAGLE – 80 -  Retail Sales  -   Ledger, Nov. 4, 2004
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Minnie Eagle of Lakeland died of heart failure Tuesday (Nov. 2, 2004) at Highland Lakes Center. Born in New York on Sept. 1, 1924, she came to Lakeland from North Miami in 1996. She was a retired retail saleswoman. She was a member of Temple Emanuel of Lakeland. > Mrs. Eagle is survived by her daughters, Joy Levitin, Arlene Baunoehl, both of Lakeland; brother, Ben Dortch, Seattle; four grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Friday at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home –
>LILLIAN K.  DUBIN – 92  - Administrative Secretary
NALCREST -- Mrs. Lillian Dubin of Nalcrest died of complications due to old age Monday (March 10, 2003) at Winter Haven Health and Rehab. Born in Minsk, Russia, on July 9, 1910, she came to Nalcrest from New York in 1965. She was a retired administrative secretary in the hotel industry. She was a member of Temple Emanuel.
> Mrs. Dubin is survived by her daughter, Sally Oster, Rochester, N.Y.; brother, Hyman Kusnetz, Brooklyn, N.Y.; one granddaughter. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home - Ledger, March 13, 2003
>ELAINE HARRIET DRIBBON – 74 -
LAKELAND - Elaine Harriet Dribbon, of Lakeland, died November 6, 2009 due to cancer. She was born July 7, 1935 in Roselle, NJ to Henry and Florence Elowitz. Elaine was a registered nurse and worked throughout the Miami and Polk County areas for most of her career. > She is survived by her husband, Roy of Lakeland; her two sons, Henry Dribbon of Lakeland and Bruce Dribbon of Hungary and her daughter, Shari Dribbon of Lakeland.  Graveside funeral services will be held Monday at Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Dukes-Steen Chapel, Lakeland.-Ledger, Nov.8, 2009
>LEONARD WOLF – 87 – Nat. Wolf Corp  - h/o - Rhonda Wold
LONGWOOD -- Mr. Leonard Wolf of Lakeland died of kidney failure Saturday (May 6, 2006) in Longwood. Born Nov. 24, 1918, in Paterson, N.J., Mr. Wolf was a longtime resident of Lakeland before moving to Longwood. He was president of Nat Wolf Corp. He served as president of Temple Emanuel and was the chair of the building committee. He received the national Tau Epsilon Phi Man of the Year Award in 1991. > Mr. Wolf is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rhoda Wolf; children, Susan Scheinberg, Miami, Robert Wolf, Lakeland, Michael Wolf, Gainesville, and Laurie Altshuler, Longwood; and six grandchildren. Services will be Tuesday at Temple Emanuel, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Temple Emanuel in Lakeland, Temple Israel in Longwood or the University of Florida Foundation. – Ledger, May 8, 2006
RHODA SHARON BERNARD WOLF – 90 -   w/o - Leonard Wold
LONGWOOD - Rhoda Wolf, for more than six decades, a resident of Central Florida, passed away on January 11, 2017, in Longwood. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Leonard Wolf, by the parents she adored, Harry and Fanny Bernard, by her parents-in-law to whom she was selflessly devoted, Nat and Mollie Wolf, and by the siblings she cherished, Helen Low (Jack) and Leon Bernard (Shirley). > She is survived by four loving children and their spouses who she always treated as her own: Susan (Bruce) Scheinberg of Miami, Robert (Vicki) Wolf of Lakeland, Michael (Betty) Wolf of Gainesville, and Laurie (Don) Altshuler of Maitland. She had a close and special connection with all six of her grandchildren: Jeremy (Rachel) Scheinberg, Leslie (Saul) Mishkin, Daniel Wolf, Joshua Altshuler, Rachel (Bernie) Kramer, and Alissa Cronin. In her later years, Rhoda was blessed with five great grandchildren: Sophia, Jake, Olivia, Taylor, and Carly. She had a special bond with her niece, Roberta Levene, and her family.  A native New Yorker, Rhoda was a proud graduate of Lafayette High School in Brooklyn and (somehow) a Giants baseball fan. After World War II, she met Leonard, then from Paterson, New Jersey, and they lived in the North until they moved with their two oldest children to Lakeland in 1951. Rhoda spent more than half a century in Lakeland, but she never lost her Brooklyn accent. She was a homemaker who raised four children, an active member of Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, and a volunteer par excellence. A voracious reader, she devoted countless hours to the library at Temple Emanuel. She directed some of her boundless energy to Lakeland General Hospital (now Lakeland Regional Health), where she volunteered in the gift shop for many years. Rhoda's friendliness was universal. She was beloved by people from all walks of life, from all parts of town, from all religions and races. Her inseparable best friend for more than sixty years, Althea Miller of Lakeland, was like a sister to Rhoda, and the Millers and the Wolfs have been closely linked for generations. Services for Sura Rifka bas Tzvi Hirsch u'Frieda will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Temple Emanuel in Lakeland. Interment will follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Temple Emanuel in Lakeland or the Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. Services entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando. 407.599.1180. – Ledger, Thur. Jan. 12, 2017
>MRS. EMMA (Greenberg) ALLEN - 67 - (Ledger, Sunday, Oct. 23, 1960)
 Bartow- Emma G. Allen of Woodward Apartments died Friday in Pittsburgh, Pa., after a long illness.
> Survivors include her husband I.N. Allen of Lake Wales, Fl. ; 2 sons, Herman F. Allen of Bartow, Louis A. Allen, Palo Alto, Calif., a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Barash , Pittsburgh; 5 brothers, Walter Greenberg of San Francisco, Harris Greenberg, Spokane, Washington, David Greenberg, Portland, Ore., Charles Greenberg, Loa Angeles, Nathan Greenberg, Des Moines; 2 sisters, Mrs. Harry Gardner, Los Angeles, Miss Ester Price, San Francisco, and 12 grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home in Lakeland with Rabbi Herman Schwartz of Temple Emanuel, officiating. > Burial will be in Temple Emanuel Cemetery. The family has asked that flowers be omitted.
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ALLEN - Rites- Lakeland Ledger, Monday, Oct. 24, 1960
 Services for Emma G. Allen of Bartow, who died Friday in Pittsburgh, will be tomorrow at 3 at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel. The services previously were scheduled for 2. Rabbi ahaerman Schwartz will officiate. > Burial will be at Temple Emanuel Cemetery.
>ISRAEL N. ALLEN - 79 - ( Lakeland Ledger, Tuesday, April 7, 1966 ) - Husband of Emma Allen -
 Immokalee, Fl. - Israel was formerly of Lake Wales, died yesterday at Bartow Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Vilna Poland and a member of Temple Emanuel.> He is survived by 2 sons, Herman F. Allen of Bartow and Louis A. Allen of Palo Alto, Calif., 1 daughter, Mrs. Bernard Barash of Pittsburgh, Pa. and 13 grandchildren.
>DEBORAH FRANCINE ROSS - 70 - Retired Polk Co. Volunteer Services
LAKELAND - Mrs. Deborah Francine Ross, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 due to cancer.  She was born in Boston, MA, moved to this area in 1989. Mrs. Ross is retired from Polk County as a coordinator of volunteer services. She is a member of Temple Emanuel, Dixieland Lions Club, and Polk County Family Caregivers. Mrs. Ross was a volunteer at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and served on the committee for The Lakeland Ledger's Newspaper with a Heart.  > She is survived by husband, Richard of Lakeland; sons: Arthur (Jamie) Ross of Atlanta, GA, Robert (Linda) Ross of Lakeland; grandchildren: Amanda Ross, Maegan Leavens, Mitchell Leavens, Jason Ross and Nathan Ross. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 23, 2009 at Gentry-Morrison/Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel, 1833 S. Florida Ave. Interment will follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL. 33823. -The Ledger Feb. 22,2009 
>JOYCE ODRO - 64 -  Ledger, March 10, 2009
LAKELAND - Joyce Odro was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on December 6, 1944 to William and Stella Prebler. She died, at the age of 64 after a two-year battle with cancer, at home with loving family and friends on March 8, 2009. Joyce was well educated at Long Island University becoming an executive secretary to the president of Restaurant Associates in New York. She moved to Florida in 1975 and eventually gave up her Yankee flavor for a more genteel life in Lakeland. Joyce worked at Foot and Ankle Associates as a front office manager, medical transcriptionist and then financial manager before retiring. She loved to travel keeping detailed logs, was an avid reader and a talented writer and just finished her memoirs prior to her death which she shared with her most dearest friends and family. > She is survived by Dr. Marvin Odro, devoted husband of 44 years; son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law, Vikki Odro; daughter, Stephanie Odro; granddaughter, Chelsea Odro; brother, Dennis and sister-in-law Karen Prebler, Orlando; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Teena and Chet Wrubel, Wilkes-Barre, PA; nieces and nephews, Denise, Dan, Deanna and Devon Thomas, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Joyce was an active member of Temple Emanuel for over 34 years. She was past president of Sisterhood and a recipient of its Woman of the Year award. She was a Life Member of Hadassah. She may be out of sight but she will never be out of mind.  Services will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Temple Emanuel Synagogue, 600 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Temple Emanuel. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Dukes-Steen Chapel. –
>LUIS BERTHE - 60 -  Owner, Bob's Pawn Shop -  Ledger, Wed., Feb. 12, 1958 -
Luis Berth of 2917 Buckingham Pl. died this morning at his home. He had been a resident here for 19 years, coming from Tampa.  He was the owner of Bob's Pawn Shop and a member of Temple Emanuel. Survivors include his widow, Elise; 1 daughter, Brunell; 1 son, Ernest, both of Lakeland; 3 sisters, Mrs. Abe Herscovitz of Lakeland, Mrs. Max Losner of Miami and Mrs. Isidore Brenning of Tampa; 2 brothers, Hernman Marks of Homestead and Simon Marks of Clearwater. Services will be held tomorrow from the chapel of Dukes-Steen Funeral Home with Rabbi Samuel April  officiating. Burial will be in Temple Emanuel Cemetery. The family request that those wishing to send flowers make contributions instead to the Cancer Fund.
>SAMUEL PINCUS - 91 - wife listed below - Eva Pincus
LAKELAND - Samuel Pincus, passed away peacefully of natural causes on July 7, 2011, with his family at his bedside at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. >Sam was preceded in death by his wife Eva Levitt Pincus of 59 years. Sam was a devoted husband and father. Sam loved all Synagogues and loved being Jewish. His tireless work for United Synagogue brought much joy to him. Sam and Eva moved to Lakeland in 1946 and were among the founding members of Temple Emanuel. Sam was past president of Temple Emanuel for a total of 12 years and Man of the Year twice. Sam never retired, he loved selling shopping bags to his customers and his customers loved him, as he had many returned customers. Over the years he was well known by many people in the community as the owner of The Star Department Store. He also worked for Stetson Hat Company. His favorite restaurant was Fat Jack's as he always ordered the same thing: toasted bagel, tomato and a slice of onion. Whenever he said goodbye he always said "you know where I'll be". We all know where Sam is. >Sam is survived by his sister, Harriet Glazier; three sons, Elliot, Steven and Stanley and his wife Ann; brother-in-law, Morris Levitt and his wife Rhoda; and a sister-in- law, Zena Levine; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at Temple Emanuel at 11:00 am Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Temple Emanuel, Temple Rodeph Shalom or United Synagogue – Ledger, July 22 & 23, 2011
>MRS. EVE  LEVITT  PINCUS - 82 - Homamaker - w/o of Samuel Pincus - just above 
LAKELAND – Mrs. Eva Pincus of Lakeland died of heart failure Friday (April 2, 2004) at Oakbridge Health Care. Born April 2, 1922, in Troy, Ala., she came here from Palmetto in 1929.  She was a homemaker. She was a member of Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, Tampa. She was a life member of Hadassah Temple Emanuel, Lakeland. >  Mrs. Pincus is survived by her husband, Sam Pincus; sons, Elliot L. Pincus, Lakeland, Steven G. Pincus, Boca Raton, Stanley J. Pincus, Tallahassee; brother, Morris D. Levitt, Miami; sisters, Fannie Levitt and Zena Levin, both of MiamiServices will be Monday at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rodeph Shalom Scholarship Fund. Ledger, April 4, 2004
>ELLIOT PINCUS - 67 -  s/o Samuel and Eve Pincus - listed  above
LAKELAND - Elliot Lee Pincus, died Sept. 2, 2016.  Graveside services will be held Fri. Sept. 16, 2016 at 2 pm at Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland, FL. - Ledger, Sept. 16, 2016
>DR. HERBERT NUSSBAUM - 91 - Physician
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Dr. Herbert Nussbaum of Arlington, Va., formerly of Polk County, died of pneumonia Monday (Nov. 25, 2002) in Reston, Va. Born in Eisenach, Germany, on May 20, 1911, he moved to Arlington, Va., from Largo three years ago. He was a physician. He was Jewish. > Dr. Nussbaum was preceded in death by his first wife, Suzanne Hess Nussbaum, and second wife, Kay Nussbaum.  >He is survived by his son, Barry D. Nussbaum, Annadale, Va.; stepdaughter, Lynn Seligman, Upper Montclair, N.J.; five grandchildren. Graveside services will be this afternoon at Temple Emanuel Cemetery. Heath Funeral Chapel. – Ledger, Nov. 26, 2002
>NORMA ROUTENBERG - 93 - Homemaker -  w/o Norman Routenberg
ST. PETERSBURG - Norma Routenberg, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Lakeland, died May 26, 2011 at Woodside Hospice House of natural causes.> She was predeceased by her husband, Norman. >She is survived by children Ruth and David (Kerri) and grandchildren Jennifer (Nicholas), Samara, Evan and Brian.
Services will be held at Temple Emanuel in Lakeland Sunday. Donations may be made to Hospice of Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater 33760 or Temple Emanuel. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home in Lakeland, FL. –  Ledger, May 28, 2011
>NORMAN ROUTENBERG – 92 -  h/o Norma Routenberg 
LARGO - Norman Routenberg, of Largo, formerly from Lakeland, passed away October 10, 2009 at Woodside Hospice. Currently a member of Temple Bnai Israel Clearwater, he was an active member of Temple Emanuel Lakeland for 50 years where he served as president for 3 years and was also a long time member and officer of Bnai Brith. Before retiring, he owned a department store in Kentucky, and later in Lakeland worked in retail. He was a long time donor for the blood bank, giving over 11 gallons. > He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Norma, son David and wife Kerri, daughter Ruth, grandchildren Jennifer, Samara, Evan and Brian. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Temple Emanuel, Lakeland or The Hospice of the Suncoast (Largo). Funeral services will be held, Monday October 12, 2009 at Temple Emanuel with burial to follow at Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Dukes-Steen Chapel, Lakeland.  Ledger, Oct. 12, 2009
>MRS. CHARLOTTE OSMAN MARKS – 95 -
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Charlotte Osman Marks, a longtime community activist, died of congestive heart failure Thursday (March 31, 2005) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. "She was not only active in the Jewish Community but also in the civic community," her daughter-in-law, Marcia Marks of Winter Park said. Born in Stamford, Conn., on July 8, 1909, she came to Lakeland from there in 1950. In her younger years, she served as a physical education teacher. "At one point, she was supposed to go to the Olympics. She was a very good swimmer," Marcia Marks said, noting that Mrs. Marks was very athletic as a young lady. She described her mother-in-law as a very strong, independent lady who liked cooking, knitting, reading and staying on top of current events. "She could talk to you about sports, politics . . . She read The Ledger and Tampa Tribune from cover to cover every day. She kept all of her own finances and investments. She depended on no one," Marcia Marks said.  Mrs. Marks volunteered at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the Polk Museum of Art and the Lakeland Public Library. She was a member of Hadassah and Temple Emanuel where she belonged to the Sisterhood. > Mrs. Marks was preceded in death by her husband, Sanford Marks, in the mid- to late 1970s.
>She is survived by her sons, Robert O. Marks, Winter Park, Paul T. Marks, Tampa; daughter, Louise Mells, Tampa; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Dukes Steen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hadassah. Gentry-Morrison Southside Funeral Home. – Ledger, April 2, 2005
>WILLIAM MARCUS – 99 -  Author & Principal  - Ledger, May 5, 2011
LAKELAND - William Marcus of Lakeland, Florida died May 2, 2011 in Lakeland due to natural causes. Mr. Marcus lived in his birthplace, New York City, NY until 35 years ago when he moved to Lakeland. Mr. Marcus was the author of the book, "Elements of Radio" which was in print for 30 years and inspired a whole generation of radio enthusiasts and scientists. He was also a Principal and educator in the New York City public school system for 30 years and a supporter of Temple Emanuel in Lakeland. "Mr. Bill" will be remembered fondly by all those whose lives he touched. >Mr. Marcus was preceded in death by his son, Paul and his beloved wife Marion Bader Marcus. > He is survived by his son, Dr. Robert Marcus. He is also survived by a grandson, David Marcus and two great granddaughters, Zoey and Kaya Marcus. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Temple Emanuel Cemetery in Lakeland, Florida. 
>RUTH G. WEITZENKORN -  85 -
LAKELAND - Ruth G. Weitzenkorn, a long-time Lakeland resident, died of a heart condition on April 1, 2010. She faced her breast cancer and her heart disease with grace and strength. Ruth was born on December 17, 1924, in Kaltennordheim, Germany. After fleeing Nazi Germany to Cuba with her father, Hugo Goldschmidt and stepmother Reta in 1939, she immigrated to the United States in December of 1941. The Lakeland community welcomed Ruth and her family with open arms. She graduated from Lakeland Senior High in 1944 and attended business college. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Paul J. Weitzenkorn, and they began their 62-year-long life together in Polk County. Ruth worked side by side with her husband in their local businesses, including their citrus groves, Fashion City and Erich's Department Store. Ruth was a full-time mother, full-time business woman and a community activist. She held offices in the League of Women Voters, Haddassh and Temple Emanuel Sisterhood. She, along with husband Paul, was instrumental in founding Temple Beth Shalom of Winter Haven. Ruth received many awards of recognition for her service to the community.
 Ruth was a giving and philanthropic person. Her charities included the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, American Cancer Society, and Haddassah. She loved the outdoors and traveling. Together with Paul, they traveled to the Great Wall of China, the Australian Outback, the Swiss Alps and the Norwegian fjords, as well as the United States from coast to coast. Mostly, Ruth loved playing bridge with her dear friends, discussing politics and religion, cooking for her family and taking long walks with her Paul. She taught her children that these moments are the essence of a good life. > Ruth is survived by her loving husband Paul J. Weitzenkorn and her children Bonnine Bernstein, Dan Weitzenkorn and Judy Miller, along with son-in-law Dave Miller and her seven grandchildren, Joshua and Adam Bernstein, Brad, Allison and Emily Miller, and Rachel and Michelle Weitzenkorn.  Services will be held Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Temple Beth Shalom in Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Temple Beth Shalom Torah Fund or to a charity of your choice.- Ledger, April 2 – 4, 2010
>MELVIN BARKIN ESTROFF -  88 - (  Ledger, Aug. 27, 2009 )
 ST. PETERSBURG - Longtime community activist, Melvin Barkin Estroff, died on August 24, 2009 of heart failure, In Lakeland, where he and Elsie Jane Haft Estroff lived until 1978, in addition to managing the Empire stores with his brother Selig, he spearheaded grassroots efforts to fight racism in the 1960s, collaborated with NAACP leaders to form the Lakeland Human Relations Council, fought against anti-Semitism, and was instrumental in building Temple Emanuel.  Mel was a member of the Lakeland Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of United Way, and served on the Board of Lakeland General Hospital. In St. Pete, Mel served on the Interfaith Council, and both Temple Beth-El and Menorah Manor boards and continued to fight racism. Born to Sam Estroff and Tillie Barkin in Lyons, Georgia in 1920, Mel had the first bar mitzvah in Lakeland, was an Eagle Scout, loved the outdoors, fishing and bird watching. He went to the Citadel at age 16 and later served in the Army Air Corp as a radar intelligence officer and flight instructor. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the Univ. of Pennsylvania in 1941.  Mel wed Elsie Haft in 1946, and they were devoted to each other in an especially happy marriage of 63 years. They had four children, David Tilden Estroff, Sue Ellen Estroff, Jill Haft Estroff and Freddi Lynn Estroff. Melvin's humor, penchant for puns, storytelling, sense of wonder and optimism will be deeply missed. His brothers Selig and Pat, daughter-in-law Judy Burt Estroff, son-in-law Dan Bernstein, grandchildren Jennifer, Ben, Sara and Faith, seven nieces and nephews and many dear friends and family members mourn his passing. Services Thurs., Aug. 27, 2009 -  at 1 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Pete, 33707 (727) 347-6136 – 
>MRS. JACQUELINE A. TIDWELL  - 81 - Tidwell's Urethane Foam Service Inc.
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Jacqueline A. Tidwell of Lakeland died of cancer Monday (May 2, 2005) at home. Born in Detroit on June 4, 1923, she came to Lakeland from Highland Park, Ill., in 1976. She was a retired vice-president of Tidwell's Urethane Foam Service Inc. She was a lifelong member of the SPCA, former vice chair of the Heartland Private Industry Council, a former member of the Polk Opportunity Council, a volunteer for VISTE and a member of the National Federation of Independent Business People. She was a member of Temple Emanuel. > Mrs. Tidwell is survived by her husband, Comer "Wade" Tidwell; sons, Charles Loomis, Zion, Ill., David W. Tidwell, Lakeland; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home. Services will follow at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, FL 33813 – Ledger, May 4, 2005
>DR. HENRY M. STERN – 93 - Medical Doctor - h/o - Carol Goodman Stern -just below
 Lakeland - Dr. Henry M. Stern, died of natural causes, August 31, 2007 at the age of 93. He was born on July 9, 1914 in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. Dr. Stern moved to Florida in 1950 where he started his Medical practice. He was a member of both the American Medical Association and the Polk County Medical Association. He attended University of Florida. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, and Medical School in 1939. He was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Winter Haven. He served in Asiatic Pacific Theater and was in the Medical Corps during World War II, where he was Medical Officer from 1941-1945. He was given the Service to Man Kind award by the Lakeland Sertoma Club for his volunteer medical work around the world. He was also active in Wheelhouse. > Dr. Stern is survived by his wife, Carol Stern of Lakeland; 2 daughters: Jeannette, Carmel, CA; Melanie, Washington D.C.; son, Dr. Louis Stern, Maitland, FL; and 7 grandchildren. Services will be held graveside on Sunday, Sept. 2nd at 10:00 AM, Oak Hill Burial Park - Temple Emanuel; officiating by Rabbi Cyrus Arfa of Beth Shalom Temple, Winter Haven. – Ledger, Sept. 1, 2007
>CAROL GOODMAN STERN, 91 – Homemaker  - w/o Dr. Henry M. Stern
LAKELAND - Carol Goodman Stern,  died on March 7, 2011 in Longwood, Florida of cardiac arrest. She was born on August 25, 1919 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Louis and Melanie Goodman,wife of the late Dr. Henry M. Stern. >She is survived by her children Dr. Louis Stern, (Sara) of Maitland, Florida, Jeannette Stern, (Robert Moskowitz) of Carmel, California and Melanie Stern, (Anthony Herman) of Washington, DC; her grandchildren: Anna, David and Melissa Stern, Claire and Jill Moskowitz and Matthew and Isabela Herman; her sister Melanie Eckstein of Sarasota, Florida. Carol moved with her family to Lakeland in 1953. She was very active in the community. She was a founding member of the Lakeland General Hospital Medical Auxiliary and a founding member of Temple Beth Shalom in Winter Haven, Florida. She was also a Captain in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. She was loved by her family and by all who knew her for her kindness and warm hospitality. Services will be held graveside on Wednesday March 9, 2011  at Oak Hill Burial Park-Temple-Emanuel; officiated by Senior Rabbi Aaron D. Rubinger, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando, Florida. Arrangements by Heath Funeral Chapel.- Ledger,March 11, 2011
>FRANCES LEVITEN, - 92 - Teacher
LAKELAND - Frances Ann Leviten passed away Jan. 5, 2012 from natural causes.
Mrs. Leviten was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on Feb. 17, 1919. She moved to the Lakeland area in 1984 from Wisconsin. She was a lifetime member and former President of Hadassah; as well as, a member of Temple Emanuel. > Mrs. Leviten was preceded in death by her sons, Edward Charles Leviten and Paul Jeremy Leviten. She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Jerome Leviten; son, Dr. Dan (Joy) Leviten; grandchildren, Aaron (Debbie) Leviten, Joel (Rachel) Leviten, Sara (Scott) Wilson, David (Dina) Leviten, Alisha Leviten and Ian McCarthy; great grandchildren, Nate, Matthew, Josh and Gabby Leviten. > Graveside services will be Sunday (today) at 11 am at Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Lakeland. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emanuel, 600 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803 or a charity of your choice. Ledger. Jan. 8, 2012

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