LILY FISHMAN, 90, of Tampa, died April 6. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she recently moved to Tampa from Delray Beach. She was a participating member of Volunteers for Israel. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Sol; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric Fishman and Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Larry and Phyllis Fishman, and David Fishman; daughters and son-in-law, Ferne and Arthur Rubin; brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Arlene Maisus; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Menorah Manor or Congregation Rodeph Sholom. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
RHODA KARPAY, 79, of Tampa, died March 31. Originally from New York, she moved to Tampa in 1961. Active in the Tampa Jewish community, she served on various committees, most recently with the Tampa Jewish Federation and Tampa Jewish Family Services. She served as Women’s Division Campaign Chairwoman, Women’s Committee Chairwoman on the Jewish Community Council, Tampa JCC/Federation Vice-President Women’s Division. She was the recipient of the Leonore Kessler Memorial Women’s Campaign Award, Women of Distinction and Distinguished Community Service Award by the ADL in 2010. She was a real estate broker for many years and eventually joined her husband, Joel, as a stockbroker where she focused on educating women on the importance of managing their own finances. Along with her husband of nearly 59 years, survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Karpay, Lori Karpay and Bevie Tannenbaum; son-in-law, Arnie Tannenbaum; five grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
GERALD SCHOENBERG, 85, of Tampa, formerly of Munster, IN, died March 23. He was a graduate of Indiana University and a veteran of the Korean War. He and his late brother Irv ran Schoenberg’s Furniture, started by his parents in East Chicago, IN, until it closed in 1982 after 59 years in business. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Eric Bermont; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Bonnie Schoenberg; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. (Burns & Kish Funeral Home)
DR. IRVIN STRATHMAN, 93, of Tampa, died March 25. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he grew up in Orillia, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, he was vice president of the Medical Athletic Association, on the MEDS lacrosse team that won the university championship, and was a founding member of Hillel House at the university in 1945. He started his practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Windsor, Ontario, where he introduced laparoscopy in 1972. He was president of the Essex County Medical Society. In 1976 he joined the GD Searle Pharmaceutical Company in Skokie, IL, where he worked for 11 years, becoming director of Medical Affairs. During that time in 1979 he became chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at the Medical School at the University of Illinois, joining the department as an assistant volunteer professor, and helped develop a Family Planning Clinic. In 1986 he became a consultant to the NutraSweet Company. In 1991 he moved to Tampa, where he joined the OB/GYN faculty of the Medical School at the University of South Florida, and ran the gynecology clinic at Genesis. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Claudia; his children; Susan, Michael and wife Karen, Judy, and Alan; two grandchildren; sister, Helen; step-sons, Joseph and wife Rose, David, Richard and wife Marie, and William and wife Christine; seven step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Candy Vandercar and her husband, David. The family suggests memorials to Rodeph Sholom Sisterhood, Dr. William Spellacy Fund at the University of South Florida Medical School, or LifePath Hospice. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
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