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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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NINA ISIDORA, 87, of Land O’Lakes, died June 1. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she was a dedicated concert pianist and instructor. She began playing the piano at the age of 5, giving her first recital at the age of 8. In her early 20s she moved to Israel and applying the Alexander principal in her playing and teaching, became a famous concert pianist along with producing many prize-winning students. She had a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts and Artist Diploma with teachers from Germany, Julliard School and Hungary. She performed numerous times with the Tel Aviv Philharmonic Orchestra and gave many recitals in Israel, New York and Tampa, along with countless benefit concerts. In her private studios, where she always had her two grand pianos, she mentored and taught hundreds of students in Tel Aviv, New York, Tampa and Land O’Lakes. Along with being a judge in many competitions she also taught at the University of South Florida music division. Survivors include her husband, David Isidora; three daughters and son-in-law, Sima Ragusa, Odessa; Dorit and Mark Stone, Odessa; Ruthie Levy, Tampa; five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation,

CYNTHIA JUNE JACOBSON, 69, of Tampa, died June 8. Born in Lakewood, OH, she moved to Tampa, after studies at the University of Tennessee, to attend the University of South Florida. She was involved in fine arts as an artist and musician and a teacher at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. A past president of the Beach Park Women’s Club and Las Damas Dearte, she was also a member of Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club and Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Mel Sonny Jacobson; two sons, Robert Jacobson (fiancé Michelle Lai) and David Jacobson; sister Corliss Conway; sister-in-law Sonya Jacobson; step brother-in-law, John (Vicki) Jacobson. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Schaarai Zedek or a charity to support the arts. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

DONNA CAREN JOSEPH, 64, of Tampa, died June. 9. Survivors include her sister Cheryl Evans and family. The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of one’s choice. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

SALOMON (SAM) PILA, 92, of Tampa, died May 24. Born in Charcznitza, Poland, he was a Holocaust survivor. As a teenager, he was interred in concentration camps, and for a time was a worker in the Oskar Schindler factory. After the war he moved to Stewartville, MN, in 1952 and established the Pila Livestock company with his brother and a close family friend. In 1975, he moved to Tampa to assume the reigns of Milk A Way Farms, Inc. in Brooksville, retiring in 2006. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Herta; his children; Kalman (Ethel), Moritz (Elizabeth) and Harriet, nine grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg or Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

GEO ROJAS, 83, of Tampa, died May 26. He moved to Tampa in 1979 from his native Chile. He was an engineer and technician with Lockheed Martin Corporation for 30 years and a member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Survivors include his wife of more than 40 years, Susan; son Miguel Lob; two daughters, Monica Fishman and Debora Meyerson; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The family suggests memorials to Metropolitan Ministries or Congregation Schaarai Zedek. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

JOEL M. TORO, 75, of Tampa, died June. 7. During his professional career, he worked in the automobile industry holding various positions in the industry. He had been the general manager at Friendly Toyota and Friendly Jeep Eagle. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Carmen Greco Toro; son and daughter-in-law, James and Marcy Baker; daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and Mike Leseney, and Michelle and Richard Alfonson; stepfather Joseph Toro; two sisters, Francine Firsdon and Teri Hughes; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

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