MORGAN: Dr. Harry C. (Chuck) Morgan; Age 87, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Beloved husband of Estelle Morgan, loving father of daughters Lisa and Kim Morgan, grandfather of Adam and Daphne Rickards, father-in-law of Joseph Rickards, brother-in-law of Shlomo Maital. Known to all as Chuck, he first served the people of Braddock as an optometrist, later moving to Gateway Center; his eye exams were long, thorough and meticulous, and many enjoyed good vision as a result. Chuck was a highly creative inventor; he helped improve vision of Pittsburgh Pirates players in the 1960s for his friend Branch Rickey Jr. He invented night driving lenses, sold to a leading company. Later, he pioneered anti-bacterial contact lenses with a patented process. He and his wife Estelle founded Biosafe Inc., which developed a patented process for bonding anti-bacterial compound permanently into plastic. Chuck had a wonderful sense of humor and continually made those around him smile and laugh. He retained his sense of humor to his last hours. He passed away quietly in the Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, with his loved ones at his side. Funeral service was at Beth Shalom Cemetery, Friday, June 14. Arrangements trusted to D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd., Lawrenceville.
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BICKEL: On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Gina Bickel; Beloved wife of the late Juda Ber Bickel, MD. Beloved mother of Arthur (Riva) Bickel, Margaret (Jay) Angel, Dorothy (Michael) McCarter, Barbara (Jay) Feuer and Helen (Richard) Feder. Also 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Graveside Services and Interment were held on Sunday at Poale Zedeck Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. www.schugar.com
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KRUMAN: Estelle Berenfield Kruman was born May 7, 1928. She was the daughter of Gertrude Brickman and Dr. Simon Berenfield and was the sister of the late Mayer Berenfield. After Estelle married Jack Kruman in 1954, they traveled through Europe and Israel and together, for the rest of their married life, they enjoyed seeing the world visiting over 100 cities in 40 countries on 6 continents. However, she believed her greatest accomplishment was being the mother of her two sons and twin daughters. She was a devoted mother of Eric (Susan Gillis) Kruman, Brian Kruman, Donna (Len Ferleger) Kruman and Nadine Kruman. She was the grandmother of Meagan Kruman, Katy Kruman, Eli Roth, Tess Roth, Ben Ferleger and Jonah Ferleger. Her in laws were Dr. Bernard and Shirley Fisher and Jules and Harriet Kruman. She was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Estelle, a lifelong Pittsburgher, attended Colfax School and then graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1945. From 1945 to 1949 she was a student in the Music School at Carnegie Institute of Technology. She later earned a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Estelle taught music in Pittsburgh Public Schools, Rodef Shalom Congregation's Religious School and gave private piano lessons until she became a full time homemaker and able bodied volunteer for many organizations. Her community involvement also included her active participation in her Book club, Phipps Conservatory, Gardens Unlimited, Osher, Carnegie Mellon Alumnae, Israel Bonds and the United Jewish Federation. Estelle was active in Rodef Shalom Congregation and its sisterhood. She was a life board member of the National Council of Jewish Women and active in both Israel Bonds and the United Jewish Federation. Estelle played the piano for many organizations and received the Volunteer Award from Rodef Shalom Congregation's Sisterhood. She was an Israel Bonds honoree for Rodef Shalom Congregation and an 8 over 80 recipient in 2010, Jewish Association on Aging. Estelle studied for and completed her bat mitzvah in 2006. Her love of family -- Brickman, Berenfield and Kruman and Arnowitz -- kept her in touch with many cousins but her love and devotion to her children, their spouses and her grandchildren were her greatest treasures. Although she had lung cancer, her courage against the disease was profound. Her determination and strength throughout her illness was an inspiration to others. Services were held at Rodef Shalom Temple. Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. The family recommends that donations may be made to Walter and Irene Jacob Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden Endowment Fund, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. www.schugar.com.
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MARGOLIS: Gerald Margolis died peacefully at home with his family by his side, on Saturday, June 15, 2013; Devoted husband and best friend for 58 years of Sissie Wagner Margolis. Loving father of Debi and Joe Dellorso and Dr. Andrew and Mindy Margolis. Brother of Arnold and Jackie Wagner and the late Morley Margolis. Beloved Papa of Jordan, Dani, Taylor, Ryan & Lexi. Also survived by much loved nieces, nephews and many friends. Jerry was the owner of Deleware Pharmacy in Oakmont for 32 years. He will be sadly missed by all his devoted customers. In his retirement he enjoyed his grandchildren, travel and fixing anything he could find that was broken. He was called Papa Fix-it. Services were held at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. Interment Kether Torah Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1901 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 420, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. www.schugar.com