Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday's Obituary ~ Uncle Edward Levitt

My mother-in-law's uncle Eddie moved from southern New Jersey to Springfield, Massachusetts, between the births of his two children in 1933 (born in NJ) and 1937 (born in MA). Springfield is where his wife, Adele Reisner, was from. (Adele was the daughter of his older half-sister, Rebecca Levitt.)

GenealogyBank has his obituary in its Recent Obituaries database. This means that I don't have an image of it, but a transcription. The following is from page 24 of the Tuesday, August 23, 1988 issue of the Union-News of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Former store owner Edward Levitt, introduced television to Springfield
Edward Levitt, 80, of 7300 Radice Court [Lauderhill, FL], founder and retired 40-year owner of Levitts TV Center, Springfield, died yesterday in Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale.
Born in Woodbine, N.J., he lived in Springfield many years, moving to Florida after his retirement in 1974. He was graduated from the R.C.A. Electronics School of Chicago, and after taking many other TV courses, he introduced television to the Springfield area in 1934.
He was a member of Beth El Temple, the Samuel Sherwood Lodge of Masons, the Scottish Rite Bodies and Melha Shrine Temple and the Maccabean Lodge, Knights of Pythias.
He leaves his wife, the former Adele Reisner; a son, Marvin B. of Longmeadow; a daughter, Saundra E. Solomon of Longmeadow; a sister, Rose Goldstein of Ventnor, N.J., and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at the Harold R. Ascher and Son Memorial Chapel with burial in Beth El Cemetery, West Springfield.
Memorial week will be at the home of Marvin Levitt, 54 Glenbrook Lane, Longmeadow, with evening services.
I have shared a photo of an early business of his: Levitt's Electric Service, in 1930's Woodbine, NJ.