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Gladys “Hap” Leckart, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was 91 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 22, 1922, she moved to Norfolk, Va. and then to Miami Beach. Mrs. Leckart married her beloved husband, Larry, in Miami in 1947. They settled with their two daughters, Stacey and Janice, in Orlando in 1956, after Larry opened the legendary Ronnie’s Restaurant.

Mrs. Leckart was known for her wit, class, generosity and her Cabbage Soup recipe that was on the menu at Ronnie’s. She was a member of Temple Israel.

She was predeceased by her husband, Larry, parents Sydelle and Moe, and sister Beulah. Mrs. Leckart is survived by her daughters Stacey Leckart of Winter Park, and Janice Leckart Smith of Orlando, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Arline Leckart of Jacksonville. Funeral services were held at Temple Israel, with Rabbi Maurice Kaprow officiating. In memory of Hap Leckart, the family requests that donations be made to Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Rd, Winter Springs 32708. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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