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Obituary - JOSEPH ZOLLMAN

 


Joseph Zollman, a former editor-in-chief of the Minkus Stamp Catalogs and a Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, died Jan. 28, 2016 in Altamonte Springs. He was 93.

Zollman started his philatelic career at the United Nations Postal Administration shortly after its launch, and often noted that his daughter Yvonne was born during his tenure at the UNPA. With its terrific health insurance coverage, his “co-pay” for the medical bills for her birth was 25 cents.

For many years, Zollman wrote the “Stamping Grounds” column about stamps, collecting, designers and Judaica on stamps. It appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald and the Long Beach (N.Y.) Herald. He also was a stamp collector, owning a wide range of covers and stamps with a focus on United States commemoratives.

In his other careers, he worked for various New York-based distributors of advertising specialties and as a traveling salesman selling costume jewelry and women’s accessories to mom-and-pop stores in Upstate New York.

Zollman was born in Belgium in 1922 and escaped the country immediately after the Nazi invasion in 1940. After traveling alone through France, Morocco, Martinique and Puerto Rico for several months, he made his way to New York where he was reunited with some of his family. He moved to Florida in 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Greta; daughter, Yvonne Zollman Mosca (married to John Mosca); sons, Peter (Ellen), and Steve (Lori); seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Joe and Greta also were surrounded by outstanding caregivers, including Carolle Joseph.

Funeral services and interment were held at Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery, Gotha, with Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer officiating. In memory of Joseph Zollman, memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Family Services of Orlando, http://www.jfsorlando.org, the Jewish Pavilion of Orlando, http://www.jewishpavilion.org or the National Kidney Foundation, http://www.kidney.org

Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando.

 

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