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Obituary - GERALDINE 'JERI' LEAVITT

 

Jeri Leavitt, 87, passed peacefully Feb. 17, 2019, with her family close by. Born to Larry and Bertha Grutman on Aug. 5, 1931, her Bronx roots made her a true New Yorker, a lover of fashion and food. Jeri's last 23 years were lovingly shared with her husband Joseph, "Jack" Leavitt. Their focus ranged from their synagogue, Congregation Beth Am, where they met as widowers, to traveling the world.

An illness early in life led Jeri to a career in nursing. She graduated from Albert Einstein Nursing College in Philadelphia, and progressed to leadership as a charge nurse in hospital administration, and finally as an instructor in Seminole Community College's LPN program.

Along with Jack, her computer skills led her to publish the Hadassah newsletter for many years. They were honored as a couple by Congregation Beth Am in September 2013 for their service to the temple community.

Jeri is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Michael Hornreich and his wife, Kitti; grandson, Mark Hall; granddaughter, Barbara Gritter and husband, Jordan; and her great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Tatum Gritter; as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, with whom Jeri always stayed connected. Many long-time friends supported her and kept close through weekly Mahjong games and much more.

Jeri was buried in Miami beside her first husband, Mervin Hornreich, and their daughter, Barbara Ann Hornreich.

On Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11 a.m., a Celebration of Life will be held at Congregation Beth Am, Longwood, for all to share their memories of this woman of strength and compassion.

 

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