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Melvin Siskind


1925 - 2014 | Notice Condolences
Melvin Siskind Notice
Siskind, Melvin beloved husband of Zelda Kolodner Siskind, passed away on April 15, 2014. Melvin, the son of Al and Mollie Siskind, was born April 2, 1925 in Lawrence Massachusetts. He graduated from Valdosta (Georgia) High School and attended the University of Georgia after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Melvin and Zelda married November 14, 1948 and moved to Sanford where they were the proprietors for 42 years of the Army-Navy Surplus Store on Sanford Avenue. Known as "Mr. Army-Navy", Melvin was a common sight bicycling to and from work, to Silver Lake to swim, to the library, post office, and around town even after he retired. Among other organizations, he was a long-standing member of the Sanford Jewish Community, Temple Israel, Sanford Elks Club, Kiwanis, Sanford Historical Society, and a life-long supporter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. With quick wit and a wide Southern smile, Melvin was a popular volunteer with several community organizations including the Boy Scouts, Central Florida Regional Hospital, the Sharing Center, Hillhaven Healthcare Center, and through the Jewish Pavilion at Atria at Lake Forrest. In addition to his wife Zelda of 65 years, he is survived by his children Teri Siskind of Folly Beach SC, Jeff Siskind of Lake Mary FL, and Marcia Leifer and her husband Alan of Newton MA; grandchildren Bryan Carter and wife Adele, Jessica, Rebecca , Ben and Veronica Leifer; his great-grandchildren Max, Chloe, and Milly Carter all of MA ; his sister Fayge Cohen of Longwood FL and her husband Fred; and his nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hadassah, The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, Temple Israel, the Sanford Historical Society or another charity. A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday May 4, 2014, at Temple Israel, 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs, 32708.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2014
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