Mace H. Levin

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Mace H. Levin Mace H. Levin, age 89, of Erie, Chautauqua, N.Y. and Sarasota, Fla., passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008 in Florida. He was born July 9, 1919 in Erie, a son of the late Julius Louis and Rebecca Miller Levin. He graduated from Strong Vincent High School in 1936 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1940. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 75th Infantry Division. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mace Electronics in Erie. Mr. Levin was a former president of Anshe Hesed Temple, the Jewish Community Council, the United Way of Erie County, the Board of Advisors of Mercyhurst College, the American Veterans Committee, the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity in Pittsburgh and Jewish Family Services of Sarasota, Fla. Mr. Levin was also a member of Temple Beth Israel in Sarasota and the Hebrew Congregation in Chautauqua. While in Erie, he had been a board member of the Erie County Library, Erie Housing Authority, the Booker T. Washington Center, the Committee for Better Schools, the Erie Playhouse, Mercyhurst Board of Trustees, Hamot Medical Center, St. Vincent Health Center, Gannon Board of Advisors, First National Bank Board of Advisors, Erie Water Authority, Urban Coalition, and Union of American Hebrew Congregations. He also chaired the United Fund Drive of Erie County and the United Jewish Appeal Drive of Erie. Since moving to Sarasota, he was a member of the Sarasota Jewish Federation, helped found the All Faiths Food Bank of Sarasota, was the founder of the Religious Coalition for Peace, and UAHC Social Action Center. He was also the president of the Jewish Family and Children’s’ Service in Sarasota, a long time member and volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Mace and his wife conducted Sabbath and High Holiday services in assisted living and nursing homes in Sarasota. They also chaired and served on a committee that visited patients in local hospitals. During his career, he received the A.C.E.S. “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award and Gannon University’s “Distinguished Pennsylvanian Award”. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Barry Levin, and two brothers William Levin and Judge George Levin. He is survived by his wife Clare Radov Levin; three sons: Artie Levin of Erie, Joel Levin and his wife Mary Jane, of Cleveland, Adam Levin and his wife Nancy, of Cleveland, and daughter-in-law Janel Levin of Erie, and six grandchildren: Reid, Jennifer, Rebecca, Zachary, Rachel and Ava. Friends may call at Temple Anshe Hesed, 930 Liberty Street on Monday from 10:30a.m. until the time of service at 12noon. Burial will be private in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Local arrangements entrusted to the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th St. Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com. Sign the guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits
Published in the Erie Times-News from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2008
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