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Leah Gross

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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — Leah June Vigodsky Gross passed away on June 29, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. June was born on June 21, 1927 to Harry and Molly Vigodsky of Newberry, South Carolina. She was a very dedicated student and was valedictorian of her high school class. Upon graduating, she was accepted at Duke University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with the highest grade point average of any female at Duke at that time.

She went on to earn her Master's Degree in accounting from the University of Florida. Upon graduating, she was invited to the largest CPA firm in the country to practice in their New York office. However, as fate would have it, she fell in love with her red-headed waiter at a North Carolina resort by the name of LeRoy Gross. They were married on February 1, 1950. They lived in Asheville, North Carolina, where LeRoy ran his father's jewelry store.

In a very short period of time, they had four children: Linda, Terry, Danny, and Paula. June continued to do all the accounting for the jewelry store, but she had her hands full with four active children. In 1963, they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where LeRoy began his career as a stock broker. June was extremely active in her children's lives, teaching Sunday school, being a Girl Scout leader, and carpooling her children to various practices and events. June and LeRoy had many friends and enjoyed competitive bridge; both became Life Masters.

In 1970, June and LeRoy moved to New Jersey after LeRoy accepted a job on Wall Street. In 1981, they fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to South Florida, specifically Ft. Lauderdale. There they thrived and were reunited with many lifelong friends. LeRoy died unexpectedly in 1988, and June chose to stay in Ft. Lauderdale.

Not only did she travel the world, but she was a frequent visitor to her four offspring's homes. June loved her family and cherished her many grandchildren, and more recently, great-grandchildren. June lived a very full happy life and continued to play competitive bridge, work out with a trainer, and attend a variety of cultural events up until her death.

June is survived by her children, Linda Rabinowitz, and her husband, Irvin; her son Terry Gross, and his wife Cindy; and her daughter, Paula Camilli, and her husband, Ralph. In addition, she is survived by eleven grandchildren: Malka and Josh Katzin, Chava and Avi Popack, Ari Rabinowitz, Yaakov Rabinowitz, Kiel Gross, Rhett Gross, Tyler Gross, Haley Gross, Matthew Camilli, Jessica Camilli, and Gabrielle Camilli.

She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Noah, Judah, and Sammy Popack; and Sonya, Leo, and Josie Katzin. June was predeceased by her son Danny Gross. She is also survived by her brother, Fred Vigodsky, his wife Brenda, and their three children, Holly, Brett, and Craig.

June was an active member in Temple Bat Yam. Her Rabbi, David Spey presided over the services, which were held at Star of David Funeral Home, 7701 Bailey Road, N. Lauderdale, Fl, at 9 a.m., on Tuesday, July 1. June joined her husband, LeRoy and his parents, Morris and Eva Gross at Lakeside Memorial Gardens at 10301 NW 25th Street, Miami, Fl. 33172. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , Covenant Hospice, or the Pensacola Jewish Federation.


Published in The Newberry Observer from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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