Selma Minden Grenald

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GRENALD, SELMA MINDEN Passed away at the age of 93 in her home Friday night, April 13, 2018 at 9pm. Selma Grenald grew up in Miami Beach and graduated from Beach High at 17. She attended both Florida State University and University of Miami. Selma was introduced to her husband Ben Grenald at the age of 15 on 14th and Ocean by a mutual friend. She married Ben at the age of 18. Ben was an ensign in the Navy at the time and was sent overseas. Selma went to work as a secretary in the army to do her part in the war effort. After the war she had two children, Suzi and Douglas. She was discovered in an amateur show by Kirby Brooks and became his co-host on his fishing show (she knew nothing about fishing) on channel 17 (which later became channel 10). They were such a hit that the station offered them a daily talk show where Selma was Kirby's "girl Friday" for 8 years until his sudden passing. During that time Selma was also a columnist for Showcase Magazine, where along with her regular travel stories she interviewed and wrote exposes on many celebrities and influential people, including the likes of Janet Reno, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others. Selma enjoyed the arts and had a small part in Frank Sinatra's movie "Hole in the Head" as Mrs. Tessler where she had a scene with Sinatra. She later became a travel writer for Citizens News and traveled extensively throughout the world. Selma was a partner in the Anne Sampson travel agency and later became a partner in Ace Travel. She was a member of Women in Communications and served on a grand jury for 2 years as well as many community boards, including the Minimum Housing Appeal Board for the city of Miami Beach, which she chaired twice. Selma also served for 8 years on the Beautification Board for the city of Miami Beach. She was a founder at Douglas Gardens and held a real estate license for over 40 years. As a notary she had the pleasure of marrying over a dozen couples. Selma enjoyed playing tennis until the age of 81. She loved being on the computer, at which she was proficient, spending lots of time on Facebook and playing poker online. What Selma enjoyed most was spending time with her husband and family. Selma is survived by her husband of 76 years Ben Grenald, her loving son and daughter Douglas Grenald and Suzi Stettner, her five grand-children Dr. Tiffany Stettner, Brett Stettner, Shaun Grenald, Scott Grenald and Shane Grenald, her granddaughter- in-law Sara Grenald and three great grandchildren who she adored and brought her great joy Heavenly Angel Bliss Stettner, Alexander Michael Grenald and Madeleine Michele Grenald. Lastly, when asked what she was most proud of from her long list of accomplishments she simply replied "I was married to Ben Grenald." Services will be held at Levitt Weinstein memorial chapel on Monday April 16, 2018 at 9:00 am located at 18840 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach, FL 33180. In lieu of flowers the family asked that you would make donations to the wounded warrior project or have a tree planted in israel with the national Jewish memorial wall in Selma's memory. A special thanks to her caregivers Sandra Ronett Sampson-Graham, Ingrid Cranston, Debbie Cranston, Judith Gibson, Rose Taylor, and Shereen Townsend, and who tirelessly looked after her around the clock.
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Levitt Weinstein Eternal Light Funeral Service Center
18840 W. Dixie Hwy
North Miami Beach, FL 33180
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Published in the Miami Herald on Apr. 15, 2018
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