Ida Kessler Soffer

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SOFFER, IDA KESSLER, died peacefully on August 9th. She was the wife of the late Harry Soffer. She is survived by her son, Donald Soffer, and her daughter, Rita Soffer Leeds (Hal). She was the beloved sister of Regina Sanes, Margaret Levine, Frances, Zeifer, Beatrice Huttner (Dr. Arthur), and Eugene Kessler (Lois) and the late Bernard Kessler, Lillian Lauar, and David Kessler. She was also the loving grandma of Marsh Soffer Rappaport (Dr. Jon), Jill Soffer, Barrie Schwartz Hayne (Patrick), Michael Schwartz, Jacqueline Soffer Bernstein (Ken), Jay Schwartz Jeffrey Soffer, Daniel Schwartz (Michelle), Brooke Soffer Perez (George), and Abigail Soffer. She was also the great-grandmother of 14 great-grandchildren. She was born in Hungary and came to East Pittsburgh Pennsylvania when she was 10 years old. She lived there until 1929 when she met and married Harry Soffer. They moved to Duquesne, Pennsylvania. There she raised her children, worked alongside her husband in the grocery business, and was active in Hadassah, and Sisterhood. In 1959 they resided in Pittsburgh until Harry's demise in 1972. She then became a permanent resident of Aventura, Florida. There she was one of the founding members of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. She was honored by both Hadassah and Israel Bonds and she was a Lion of Judah of United Jewish Federation. Graveside services were loving held in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, where she was laid to rest alongside her husband, Harry. Please send contributions to the United Jewish Federation of Miami for the Israel Emergency Fund. To visit this Guest Book Online, go to
Published in the Miami Herald on Aug. 15, 2006