91, of St. Petersburg, FL passed away September 5, 2021.
Born Nov. 6, 1929 in Springfield, IL, she graduated valedictorian of Sullivan H.S. in Chicago, Jan 1946, at the age of 16. She went on to receive BS in Math, and MA in Education from the University of Chicago, graduating at the age of 21.
She married Morris Joseph LeVine, July 2, 1949, and had a two-month honeymoon in Israel by enrolling in the 1st Summer Institute of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
This began her lifelong dedication to Israel and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Marilyn served on the National Board of Hadassah, first as president of Florida Region and then president of Central Florida Region. She was a member of National Hadassah’s Honorary Council until her passing.
Upon moving to St. Petersburg in 1958, the family joined Congregation B’nai Israel where she served as Sisterhood President and many years as Torah Fund Chairperson. Her Jewish community involvement included serving on boards of the Jewish Federation, the Pinellas County Jewish Day School, and Menorah Manor Nursing Home Foundation, where she lived in her later years.
Other community work included volunteering for the Scouts, P.T.A., Heritage Park, the St. Petersburg Historical Society, and the St. Petersburg Folk Fair. She was president of the Pinellas County Medical Society Auxiliary.
For all this community service, she and Morrie, her husband of 70 years, received many awards, including Sound of Honor Award from Jewish Community Center, Ben Gurion Award from State of Israel Bonds, Shin Award from Jewish Theological Seminary, Woman of Distinction Award from Jewish Federation of Pinellas County. As recently as 2013, St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah dedicated a gala event to Morrie and Marilyn in honor of 100th Anniversary of Hadassah.
She is survived by 3 of her 4 children and their spouses: Steven LeVine MD, Sharon Rosenthal, and David LeVine MD; (her son Mitchell LeVine MD passed in 2020); 17 grandchildren and their spouses; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral service will be Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 2:00 in Menorah Gardens at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Largo.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Menorah Manor or Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg.
The care of Mrs. LeVine and her family has been entrusted to David C Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.
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