It is with great sadness we announce the loss of Marilyn “Joan”
Benstock who passed away on September 20, 2021.
Joan was born on March 29 1932 to Ada & Herman Kline. She
lived in Bay Shore, New York where she met her husband of
almost 70 years, Jerry Benstock. They were married in 1951 and raised four children.
Joan and Jerry settled in Huntington, New York where they nurtured their life long
commitment to Jewish life. Joan was a chairperson of UJA in Suffolk county, New York for many years. She continued her commitment in Pinellas County when she and Jerry moved here in 1979. She worked tirelessly as she was so passionate about the state of Israel and her community. However, her number one commitment was always to her family.
Joan served on the Federation Board in multiple positions. She served on the Jewish Agency committee,, ONAD chair, Women’s Division President & Campaign Chair, Major Gifts Chair and many, many other positions. Nationally, Joan served on the women’s Jewish Agency Board and was the SE Region Lion of Judah Conference Chair.
She & her husband Jerry were founding members of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School, Menorah Manor and have dedicated the sanctuary to
Congregation B’nai Israel.
Joan was a life member of ORT & Hadassah as she was a Keeper of the Gate.
She is survived by her husband Jerry, Susie & Alan Schwartz, Wendy Benstock(deceased), Michael & Margot Benstock , Peter & Tonya Benstock, seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Congregation B’nai Israel, St Petersburg or The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Private graveside services were held 4 PM Monday September 20 2021 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Largo
The care of Mrs. Benstock and her family has been entrusted to David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.