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Sara Selma Levenson

Levenson, Sara Selma, of Sarasota, FL (formerly of Newton, MA) passed away peacefully on Jan 2, 2021 in her 100th year.  Beloved wife of the late Frank Levenson.  Devoted mother of Barbara and her late husband Lawrence Smuckler from West Virginia and then Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Judy Waunch and her husband, John Colliston of Burlington, Ontario Canada. Cherished grandmother of Nina Mrose and her fiancé Doug Swirsky of Maryland.  Proud great-grandmother to Jacob and Benjamin. Adoring daughter of the late Sam and the late Molly Rosenfeld.  Loving sister to Claire and her husband the late Richard Novack, and her late brother Jacob Rosenfeld and his wife Elaine.  Dear aunt to Karyn, Larry (Kerry), Ellen (Bruce), Jonathan (Arlene), David (Patricia), Marty (Susan) and the late Steven (late Sharon).

Born in Boston of immigrant parents, Sara Selma was deeply connected to her Jewish tradition and heritage. Religion, family and friends were at the core of who she was.  She and her husband Frank lived the quintessential American Dream.  After Frank served in the Army at the Tuskegee Air Base, they returned to Boston. Later, when they moved to Newton, Sara Selma dedicated herself to her family and was an active member at Temple Emanuel.  She loved to entertain, going to the theatre, listening to music, dancing with Frank and playing bridge.  She sang with the B’nai Brith Chorus in Boston for many years.  Sara Selma was a proud past president of the Mayflower Lodge of B’nai Brith. In the summertime, she enjoyed the occasional game of golf and visiting with family and friends. When they moved to Florida, she enjoyed the vibrant Sarasota Arts Scene, playing bridge and meeting new friends. Even after they moved to Sarasota, Mom always considered herself to be proudly from Boston.

Sara Selma had a full, rich life and will be dearly missed. Private graveside burial at Staro-Konstantinov Cemetery next to her loving husband Frank. Due to current Covid-19 conditions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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