Michelle Francine Gwynne (Himmell). A consummate musician, scholar, teacher, daughter, and sister lost her battle with cancer on Sept. 25, 2016, in Fort Mitchell, Ky. Ms. Gwynne was born Sept. 13, 1957 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. to Roger and Vivienne Himmell of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her beloved uncle Leaonard Meisel, her grandparents Ben and Julia Himmell, and Catharine (Kitty) and Michael Meisel. She was a graduate of The Miami Valley School, Case Western Reserve University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Northern Kentucky University, and was one lecture/recital shy of a D.M.A. from CCM. She is survived by her parents, by her sisters, Catherine (Michael) Aharon and Amy (Tom) Lynch, both of New Jersey; by her niece Emily Aharon, nephews Max Aharon, Ian Lynch-Himmell, and Aidan Lynch; a third sister, Ubolrut (Lek) Hanpanit (Toei) of Thailand and Art and Pim (our AFS Exchange student). She is also survived by the love of her life, Larry Jones, a devoted longtime friend, supporter, caregiver, and significant other. Over the years, Ms. Gwynne was involved with Mu Phi Epsilon music sorority, American Harp Society, and numerous orchestras and ensembles. She leaves her beloved horse, Teaka, in the hands of her friend Rab Hagan, who will assure that Teaka lives out her life in comfort. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Ky. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice VITAS, 151 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45216; Northern Kentucky Horse Network at 3500 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY 41076, or the American Cancer Society.

Paula Kay Levi, age 65 of Dayton, passed away Sept. 30. She was preceded in death by her son Ryan. She is survived by her former husband and friend, Zohar Levi; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Andrea Levi; daughter and son-in-law, Rachael and Ryan Sutter; three grandchildren, Jordan Adkins, Miles Levi and Landon Sutter. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Mary Jane Segal (nee Abrams) age 80, passed away on Sept. 2 after a long and courageous battle. She is survived by her children, Steve (Jo Ellen) Weiss and Julie (Rick) Kantor; grandchildren Hallie Kantor and Ryan Kantor; devoted and loving sister, Nancy Samuels; very special friend, Herschell Levine; and close friends both in Cincinnati and in Dayton, where she raised her family. She was an avid reader, bridge player, loved the arts, tennis, and learning about new things. Her father, Harry A. Abrams, was also her pride and joy. We will miss her terribly and never forget her tremendous bravery, strength, compassion, and sense of humor. Interment was at United Jewish Cemetery in Montgomery. Donations made to The Library Foundation, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45205, Isaac M. Wise Temple or Hospice of Cincinnati are so very much appreciated.

Albert Solkov age 92, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Dayton, passed away Oct. 6. Mr. Solkov retired from USC Waste Equipment Company after 35 years of service. He was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. Mr. Solkov is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara L.; daughters and son-in-law, Lauren and David Maio of Dayton, Janine Raye of Tempe, Ariz., and Michelle Rose and John Wise of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Jessica (Kyle) Sewert, Jake Maio, Alixandra (Alexander) Galvez, Marissa Raye, Justin Rose; and many other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Beth Abraham Synagogue in Mr. Solkov’s memory.

Florence A. Tannenbaum, age 100 of Dayton, passed away Oct. 6. Born in Dayton, she proudly received her bachelor of science degree from Wittenberg University in 1939 and taught school in Springfield and Cincinnati. She was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, Temple Israel, and Temple Sholom in Springfield. Mrs. Tannenbaum was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Harvest Chapter) and Hadassah. She enjoyed The Dayton Philharmonic, playing the piano, traveling, and spending winters in Boca Raton. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 35 years, Dr. Robert Tannenbaum DDS; and her parents, Jacob and Ethel Arnovitz. Mrs. Tannenbaum is survived by her daughter, Lane Wood of Holden Beach, N.C.; and by two grandchildren, Ryan and Shayna Wood; as well as devoted family and friends, Matthew and Elaine Arnovitz, Burt and Alice Saidel, all of Dayton, and Duon Miller of Houston, in addition to many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Tannenbaum also appreciated the care she received from Home Instead. Memorial contributions may be made to Beth Abraham Synagogue, Temple Israel, or the charity of your choice in Mrs. Tannenbaum’s memory.

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