Virginia Beach —Virginia Dorothy Lewis Mann, of Virginia Beach, Va., AKA “the smiling lady wearing the hat” passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at Beth Sholom Home, where she had resided for the past seven years.
Born in Toledo, Ohio on May 31, 1912, she was the eldest of three children born to William and Matilda Lewis, all of whom predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her deeply beloved husband and best friend, Solomon “Sollie” Mann, and son-in-law, David H. Levine.
For many years, Virginia was a dental assistant to Dr. Siebert, DDS. She then became a proofreader for the Toledo Blade newspaper. Her favorite work was doing national sales promotions for Marcel Cosmetics, a division of the Borden Company. She traveled the U.S. doing promotions in various department stores. Sollie usually accompanied her, selling his book, Mann’s Speller Divider to school systems and universities. They totally retired after the seventh edition of the book.
Virginia was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel, was a former volunteer for the Gift Shop and the Darlington House, all in Toledo, as well as a member of the Sisterhood and Hadassah.
Virginia is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Bill) Fischer of Texas and Susan Levine, of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren Robert Levine, Conn., Robin (Greg) Jones, Ellis (Katheryne) Levine, Tenn., Laura Wygle, Ariz., Steven (Marybeth) Levine, Mich., and 14 great grandchildren.
The family is deeply grateful to the Beth Sholom staff for the outstanding care, love, patience and support that Virginia received. Not only the nursing staff but the ENTI RE staff. To people who reject nursing homes, “you don’t know Beth Sholom Home.” She was under the care of Freda Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care. They provided a team of the most knowledgeable, kind and loving professionals.
Graveside services were held in Beth Shalom Cemetery in Oregon, Ohio with Cantor Ivor Lichterman officiating. Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home in Toledo was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service was conducted by Rabbi Marc Kraus and Cantor Elihu Flax at Beth Sholom Home in Virginia Beach.
Memorial donations to Beth Sholom Home or Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care, 260 Grayson Rd., Virginia Beach, VA. 23462.