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Monday, December 5, 2016


taken in Beaver Falls, PA
circa 1925

This photograph of Leah Sakulsky was located at the Palm Beach County Fairgrounds Antique Show. It is a bit pale, and I tweaked it in Photoscape to bring out more definition.

Leah was born Dec 26, 1908 in Tarentum PA, daughter of Barnett Sakulsky (1883-1956, possible parents Samuel Sakulsky and Annie Shimmerman/Zimmerman) and Mollie Levin (1886-1957, a daughter of Yankf Baer Tcheplavotsky and Tamara Risha Levin).

1920 CENSUS, Westmoreland PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 36, born in Russia, machinist at a steel mill
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 34, Russia
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 11, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Elhanan, son, 7, Pennsylvania
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 3, Pennsylvania

1930 CENSUS, Aliquippa, PA
SAKULSKY, Barnett, head, 46, no occupation
SAKULSKY, Mollie, wife, 44, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Leah, daughter, 21, clerk in grocery store
SAKULSKY, Elkanan, son, 17
SAKULSKY, Grace, daughter, 13
SAKULSKY, Jerry, son, 4

Complete list of siblings:
Sophie (1907-1916)
Elhanan (1913-2005)
Grace (1916-1993) married Philip Gordon, Oct 29, 1941.
Jacob "Jerry" (1925-1976)

In the 1940 Census, father Barnett is shown as the proprietor of a retail grocery.

Leah married Martin Goldenfeld (1897-1988), an immigrant butcher from Romania.

They had the following children:
Toba Goldenfeld (born abt 1936), eloped in 1957 with Lt. Joel B. Levinson. Toba ran a used bookstore on Murray Avenue. She was affectionately known as the "mayor of Murray Avenue." They had sons Jeff, Eric, Drew and Mark.
Rita Goldenfeld (born abt 1939), married Joel Silverman. They had son Robert.

Leah died May 29, 1996, at age 87, and is buried at the New Light Cemetery in Etna, PA, next to her husband. This funeral notice was located in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of May 31, 1996.

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