In Rememberance of Phil Spiegel
Phil SpiegelLand O'Lakes, FL April 21, 1924 ~ September 3, 2011 Date of Service: September 7, 2011
Phil Spiegel, formerly of Scranton, died Saturday morning in Tampa, FL. He was the husband of the former Estelle Roth who died in 1995.
Born in Scranton in 1924, the son of Harry and Rose Judkovics Spiegel, he was a graduate of the former Central High School. He left Penn State University early in World War II to enlist in what was then the Army Air Corps. He flew 18 missions over Europe with the 8th Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters and a Presidential Unit Citation. He participated in campaigns and air battles over Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. At the war’s end he was a First Lieutenant.
After the war he was employed by Warner Brothers Pictures in New York City. He later returned to Scranton and for 30 years was a partner in Spiegel’s Carpet and Linoleum Stores in Scranton and Childs with his brother Irwin who died in 1997.
He was a ham radio operator for many years and had contacts with other ham operators in over 60 countries. He was also a constructor of Sunday crossword puzzles and was published in many leading newspapers throughout the country including The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Sun Times, The Los Angeles Times and New York Times Puzzle Books along with the November 23, 1980 edition of the Sunday Scranton Times. He was an avid reader and could be seen walking at Lake Scranton for many years. He had a great sense of humor and a very quick wit. He loved and adored his family and they returned that love to him.
Surviving are daughters, Linda Spiegel and husband Jerry of Tampa FL and Wendy Sondag and husband Steve of Viera FL; granddaughters, Jennifer Sondag and husband Charles and Elizabeth Sondag; sister, Frimi Orel and husband Irvin of Voorhees NJ; sister-in-law Doris Spiegel of Scranton and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service by Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat will be held Wednesday at 11 AM in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery. There is no shiva.
Memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice at www.lifepath-hospice.org, C/O 12973 Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, Fla. 33637 or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc.