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Rose Blaushild Pelunis

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Sep 2001 (aged 83)
Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 176330046 · View Source
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Rose Pelunis (nee Blaushild) was born June 29, 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of Lester "Les" Blaushild and Mildred "Milly" Meyers. She died Sept 11, 2001 age 83 at Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Hts, Ohio, a resident of Beachwood.

She was married in Cleveland, Dec 25, 1938 by Rabbi Brickner to Abraham David "Abe" (A.D.) Pelunis. He was born July 26, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio, one of 5 children of Nathan Pelunis, a cabinetmaker, and Gussie Pearlman /Perlman. He died May 31, 1998 age 85 in Warrensville Hts, Ohio, formerly of Lakewood, and Shaker Hts, OH. His parents were born in Russia.

* Mrs Frieda Rosen Fenberg born March 3, 1911 in Cleveland, died Nov 14, 2003 age 92. Buried in Mt Olive Cemetery. She and Morris Fenberg divorced in 1952 in FL. He died May 12, 1996
* Mrs Adeline Shapiro born April 18, 1916 in Cleveland, died Nov 25, 1989 age 73 in Cleveland, residence, University Hts. Married June 16 1940, Abe Shapiro born April 2, 1916 in Cleveland, the son of Harry Shapiro & Ida Matz, he died Oct 16, 1976 age 60 at Mt Sinai Med. Center, Cleveland, a WWII US veteran
* Sidney S Pelunis born Feb 8, 1915 in Cleveland, died Oct 6, 1985 age 70 at Hillcrest Hosp, Mayfield Hts, a resident of Beachwood. He married Oct 23, 1938, Annette M. Stern the daughter of Leo Stern & Margaret Sinkovitz. She died Jan 25, 2004 age 87.
* Ida Pelunis born 1918 in Cleveland
Abe was born at East 37th and Woodland. His parents died when he was a teenager, and A.D. became the sole breadwinner.

After attending John Adams High School, he started at age 16 in 1928 as an office boy for Blaushild Motors at E.121st and Kinsman run by Lester Blaushild.

Within two years, A.D. became service manager which enabled him to keep the family together as the nation entered the Great Depression. In 1935 he was assigned to manage a Collinwood branch office for Blaushild

Three years later he acquired this branch as a dealership of his own for $3,000 in borrowed money. In 1939 he had to close it and return to Blaushild’s as a salesman where he was able to pay back all the money he owed.

In 1942 he helped the World War II effort by becoming part-owner of a machine shop. At the end of the war, he opened Chrysler-Plymouth dealerships, first in Lima, Ohio, and then in Lockport, NY and sold those in a few years.

In 1950 he obtained a DeSoto-Plymouth franchise at Detroit and Grace Avenues in Lakewood which lasted seven years, during which time he received the manufacturer’s Quality Award presented to only 19 dealers out of 3,000 nationwide.

In 1958 A.D. bought out Hanks Motors (Oldsmobile dealership) of Lakewood, and continued at his Detroit Avenue location with Oldsmobiles.

Abe sold his Lakewood Oldsmobile dealership in 1979. In 1992 his major interest was deep discount business -Drug Emporium Inc., operating 223 stores in 34 states. He was a member of its board of directors.

Abe had a reputation for honesty and fairness, and his generosity helped the community’s hospital, churches and charitable organizations.

Abe was Honorary trustee of the Lakewood Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation and received a Legion of Honor Award for having chalked up 25 years as a local Kiwanian.

In 1992 Abe and his wife, the former Rose Blaushild, daughter of Les, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. They had 3 daughters & 8 grandchildren and were living in Shaker Heights. Rose was the sister of f David L. Blaushild and Mrs Helen Sills.

Abe and Rose were both buried in Mayfield Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Sources: Rose's obit, Plain Dealer, Sept 13, 2001 pg 6 sec B; Census Records; Cleveland Jewish News Obituary Index; Social Security Applications and Claims Index; Ohio Death Records; exerpts from article by Dan Chabek, Lakewood Sun Post April 2, 1992; Cuyahoga Co OH Marriage Records; US Dept of Veterans Affairs Death File, Florida Divorce Index; etc.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 176330046
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rose Blaushild Pelunis (29 Jun 1918–11 Sep 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176330046, citing Mayfield Cemetery, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Mary K. Ward (contributor 46603498) .