Neil Blumenfeld
July 3, 2018

Funeral Information

July 5 2018 - 10:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc, 5509 Centre Ave, Shadyside 15232

BLUMENFELD, NEIL: On Tuesday July 3, 2018. Beloved husband of Thelma, former husband of Zahava, father of Tal (Inbal) and Rona Blumenfeld. Step-father of Charles (Amy) Tashbook, Linda Tashbook, Judy Tashbook-Safern, and Susie Stern. Grandfather of Omer, Geffen, Eshed, Karni, David, Rachael, Noah, Sarah, Jonah, Ellie, Jacob, Caleb, and Anna. Neil's parents were Bernhardt and Marian Blumenfeld. Neil was born and raised in Pittsburgh, working as a teenager in his father's small grocery store in Braddock. He attended Linden School and the Valley Forge Military Academy and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. He fell in love with Israel and with Zahava when he traveled to Kibbutz Sha'ar HaGolan for what was supposed to be a six month visit. He married Zahava and they raised their two children on the kibbutz. In mid-life, he returned to Pittsburgh and married Thelma (a.k.a. Tammy) Nathan Tashbook. At this point in his life, he was a manager at the Food Gallery grocery store. He and Tammy soon opened a knish factory called Knish & Tell which they operated for six years. He then went to work in the front office at Carrick High School until retirement. Wherever he went, Neil made friends very easily and could be relied upon to help in any way that he was needed. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday at 10 AM. NO PRIOR VISITATION. Interment Agudath Achim Cemetery, Forest Hills.


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Dennis and I were so saddened to hear about Neil’s passing. We were so blessed to have Neil as a neighbor and we will miss seeing his smiling face on our daily walks. Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time. With Love and Much understanding Leslie and Dennis

By Leslie Levine-James and Dennis James - July 05, 2018

Dennis and I are so saddened by Neil's passing and we want to send our condolences to you and the family. Neil was such a wonderful neighbor and we always enjoy talking with him on our daily walks around the neighborhood.Neil will be greatly missed. Sending our love and much understanding. Leslie and Dennis James

By Leslie Levine-James and Dennis James - July 05, 2018

Dear Tammy and Tal, I am sorry for the loss of your husband and father. He was a good man. He was an entrepreneur like our grandfather, Joseph Blumenfeld. He will be missed.

By Robert David Nathan - July 05, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences to you all.

By Dick and Dana - July 05, 2018

Dear Tammy, Tal, Rona, and families, Neil was always very kind and warm with me. Since I was a young child, I found him to be funny and encouraging. I enjoyed emailing with him and occasionally speaking with him on the phone in recent years. It seemed he enjoyed each day. I especially remember him getting joy from the dog. I wish you all peace and good memories. I have no doubt each of you will miss Neil. Love and sympathy, David Paransky

By David Paransky - July 04, 2018

RIP my friend. Always a kind and decent man.

By Dave Vavro - July 04, 2018

Neil was a wonderful neighbor . He was very helpful and friendly and always head a huge smile and greeting. I will miss running into Neil in Glenwood while walking his dog. He will surely be missed!

By Nancy and Dennis Vargo - July 04, 2018

Tammy, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for your great loss. It was an honor working with and knowing Neil. Nancy

By Nancy Bick - July 04, 2018

Neil was a true gentleman. We were blessed to have Neil as our friend and neighbor. Neil and Tammy adopted our family and they were both our neighbor parents. We really enjoyed our trips with them to the arts and crafts shows. Neil brought a wonderful perspective to life and politics. We could talk for hours with him on the porch on Bartlett Street. Tammy always made sure we were well fed for these long summer evening conversations. Neil had great character and humor. We will miss Neil greatly.

By David Wells - July 04, 2018

כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה, תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord.

By Engineering Solutions Center - July 04, 2018

To my dear Mom, Tal, Rona, Inbal, Zahava, my dear siblings, our children, and the dozens of others who mourn Neil\'s passing from this world, I offer my most sincere condolences. We have lost among the sweetest and most gentle of men. We were blessed to know Neil. He made my life so much happier, meant so much to me, and I will miss him deeply. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim

By Judy Tashbook Safern - July 04, 2018