Edward Consove, 96, of Longboat Key, died May 14.
Born Feb. 13, 1913, in Providence, R.I., Mr. Consove worked in his family’s businesses before founding Standard Supply, a wholesale supply company. He was a lifelong Rhode Island resident and continued to spend summers in Narragansett, R.I. after he retired on Longboat Key.
Mr. Consove was a former member of Temple Emanu-El and was a past president of its men’s club. He was a founding member of Temple Beth Israel and sang in its chorus. He was a member of Redwood Lodge No. 35 of the Masons, in East Providence, R.I.
Mr. Consove was a voracious reader and an avid golf, bridge and tennis player. He enjoyed socializing at his cabana at the Canonchet Beach Club, in Narragansett. Of all his personal accomplishments, he was especially proud of his success with Toastmasters.
Mr. Consove is survived by his daughters Reva Miller, of Sarasota, and Beryl Feldman, of Rehoboth, Mass.; son, Gerald Consove, of Providence; sister Vivian Berren, of Boynton Beach; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held in Providence. Memorial contributions can be made to Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Fla. 34228, or to your favorite charity.
Betty Danto, 87, of Longboat Key and Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died May 31.
Born in 1921, she was the wife of Marvin Danto, who owns the Michigan Design Center in Troy, Mich., and Design Center of the Americas, in Dania Beach. Mrs. Danto was a homemaker and also helped Mr. Danto with his businesses.
In the Sarasota area, Mrs. Danto was known for her philanthropic support of the arts and education.
According to Sarasota Ballet board member Richard Angelotti, Mrs. Danto was a faithful supporter of the ballet and attended performances regularly. She also supported the Florida West Coast Symphony, New College and “Dance — The Next Generation,” a Sarasota Ballet program that provides scholarships to at-risk students.
“Betty was a beautiful person inside and out,” Angelotti said. “It’s a huge loss for Sarasota — and the world.”
The Dantos supported organizations in Michigan, as well. They helped to establish the Engineering Development Center at the Wayne State University College of Engineering, in Detroit, with a $3 million gift and contributed $2 million to the construction of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.
Mrs. Danto was active in the Jewish community and received the “Award of Excellence” from Jewish Home & Aging Services, in West Bloomfield, Mich.
Mrs. Danto is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughters Joanne Danto and Gail Danto; son James Danto; sister Carol Novitz; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral was held June 2, in Michigan.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, 6555 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, Mich. 48322; or the University of Michigan Cancer Center Development Office, Dr. Jakubowiak Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, 301 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104.
George Richard Katzenbach Sr.
George Richard Katzenbach Sr., 87, of Sarasota, died June 10, 2009, with his wife and daughter at his side.
Mr. Katzenbach was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Haverford, Pa. Following graduation from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa., he married Lois Best, his high-school sweetheart.
After completing the naval flight-training program in Pensacola where he finished in the top 10% of his class, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. Mr. Katzenbach served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific
Theatre during World War II. He was recalled into the Marines during the Korean War and served again as a fighter pilot.
Following the war, he returned to Philadelphia and began a 38-year career in the food industry. He was chairman of Thriftway Foods in 1966, when a merger with Fleming Foods took him to Topeka, Kan. He served as financial vice-president of the Fleming Cos. Mr. Katzenbach retired as president of the Fleming Cos. in 1983.
In 1985, he began one of the most meaningful projects of his life — the founding of the Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger (FICAH), which is now known as Food For All and is based in Washington, D.C. FICAH funded overseas programs, focusing not just on food for the needy but on helping the needy produce their own food. One early project was the funding of fish farms in Rwanda, which earned FICAH a commendation from the Peace Corps in 1991 and a citation from President George H.W. Bush.
Mr. Katzenbach was also the recipient of the Herbert Hoover Award given by the food industry in March 1991, in honor of distinguished service and in recognition of the founding of FICAH.
Mr. Katzenbach was a consummate family man who never missed an opportunity to help others. His sharp wit, ready smile and generous spirit are already missed by his wife, Lois; his son, G. Richard Katzenbach, Jr. (Paulette) of Los Angeles, Ca.; his daughter, Carol, of Longboat Key; his grandchildren, Kim, Kerry, Courtney and Victor; and his five great-grandchildren. “Ole Dad” will live forever in the hearts of his family.
Memorial services are pending. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to InStride, P.O. Box 365, Nokomis, Fla., 34274.