Florence “Flo” D. Mendelson

June 5, 1925 - February 4, 2015

06/05/1925 - 02/04/2015

Florence “Flo” Mendelson, 89 of Shadyside, Ohio formerly of Bellaire, Ohio died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire, Ohio.

She was born June 5, 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Harry and Sara Sokol Rubin.

Florence was the owner and operator of Merle Norman Cosmetics and The Berman’s Wig Shop in Bellaire, Ohio; a member of Temple Shalom in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Temple Shalom Sisterhood, Wheeling Chapter of Hadassah, former Bellaire City Hospital volunteer and the Bellaire Child Guidance.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Mendelson on August 22, 2005 and her brother, Sidney Rubin.

Surviving are her three sons, Joel Mendelson of Littleton, Colorado, Gerry Rose Mendelson of Shadyside, Ohio and Zachary Krista Mendelson of Morgantown, West Virginia. Also five grandchildren, Tiffany Bocox of Siloam Springs, Arkansas,
Erica Andrew Yanchus of San Diego, California, Lindsay Patrick Fletcher of Columbus, Ohio, Izaak Mendelson of New York City, New York and Yale Mendelson of Morgantown, West Virginia; one great granddaughter, Hanlon Yanchus and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm and on Sunday from 1 pm until the time of service at 2 pm February 8, 2015 with Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner officiating. Interment in the Jewish Winding Hill Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Shalom 23 Bethany Pike Wheeling, West Virginia 26003 or the Charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lanny and Debbie Sitar
8 years ago

Dear Gerry and all family,

Our condolences for your losing Florence. She was an exceptional lady, kind and loving her family. She won’t be forgotten.

Barbara Malpiedi Kirby
8 years ago

Dear Gerry and family

I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful companion for my mother. I always enjoyed joining them for dinner at Rigas’ when I came home. Ah, the stories! My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I treasure the time I had with her and Mom. Please know you are all in our prayers.

Barbara, Milford and Ashley

Vicki Vanchure
8 years ago

Dear Gerry, So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Steve and MaryJo Zacchini Kurko
8 years ago

Dear Gerry, Zach and Joel: Flo was absolutely a beautiful spirit and she was the epitamy of what a woman hopes she can be. She loved unconditionally and carried herself with such grace and dignity that it behooved us all. I can never forget her beautiful face, her beautiful smile and her beautiful soul…what a wonderful woman that blessed all of your lives and with the greatest of all character.

Ed Pollock
8 years ago

Gerry and family,

I was very sorry to see in today’s paper that your Mom has passed away. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this tme of grief.

My condolences,

Ed Pollock

Rose Lollathin
8 years ago

Gerry and family, I am so sorry for your loss..I have known your mother for 40 some years.I always like to go down stairs to her shop and visit. She was a wonderful woman and very classy. She always has a smile on her face. My prayers are with You and Your family..Rose Lollathin

Judy Hill
8 years ago


Our family sends our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Rose Porch
8 years ago

I am very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. We were good friends for many years and I have a lot of fond memories of her. We had a lot of fun together. She always had a smile on her face and was friendly to everyone. She will be missed by all.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Mary Rose Porch

Maryann Droll
8 years ago

May God’s peace and blessings be yours during this most tender season; and, may He give you many lovely memories, so that you may always have roses in December.

Shalom, Flo!


Linda Ball Krueger
8 years ago

My condolances to family of Florance. My mom, Annie, and I were old customers. We always had a great time when we were around her. What an angel. May she rest in peace from all her hard work.

Carma Kovalo
8 years ago

My deepest condolences to you and yours Florence was a class act… from when I was a child, admiring her international doll collection, to a teenager at Merle Norman, and as an adult, seeing her at the Care Center. She will be fondly remembered.

Joni fox
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy. Your mother was such a special lady and made a positive impression on so many lives. It was a pleasure knowing her. I was glad I was part of her life and your lives as well

Kimberly Duvall Kovacs
8 years ago

My heart goes out to the whole family. It’s never easy losing a loved one so dear to us. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this rough time of sadness. Flo was the most beautiful and sweetest lady. I’m glad I got to know her. Her memory will live on in many people’s lives she’s touched. God Bless you all.

Joseph C. Samaras
8 years ago

My sincere condolences to the family. She was a wonderful lady. She has now joined Louis in paradise.

Pete and Jan Gyza
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . Your memories of Flo will provide you comfort during this difficult time.


Pete, Jan, Jennifer, Bryan, Michelle, and Jake

Robert & Dawn Glaser
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends…. A great family, great friends and great neighbors on 48th and Noble. God bless!

Tim Halloran
8 years ago

Reva and I are praying for you and your family at this time. May God’s grace, peace, and strength surround you all. Shalom, Tim

Jo Ann Dunham
8 years ago

Sending sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother. Florence was such a wonderful, classy lady. Fred and I enjoyed her very much.

Jo Ann & Fred Dunham

Barb Strussion
8 years ago

Sending Sympathy and prayers to Florence’s Family. A beautiful, caring , sweet lady and a pillar of the Bellaire Community.

8 years ago


Rev. Alice Phillips
8 years ago

To Flo’s Family,

Flo was one of the kindest, dearest, most generous individuals I had the privilege to get to know when I was pastor in Shadyside. She and Sally had a ministry in her shop for cancer patients. Often when I was in Bellaire, I would just pop in and say “Hi!”…always greeted with a warm smile. Flo had a way of making other people feel special. We also had many talks over lunch at Rigas’ Restaurant…often times theological conversations. She took such an interest in me and my ministry even visiting my church on a Sunday morning.

She was a blessing to know!

Remembering you in my prayers.

Blessings in Jesus,

Rev. Alice Phillips

John Byles
8 years ago

We send our condolences to the family of Florence Mendelson

John & Peggy Byles

Greg & Rosalee Byles

David A Harbaugh
8 years ago

With Deepest Sympathy for your loss, our prayers are with your family.

David & Mary

David from Tireland

Brad Northcraft
8 years ago

Zach & Family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I recall fondly growing up in the “old” neighborhood and feel fortunate to have had role models like Mrs. Mendelson. I pray your grief is somehow lessoned in the knowledge that her memory lives on in each of us.

Sean Andreas
8 years ago

Zach and Family,

My condolences on the passing of your Mother. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sean Andreas

Jeff Booth
8 years ago


I am very sorry for your loss.