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The Descendants of Israel Goldstock

First Generation
 
1. Israel GOLDSTOCK was born in Russia. He died in Russia and was buried in Russia.
Israel Goldstock's name was discovered on the death certificate of daugther, Lea (Goldstock) Dinovitz from April 1912.  The name Izrael Goldsztok was also found in the Jewish Records Indexing Poland datbase on jewishgen.org for the Lomza Gubernia District Marriage Records from 1883. He was from Raygrod, Russia and most likely was born and died there.  No information was listed about a spouse name.
Israel married UNKNOWN[2]. UNKNOWN was born in Russia. She died in Russia and was buried in Russia.

They had the following children:
 + 2 F i. Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK was born 1862 and died 26 Apr 1912.
  3 M ii. Abraham GOLDSTOCK was born in Raigrad, Russia. He died in Pittsburgh, PA.
Abraham married Sarah UNKNOWN. Sarah was born in Russia. She died in Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Second Generation
 
2. Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK (Israel) was born 1862 in Russia. She died 26 Apr 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA and was buried 28 Apr 1912 in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery/ McKees Rocks.

BIOGRAPHY: Leja Rejzla Goldsztok Dunowicz (Lea Rose Goldstock Dinovitz), widowed in her 40s, raised 4 boys; Israel, Sam, Ben and Charles.  She immigrated from Rajgrod, Russia (Polish Russia) around 1894 with 3 sons Sam, Israel & Ben and husband Max.  Charles was born here in Pittsburgh. She also had a daughter, Sora Dina, who died in 1891. It is not known how the family arrived or where.  No information on these Dinovitz's are on record at Ellis Island.  Philadelphia, Boston or Baltimore were more popular ports at that time.  She was also a family mystery until I found her in the 1910 US Census.  Known residences in the Hill District were; 1527 Center Avenue, 151 Elm Street and 1506 Colwell Street.  She passed away at age 50 from Chronic Vascular Disease at home on Colwell Street, April 26, 1912 at 9:35 PM.  Her doctor was M.A. Goodstone MD and her death certificate was signed by son Samuel.
 
BURIED: Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery
McKees Rocks, PA
Upper Middle Section, Beth Jacob side
Section E, Row 7, Plot 87
April 28, 1912

Lea married Maximilian DINOVITZ "Max", son of Szmul DINOVITZ and UNKNOWN. Max was born 1859 in Raigrad, Russia. He died 1903 in Pittsburgh, PA and was buried in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery/ McKees Rocks.

BIOGRAPHY: Mordchaj Dunowicz (Max Dinovitz) has been a mystery to the family for over 100 years until I finally uncovered his existance.  A peddler from Russia/Poland, he died in 1903 after coming to the USA in the arly 1890s.  He has been buried in McKees Rock's Beth Hamadresh Hagodol Cemetery all this time and we never knew it.  What an oversight, but finally we can put a name behind our family!  The Pittsburgh, PA City Directories from 1899 - 1906 list the last name as; Dinewitz, Dinewich, Dinowitz, Dinowich & Dinovitz.  The spelling Dinovitz appeared after his death around 1903.  Also, his first name is listed as Marks in the 1899 Directory.   All addresses listed were 1527 Center Avenue (Pittsburgh's Hill District Area).  According to the 1900 US Census, Max Denovich with wife Lea and sons Sam, Israel, Ben & Charles lived on 1527 Center Avenue.  These details were found on 3/29/2007.  Atleast we now know the family lived together for a short time while in the USA.

BURIAL: Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery
McKees Rocks, PA
Upper Middle Section, Beth Jacob side
Section E, Row 4, Plot 40
No headstone, no death information

They had the following children:
 + 4 M i. Charles DINOVITZ was born 21 Feb 1900 and died 1954.
  5 M ii. Samuel DINOVITZ "Sam" was born 10 Feb 1889 in Raigrad, Russia. He died 1918 in WWI - France  KIA and was buried in Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Cemetery/ McKees Rocks.
BIOGRAPHY: Never married, no children.  Served in World War I; United States Army, 109th Infantry, 28th Division, Company L (Service Number 1850824)
 
DEATH: Sam was listed as "Missing In Action" in 1918 during a US Army battle in France.  The family spent 2 years writing to the Army to uncover confidential details about his disappearance during the war.  He was finally deamed "Killed In Action" around 1920.
 
BURIAL: Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery
McKees Rocks, PA
Upper Middle Section, Beth Jacob side
Section C, Row 9, Plot 16
Headstone reads "KIA" - killed in action

 + 6 M iii. Benjamin DINOVITZ was born 27 Apr 1891.
  7 M iv. Isadore DINOVITZ "Izzy" was born 14 Jul 1886 in Raigrad, Russia. He died 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Izzy married Rebecca UNKNOWN "Becky".
  8 F v. Sora Dina DINOVITZ[3] died 1891 in Raigrad, Russia.
Sora Dina Dunowicz a daughter, born to Leja and Mordchaj Dunowicz died in 1891.  The records were found in the Jewish Records Indexing Poland on jewishgen.org.  The date of birth or any other vital records have not been found yet!
 
Third Generation
 
4. Charles DINOVITZ (Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 21 Feb 1900 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died 1954 in Pittsburgh, PA from Stroke.

BIOGRAPHY: Charles was orphaned at the age of 12 and was raised with his aunt and uncle; Abraham and Sarah Goldstock, who arrived in the USA in 1906.  Abe Goldstock is believed to be Lea (Goldstock) Dinovit'z brother.  This information has not been confirmed though.  Charles started to work in the men's clothing business with his brother Israel.  After Izzy's death in 1940 Charles became owner of Dinovitz Clothing Company on Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. 
Charles married Rose DOBKIN "Rosie", daughter of Itsel DOBKIN "Israel" and Chane FREIDMAN "Anna". Rosie was born 1903 in Russia. She died 2005 in Pittsburgh, PA from Heart Failure.

BIOGRAPHY: Immigrated to USA from Furewizci, Russia on 10/25/1907.
The German vessel "Wittekind" traveled to Ellis Island with 1540 passengers from the port of Bremen and landed on 11/07/1907.  Among the 1540 passengers was mother Chane Dobkin, daughter Reisel(age 3) and sons Jankel(age 5) and Rubin (age 7).  They resided in Shamokin, PA with husband and father Itsel Dobkin, who arrived 2 years prior. 

They had the following children:
 + 9 M i. Sanford DINOVITZ was born 13 May 1932 and died 7 Mar 2007.
 + 10 F ii. Eleanor DINOVITZ was born 1924.
6. Benjamin DINOVITZ "Ben" (Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 27 Apr 1891 in Raigrad, Russia. He died in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ben married Rose UNKNOWN.

They had the following children:
 + 11 M i. Morton DINOVITZ was born 1924 and died 1976.
 + 12 M ii. Jerome DINOVITZ (DINES).
 
Fourth Generation
 
9. Sanford DINOVITZ "Chick" (Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 13 May 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died 7 Mar 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA from Stroke.

BIOGRAPHY: Chick followed his father's lead and went into the men's clothing industry as well.  He took over Dinovitz Clothing in 1954 after the unexpected passing of his father.  He was a mainstay on Fifth Avenue through the early 1970s with Dinovitz Clothing and Al Berk's. 
His seventy-four years were spent seeing his entire family (sons, daughters-in-law, grand-children, mother, sister, nieces and nephews) as his shining stars in his life. Just like his father, Chick also left us rather unexpectedly on March 7, 2007 after a short battle with cancer and mini-strokes. Although he lost this battle, he will always be a shining star in all of the eyes that he touched!

Chick married Barbara AKSELRAD "Barb", daughter of Frank AKSELRAD and Dorothy GOLDEN, in Sep 1967 in Pittsburgh, PA. The marriage ended in divorce. Barb was born 15 Jun 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Chick and Barb were divorced 1992 in Pittsburgh, PA.

They had the following children:
  13 M i. Mark DINOVITZ was born 27 Mar 1970 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mark married Aniela SCANLON "Nellie", daughter of George SCANLON and Kathryn KUSH "Honey", on 15 Sep 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA. Nellie was born 27 Sep 1974 in Franklin, PA.

 + 14 M ii. Charles DINOVITZ was born 30 Oct 1968.

10. Eleanor DINOVITZ "Cookie" (Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Cookie married Benjamin ROSENBERG "Bud". Bud was born 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died 2004 in Pittsburgh, PA and was buried 2004 in Beth Shalom Cemetery; Pittsburgh, PA.
Bud proudly served his country and everyones freedom in WWII.  He experienced more in those short years than most people do in their entire lives.  I have always been proud to tell anyone who would listen about my "Uncle Bud" fighting for our country and the few stories he ever shared with me.

They had the following children:
 + 15 F i. Barbara ROSENBERG.
 + 16 F ii. Judith ROSENBERG.

11. Morton DINOVITZ "Morty" (Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died 1976 in Fairmont, WV.
Morty married Irene OBERFIELD.

They had the following children:
 + 17 F i. Linda DINOVITZ.
 + 18 M ii. Richard DINOVITZ.

12. Jerome DINOVITZ (DINES) "Jerry" (Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel).
Jerry married Barbara WEINER "Barb".

They had the following children:
 + 19 M i. Steven DINOVITZ (DINES).
 + 20 M ii. Benjamin DINOVITZ (DINES).
 
Fifth Generation
 
14. Charles DINOVITZ "Chuck" (Sanford DINOVITZ, Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 30 Oct 1968 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Chuck married Jennifer HARRISON "Jen". Jen was born 1972 in Pittsburgh, PA.

They had the following children:
  21 F i. Racquel DINOVITZ was born 29 Apr 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  22 M ii. Pearce DINOVITZ was born 2006 in Pittsburgh, PA.

15. Barbara ROSENBERG "Barb" (Eleanor DINOVITZ, Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel).  Barb married Richard HELFER "Rick".

They had the following children:
 + 23 M i. Michael HELFER was born 1969.
 + 24 M ii. Joshua HELFER was born 1973.

16. Judith ROSENBERG (Eleanor DINOVITZ, Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel).  Judith married Lewis KRAUSE  "Lew".

They had the following children:
  25 F i. Carrie KRAUSE .
  26 M ii. Matthew KRAUSE .

17. Linda DINOVITZ (Morton DINOVITZ, Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel).
She had the following children:
  27 F i. Melissa BARTON.
Melissa married Frederick MADURO III.

18. Richard DINOVITZ (Morton DINOVITZ, Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel).  Richard is married to Jill Rae Dinovitz.

They had the following children:
  28 M i. Matthew DINOVITZ.
  29 M ii. Arin M. DINOVITZ.

19. Steven DINOVITZ (DINES) "Steve" (Jerome DINOVITZ (DINES), Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born in Pittsburgh, PA.
Steve married Kathleen UNKNOWN "Kathy".
They had the following children:
  30 M i. Sergei DINOVITZ (DINES).
  31 M ii. Michael DINOVITZ (DINES).
  32 M iii. Daniel DINOVITZ (DINES).
  33 F iv. Heather DINOVITZ (DINES).
  34 F v. Tiffany DINOVITZ (DINES).

20. Benjamin DINOVITZ (DINES) "Bengy" (Jerome DINOVITZ (DINES), Benjamin DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born in Pittsburgh, PA.
Bengy married Jody UNKNOWN.
They had the following children:
  35 M i. Nathan DINOVITZ.
  36 M ii. Alexa DINOVITZ.
 
Sixth Generation
 
23. Michael HELFER "Mike" (Barbara ROSENBERG, Eleanor DINOVITZ, Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 1969.
Mike married Tracy JONES.
They had the following children:
  37 F i. Madison HELFER.
  38 M ii. Jacob HELFER.

24. Joshua HELFER "Josh" (Barbara ROSENBERG, Eleanor DINOVITZ, Charles DINOVITZ, Lea Rose GOLDSTOCK, Israel) was born 1973.
Josh married Kristie MAZUR.
They had the following children:
  39 M i. Korie HELFER.
  40 M ii. Richie MORRISON.
  41 F iii. Jessica HELFER.
  42 F iv. Taylor HELFER.

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