Harriet Louise Menzer passed away on August 2, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida at age 98. She was born in Rankin, Pa on March 29, 1923 to Herman and Bertha Berliner, and lived in Pittsburgh until 2016, when she moved to Aviva Senior Living in Sarasota.
Harriett graduated from Rankin High School in 1941, and married Robert B. Levine, who died in 1959. They were active members of the Horseless Carriage Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America, participating in car rallies in the Northeastern US and Canada in their 1911 Buick and their 1926 Model T Ford.
After Bob died, Harriet enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, while acting as a single parent to her two teen-age children. Upon graduation, she taught at Wilkinsburg High School and later at Peabody High School in Pittsburgh for 20 years.
In 1963, she met her second husband, Milton Menzer, at a duplicate bridge game in Pittsburgh. They found that they were compatible at the bridge table and in life, and were happily married for 24 years until Milt's passing in 1987. They loved traveling, often combining their enjoyment of bridge tournaments with their love of the theater, the symphony, and opera.
Harriet was an accomplished bridge player, who achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master. She and Milt won numerous tournaments throughout the US, and in Canada and Bermuda. She also played duplicate bridge online with partners from around the world, including Poland, China and Australia.
Harriet was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Linzer. She is survived by her daughter Suzan Lordi (Tom) of Sarasota; her son James Levine (Joyce) of Hudson OH and Sarasota; grandchildren Julia Puliese, Andrew Lordi, and Shana Levine, and four great-grandchildren.
She was also loved and will be greatly missed by her extended family of cousins, nephews and nieces, as well as her many friends. The family requests that any donations in Harriet's memory be made to Aviva Senior Living, 1955 N. Honore Ave, Suite B1, Sarasota, FL 34235.