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July 22, 2018

5/30/2018 8:36:00 AM
Sam Pila, longtime Stewartville businessman, dies in Florida

Salomon (Sam) Pila, formerly of Sterwartville, completed his life May 24, 2018.
He was born on July 20, 1925 in Poland to Kalman and Kresla Pila. Salomon was the youngest of five sons. He was interred in concentration camps as a teenager during the Holocaust and, for a time, he was a worker in the Oskar Schindler factory. He survived the Holocaust and moved to the US in 1952, initially establishing Pila Livestock Company in Stewartville with his brother, Isak (Jack), and close family friend, Moses Reiber.
He met Herta Neuburger in Munich, Germany after the Holocaust and in 1953, they were married in Rochester, and raised their family in Stewartville. In 1975, he closed down Pila Livestock Company and moved to Tampa, Florida to assume the reigns of Milk A Way Farms, Inc. in Brooksville, Florida, retiring in 2006.
Salomon is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Herta; their three children Kalman (Ethel), Moritz (Elizabeth) and Harriet, nine grandchildren, Matthew (Stacy), Joshua (Jennifer), Benjamin, Rachel (Eric Prochut), Sarah, Stefani (Nathan Kasimer), Orli, Nathaniel and Daphna Shull, and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Gabriel and Davis Pila.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Ines Margarita Nivar de Moreta and Cerafina Martinez, for all their assistance in the past year in providing loving care to him.
Donations in memory of Salomon can be made to The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida or Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, Florida.

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