MERVIS: Maurice Mervis was born in New Castle, Pa., in 1919 to eastern European immigrant parents, Hinda and Eli Mervis, the youngest of four children. Mashe, as he was called, died Monday, August 15 at 97 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Claire, and his children, Linda Levin, Eileen and Robert Cohn and Alex Mervis; and Mashe’s loving grandchildren, Stacy, Dana, Philip, Abbey and Chase; and newborn great-grandson, Myer. He received excellent care at his home from his wife, family and loving caregivers over seven years of his extended illness. Maurice graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1940 and established his career as a reliable neighborhood pharmacist at Hoffman’s Professional Pharmacy in Beaver Falls. Later the store became known as Mervis Professional Pharmacy. He enjoyed his work and his expertise was acknowledged in 1982 when he was appointed to chair the State of Pennsylvania Pharmacy Board, by Gov. Richard L. Thornburgh. Maurice was observant in his practice of Judaism. This moral fiber was an intricate part of his life. His family and his pharmacy were his passion. A graveside service was held in Tifereth Israel Cemetery, New Castle. Arrangements by Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, hillandkunselman.com, 3801-4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Memorials may be made to the University of Pittsburgh, 1104 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, (in memo write Maurice Mervis Scholarship) or to the Beaver Falls Carnegie Free Library, 1301-7th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.