Submitted By Deborah Scheimer
January 3, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by Deborah Scheimer
Zev (Wolf, William)
Pervin (1855 - 4/21/1921) came to this country with his wife Clara Hoffman Pervin
(1864 - 12/24/1930) from Berdichev,
Russia (currently in Zhytomyr province in the Ukraine) around 1891.
We know very little about how they came to this country or how they came
to Pittsburgh. I can't find them on
the Ellis Island web site, perhaps because the records in their online database
only go back to 1892. Dorothy Pervin King
(#6-1) remembers the following about them: They may have come from the
Port of Hamburg but there's no verification of this.
Clara may have a brother or father named David Hoffman and there may be
cousins with the last name of Cooper. Zev
may have had a sister, Rachel Pervin who married Jacob Spear and had at least
one child, Annie Spear, possibly of Cleveland, but again we're not sure.
Since Annie is married, we don't know how to trace her.
was naturalized in Pittsburgh, PA in 1903. Zev and Clara are both burried
in Beth Abraham Cemetery there. They came
to Pittsburgh with 3 children and had a total of 7 children:
with her parents from Berdichev.
She married Louis Menzer (6/15/1881 - 12/1966, 169-28-1613), also an immigrant, and
they are buried in Beth Abraham Cemetery. Eva and Louis had 3 children:
Harry Menzer (1/22/1908 - 6/14/1993, 194-32-7183) who married Leonore Sidler.
They are both buried in Tree of Life Memorial Park. They
had no children.
1-2. Milton Menzer (2/23/1910 2/1987, 187-22-9295), who married twice. His first marriage was to Jeanette Kaplan, who's father was a rabbi in Pittsburgh. They had 2 children and are buried in Beth Abraham Cemetery. Milton's second marriage was to Harriet ?; they had no children.
Menzer (10/5/1940 - 3/1986, 204-30-2691) who never
married. His last residence was in Upper St. Clair, a suburb of
His last residence was in Upper St. Clair, a suburb of Pittsbourgh.
Esther Menzer (3/19/1918 - 9/30/2000, 170-01-3190), who married William Zavosnik
(Zavos) (2/12/1914 - 12/1980,192-07-7161).
They lived in Monroeville and/or Squirrel Hill, suburbs of Pittsburgh and
are buried in Beth Abraham Cemetery. Esther and William had 2 children:
1-3-1. Robert (Bobby) Zavos, who married ?, lives in Pittsburgh, and has children.
child ? (b. 1978?)
1-3-2. Evelyn Zavos, who married ?
and has children in Pittsburgh.
Pervin (b.1890?), who
came with her parents from Berdichev.
She married Victor Klinkenstein, also an immigrant.
There is a story of how she lost her citizenship status when she married
Victor and had to regain it at the beginning of World War II in order not be
considered an ailien. Rose
and Victor are both buried in Beth Abraham Cemetery and had 2 children:
Martin Klinkenstein (possibly 5/2/1913 -5/1969,098-09-3223(NY)), who married?
(possibly Eleanor (3/10/1915 - 5/1975,060-16-8789 issued NY before 1951
(23502Norfolk City, VA)) and had no children.
William Pervin does not recall that Martin was ever married, so we're not sure about
Martin's information yet. Martin is buried in Tree of Life Cemetery.
William Klinkenstein (10/12/1921 - 4/1964,174-14-2025), who married Marcia
Palley (3/28/1922 - 3/1987, 175-12-2039 (33140 Miami Dade, FL)).
They lived in Pittsburgh, then moved to the East Coast, where William
died. William and Marcia had 1 son:
3. Sam Pervin, who
came with his parents from Berdichev when he was about 2 years old.
He was crippled and we think he was only let in to the country because
his parents must have carried him so they couldn't tell that he was crippled.
Sam never married and died in the flu pandemic of 1917-1919 in
Pittsburgh. He is buried in Beth
Abraham cemetery in Pittsburgh.
Pervin (poss 4/18/1900 - 9/15/1973,176-40-7106 (15601 Greensburg)), who
married John Barclay from Pittsburgh. They
had 1 son:
John (Jackie) Barclay, Jr. (b. 1930-1935?), who married ? and lived in the New
York area. He came to Pittsburgh
for his mother's funeral, but may be dead now.
Jennie Pervin, who married Avery Lighter (9/17/1897 - 4/1973, 167-09-8805), a streetcar conductor from Pittsburgh.
Jenny is buried in Beth Abraham Cemetery. They had no children.
6. Abraham Pervin
(10/27/1896 - 4/1/1986, 192-05-0211 (birthdate on SSDI is 10/18/1896), who married Stella Greenberger
(12/7/1896 - 12/4/1980, 203-28-6087). Stella's parents
were Isaac Greenberger and Dora Hershkovitz from Carnegie, PA, a suburb of
Pittsburgh. When Isaac first
arrived in Pittsburgh, he rolled cigars for a living. This was traditional
first job. He subsequently had a bar in McKees Rocks, a suburb of
Pittsburgh. Dorothy King (below) has
their family information. Abe was
an attorney. Abe and Stella are
buried in Tree of Life Memorial Park and had 2
6-1. Dorothy Pervin (b. 11/3/1925) (firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-241-3632, 2337 Marbury Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15221), who married Robert King (b. 8/18/1918). They live in Pittsburgh and have 2 children:
6-1-1. David King (b. 10/22/1950), who married Judy Smith from Texas. Judy was born in Japan because her father was an air force pilot. David and Judy live in Austin, TX and have one child:
Stephen Smith King (b.1/27/1990), who was born in Austin, TX..
Richard King (b. 8/11/1952), who married Susan Briskin from Reading, PA.
They have no children.
William (Zev) Pervin (b. 10/31/1930) (email@example.com),
who married twice and lives in Dallas. First
he married Gilda Fuss (b. 12/3/31933) from Pittsburgh. Her father was an attorney and her sister was Miriam Chizeck
of Pittsburgh. William and Gilda
had 3 children. His second marriage
was to Susan Chizeck (b. 4/14/1947), niece of the same Miriam Chizeck.
They have one child together. William
is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics at
the University of Texas at Dallas.
Irene (Rene) Jacobson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
who married twice. Her first
marriage was to Donald Thompson and they had one son.
Her second marriage was to James Moore and they have no children.
Rene and Jim live in Los Angeles, CA.
who married Joey Thomas (818-992- 0837, 22283 Buenaventura Street, Woodland
Hills, CA 91364). Joey's mother's maiden name is Blair (from Scotland).
Jeff and Joey live out West and have no children.
Beatrice Ruth (Skippy) Jacobson (4/2/1926 - 3/31/1988), who married Milton
George (Buz) Scheimer (3/3/1922 - 6/17/1985).
Buz owned Dormont Appliance Store in Pittsburgh, which is now owned by
two of his sons. Skippy and Buz lived in Pittsburgh and had 4 children:
Michael Jacob Scheimer (b. 12/24/1986).
Marshall (Craig) Scheimer (b. 4/21/1949) (412-344-5105, 836 Country Club Dr,
Pittsburgh, PA 15228), who married Penne Lazear (b. 5/20/1956) (email@example.com).
Craig went into his dad's family business, Dormont Appliance, and now
owns the business with his brother Alan. Penne
owns a franchise of Culi-Services, a company that provides wait-staff and
kitchen staff for banquets and other corporate events.
Craig and Penne belong to Beth El Congregation of the South Hills in Pittsburgh and have 2
Dorey Elizabeth Scheimer (b. 9/19/1989).
Zachary Buz Scheimer (b. 11/17/1990).
Gary Stephen Scheimer (b. 11/18/1954) (firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-563-3915, 2700 Miles Avenue, Pittsburgh,
PA 15216), who married twice. His
first marriage was to Cindy Morgan (b. 8/26/1954) and they had 2 sons.
Cindy is remarried to Donald Hart and lives in Birmingham, MI.
Gary's second marriage is to Dode Flynn (b. 8/1/1953), who is from
Pittsburgh and has 2 daughters by a previous marriage.
Gary is a police sergeant in Dormont Borough, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
Dode has worked at AT&T for a number of years.
Gary and Dode live in Pittsburgh.
Daniel Morgan Scheimer (b. 1/1/1982).
Christopher Dean Scheimer (b. 8/12/1983).
Amber Kusturiss (b. 2/16/1979).
Lindsay Kusturiss (b. 11/18/1982)
Patti Rose Scheimer (b. 5/21/1957) (PattiSBednarik@aol.com,
Annette Drive, Enola PA 17025), who married Joseph Thomas Bednarik (b.
6/7/1953). Patti is Disciprinary
Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Joe is a Labor Attorney for the
State of Pennsylvania. They live in
Harrisburg and have no children.