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LEONA APOSTOLERIS Leona Apostoleris passed away March 6, 2017, of natural causes, at the age of 94. Ms. Apostoleris was the founder of Ebb Records, Mona Lee Records and Lola Publishing Corporation and was a music industry leader in the 1950s through the 1970s. Born Leona Ruby Hanson, May 9, 1922, in Bemidji, Minn., she began her career as secretary to Max Factor after moving to Hollywood with her family in the early 1940s. She met and married Arthur Rupe of Specialty Records and partnered with him in the growth of that important label. After marrying Harry Apostoleris, she continued in the music business in New York City, building her own record label and publishing company in the 1960s and 1970s. She produced a show titled "Me and Bessie," which appeared in various theaters across the country, including a run on Broadway in 1975-1976. In the late 1970s through 2000, she owned the "Shoppers Wharf" in Bay Head, N.J., and operated several shops including the popular "Memory Shop" at that location. She spent her retirement in Henderson, where she passed away peacefully at her residence. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Rupe Schwarz; her son, Nicholas Harry Apostoleris; and her grandchildren, Harry Apostoleris, Madeline Schwarz, Ana Apostoleris, Lucas Apostoleris, Leander Apostoleris and Eleni Apostoleris. Celebration of life was previously held.
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