Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

David Levine and Tetiana "Tania" Levine Died Oct. 5, 2016 Pittsburgh Native, Wife, Die in Philly Fire

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

David Levine and Tetiana "Tania" Levine Died Oct. 5, 2016 Pittsburgh Native, Wife, Die in Philly Fire

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David Levine, 55, and his wife, Tetiana "Tania" Levine, 58, died Oct. 5 as they had lived - together - in a fast-moving fire at their home in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia.

Known to neighbors as "just nice people," the Levines had returned home the previous night after dropping off their daughter in New York. Firefighters found them unresponsive on the first floor of their split-level home in the 9800 block of Bridle Road.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, the fire department said Tuesday.

"I still don't believe it," said neighbor Eddie Stenega.

Mr. Levine, a Pittsburgh native, and his wife, a Philadelphian, operated as a well-oiled machine. When after three decades as an options trader, he decided to reinvent himself as a home health care entrepreneur, she became his partner.

In 2013, they acquired a franchise of ComForCare Senior Services Care. He led the company's marketing, sales, and business strategy; she supplied the soft touch.

"In every interaction with clients, Mrs. Levine showed generosity and empathy," her family said.

The enterprise succeeded, and Mr. Levine was named one of the Huffington Post's 50 Post-50 Boomers - or individuals who chose new career paths after age 50.

In addition to business, the couple doted on their family and shared an appreciation for travel, exotic foods, fine wines and cooking.

He grew up in Churchill and graduated from Churchill High School. She was reared in Philadelphia's Ukrainian community, and graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls.

Their paths didn't cross until he had graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and she had finished an undergraduate degree at Temple. They both were living and working in Philadelphia when they met at a concert.

Mr. Levine called her "the love of my life." She called him "my soul mate."

They married in 1986 and set up housekeeping in Wynnewood before moving to Bustleton. Mrs. Levine dedicated herself to raising their two children, Julian and Monica, and Mr. Levine was the breadwinner.

Family members described him as "the rare kind of person who consistently asked others about themselves, and intently listened to the answers. …

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