SERVICES HELD FOR PHARMACIST IRV LEBO
Pioneer Press (MN) - Tuesday,
February 21, 1995
Author: BYLINE: Wayne Wangstad, Staff Writer
Services were held Monday for
Irv Lebo , owner of the Grand Rexall Drug at Grand and
Hamline avenues for 36 years.
Lebo , 89, died of cancer Saturday in the Sholom Home West
in St. Louis Park.
A former resident of St. Paul, Lebo was born in Brooklyn,
N.Y., and graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy. He moved to
Minnesota in the 1930s after losing a pharmacy in Syracuse, N.Y., during the
Lebo was a pharmacist in Northfield until the early 1940s,
when he moved to St. Paul to operate the Grand Rexall Drug, which he sold
about 10 years ago, according to his daughter, Joanne Lebo
of Golden Valley.
She recalled her father's pharmacy as a neighborhood gathering place where
her father would answer medical questions posed by customers. She also
remembered how her Jewish father forged strong friendships among the
residents of a predominately Irish-Catholic neighborhood.
During the 1960s, Lebo also owned the Suburban Rexall Drug
in Crystal, which he sold after a few years.
A charter member of what is now the Grand Avenue Business Association, Lebo
was a member of the group that spurred the renovation that has occurred along
Grand Avenue over the years.
Lebo was a Mason and also was active in the Shrine.
Besides his daughter, he is survived by a son, Martin of St. Louis Park, and