Toronto couple slain in Florida mourned at funeral

Friends and family of Donny Pichosky and Rochelle Wise, a Toronto couple murdered in Florida last week attend a funeral service for them at Benjamin's Park Memorial chapel on Steeles Ave W. in Toronto on Monday January 14, 2013.

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TORONTO - More than 1,000 people filled a chapel Monday for a funeral service lamenting and honouring a Toronto couple murdered in Florida.

Calling David "Donny" Pichosky, 71, and his second wife Rochelle Wise, 66, "two beautiful people," Rabbi Chaim Strauchler said their devotion to family, faith and community "made the world better."

The retired snowbirds' bodies were found last Thursday by a worried townhouse neighbour in Hallandale Beach, between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

Police there have not revealed how they were killed but determined the couple were victims of a double homicide.

"Like everyone here, I am confused, I am angry, I am shocked and I am broken-hearted," Jamie Wise said in Toronto of his mother and step-father's slaying.

But while "searching for answers and resolutions," he stressed the importance of remembering his mother for the "positive impact" she had on people, as a person, mother, grandmother and her "dedication to a Jewish way of life."
His mother retired in 2005 after working with children as director of Crestwood Valley Day Camp in Toronto, and had been a preschool vice-principal at Bialik Hebrew Day School.

Calling his father-in-law "kind and gentle," Wise said Pichosky -- a regular volunteer at Baycrest Seniors' residence -- was "deeply in love with my mom."

They met after Pichosky's wife of 46 years, Sandra, died of cancer in 2006, and spent winters in Florida.

Describing her dad and his new wife as "two peas in the pod," Sari Rosenblum said Wise was "someone to share the twilight years of their lives ... she was so special."

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