• New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

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  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    Historically Significant & Architecturally Crafted
  • New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Founded 1850

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Dr. Carl S. Neblock Ed.D

February 12, 1953 - July 27, 2023

Dr. Carl S. Neblock Ed.D., 70, of O’Fallon, MO, born Thursday, February 12, 1953, in New Braunfels, TX, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2023, at St Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.

Carl was a generous, loving, brilliant, man of many talents. His greatest pride was in raising his son Eric.

He obtained a Doctorate of Education in 1996 from Texas Tech University, having previously received an MBA from The University of Dallas in 1991 and a BA in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1984. He was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Sigma Iota Epsilon. (honorary management fraternity). He was employed as an engineer at General Dynamics (Lockheed). He dedicated himself to teaching and enjoyed his time at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, TX (outside of Lubbock). Carl’s hobbies included amateur radio, electronics (including building his own computers), and Cardinals baseball.

Carl volunteered for over 50 years with the Boy Scouts of America. He obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14. He was honored with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a volunteer at the Council Level. He also served as the District Commissioner for Okaw Valley Council (prior to its merger into Greater St Louis Council) and the South Plains Council (Lubbock, TX).

He was preceded in death by his:

Father: Charles Ernest Neblock
Sister: Marjorie Susan Jonas
Loving in-laws:Dr. Eric Lehr
NMrs. Marlys Lehr
Surviving are his: 

Wife of nearly 48 years, Michele (Lehr) Neblock of O’Fallon, MO
Son: Eric Neblock of St. Charles, MO
Mother: Rosemary, nee McQueen, Neblock of Macomb, IL
Sisters:Tracy (Richard) Payne of College Station, TX
Sheila Dietz of Macomb, IL
Many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved pets, Rascal, Ricky and Kitzy.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, or the Humane Society of Missouri..Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, August 5, 2023, at Kurrus Funeral

 Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm, Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Kurrus Funeral Home. Interment will follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

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George L. Markus Jr., 

August 3, 1933 – August 4, 2023 

George Markus died peacefully one day after his 90th birthday, which he had celebrated with family and friends.

George had a long career in real estate, working with his team of partners – Milton Goldenberg, Shelley Fisher and Seymour Bailis. George was a lover of the arts, especially the St. Louis Symphony. He was a serious collector of art, wine, antique carpets and plants.

George is survived by his wife Phyllis Woollen Markus, his children, Ellen Markus (Bill Sherman), David Markus, Suzanne Alpert (Gary), Katie Silberman (Bryan Knapp), Bryce Woollen (Stefanie), Hilary Cedergreen (Jacob), and his many loving grandchildren, Elliot and Grace Sherman, Hannah and Abigail Alpert, Lincoln and Haven Knapp, Benjamin, Chloe and Eliza Cedergreen and Cooper and Sydney Woollen.  He will be sorely missed.

Visitation Sunday, August 6th, 3:00 PM at New Mt. Sinai Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois, followed by funeral service at 3:30 PM. Memorial contributions preferred to the Missouri Botanical Gardens or the charity of your choice. Visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information.


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Ray Dobinsky

Unknown - 08/24/2024

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 Ellen Weiss

February 25, 1940 - September 08, 2023 

Ellen Louise Coppersmith Weiss was born February 25th, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri, eldest daughter of Manuel and Geraldine Coppersmith. Ellen attended Ladue High School, then the Journalism School at the University of Missouri.

She met the love of her life, Sanford Weiss, in 1959, and they married in 1960 and had two sons, Stephen and David.

Ellen went back to college in 1969 and graduated from Washington University in 1972. She then began her career as a writer, creating and publishing and newsletters and more for the family business, Weiss-Neuman Shoe Company.

Ellen had many hobbies. She played tennis and golf, and was an avid hiker. She read fiction and non-fiction, and played Mahjong, Bridge, and Canasta. She also had an affinity for casinos and shopping malls. Ellen often pursued these interests with her many friends, both new and old, who knew her as a fun, lovable friend who was never afraid to speak her mind.

Ellen and Sanford enjoyed traveling and saw most of the world during their 62 years of marriage. For their last decades, they had a home base in St. Louis, and homes in Breckenridge, Colorado and Jupiter, Florida.

Ellen served on the board of the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis, and was President of the Jewish Center for the Aged. Despite her advocating for the care and treatment of dementia, many in her family developed the disease, including herself and Sanford, who died in 2022 and her sister Carol who preceeded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Stephen and David (Bobby Sanderson), her brother, Kenneth Coppersmith, and her four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Shelby, Madison and Jonathan Weiss.

Services: Visitation Sunday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the May Chapel at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Alvan D Rubin Drive. A Funeral Service follows at 3 p.m. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, or the charity of your choice. Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information.

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Cynthia Fishel

December 19, 1956 - July 22, 2023 

Cynthia Anne Fishel, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband Arthur Fishel Jr., her children Artie Fishel and Holly Johnson (Jack), and grandchildren Patrick, Noelle, and Juliet Johnson. She was the daughter of the late Margaret Mary Calliott and William Calliott. Devoted sister of Lynne, Renee, and Bill Calliott and sister-in-law to Marlene (Howard) Soll and Kristin Sanders.

A dog lover, she leaves behind her faithful companion, Toby. A caregiver at heart, Cindy volunteered at Evelyn’s House hospice center where she spent her last few days. Cindy valiantly fought Multiple Sclerosis for 34 years and ALS for 2. She maintained a positive attitude through it all.


Celebration of Life, Tuesday, July 25th, 4:00-7:00 PM at the Switzer House, 570 Priory Lane, 63141.

Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 26th, 10:00 AM at St. Anselm Parish, 530 S. Mason Road, 63141.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the ALS Association.

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Sandra Greenberg

June 23, 1943 - September 14, 2023

Beloved wife of the late Lawrence H. Greenberg; survived by Ted Greenberg (Laura) and Amy Nelson; dear grandmother of David Greenberg (Aysylu), Michael Greenberg, and Samuel Nelson; sister-in-law of Robert and Maureen Greenberg, Ronald and Jan Greenberg, and Elaine and Harold Blatt; dear aunt, cousin, and friend.

Funeral Service Sunday, September 17th, 1:30 PM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. The family will receive friends at 1 PM.


Memorial contributions preferred to the St. Louis Zoo, the Siteman Cancer Center, or the charity of your choice.

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Stephen Jonas

December 3, 1935 - September 18, 2023

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Debra Jonas

June 20, 1940 - September 27, 2023

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Margery Loren Plotkin

April 13, 1971 - October 25, 2023


Margery Loren Plotkin, April 13, 1971-October 25, 2023, 52 years old, peacefully passed on, at home, with her beloved dogs and cats by her side. Beloved and adored daughter and bestest girl friend to her mother, Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Margery was the daughter of Martin Plotkin.

Treasured by her brothers: Edward Plotkin (Ruth) and Hacker Plotkin (Laura), Margery doted on her nephews, Robert, Noah, Sam, and Jason. She also leaves her aunt, Leslie Friedman, PhD.

Many families benefited from her care and strength. There was not a dog or cat that she did not give her heart and undying love to. Margery was proud of her AKC certification as a dog trainer. Volunteering to help animals was her favorite career and some of the happiest times in her life.

Among the many organizations where Margery made a difference are Stray Rescue, Dolly’s Dream Home Rabbit Rescue, The Feral Cat Outreach, the APA, and the Humane Society of Missouri. She attended Mary Institute, Miss Halls School, MA and the University of Hartford and amazingly was Sally Jesse Raphael’s intern! We will never stop loving her…always and forever.

Funeral service Sunday, October 29thm 2:00 PM at New Mt. Sinai Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois. No visitation prior to service. Memorial contributions preferred to the Animal Welfare Institute, awionline.org.

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Robert Allen Young

February 22, 1952 - July 30, 2023

Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Katherine Kreusser, his children, Carol Young Vella (Jason), Adam Richard Young(Jennifer), and four grandchildren Eliza, Natalia, Jacob and Emily, and his sister Pamela Young.

Robert was born in Youngstown, Ohio to parents, Maurice Young (deceased) and Babette Spero Young (deceased). He graduated from the George School in Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Science, The Ohio State University with a Masters in Science and Medical Doctorate, and Saint Louis University with a Juris Doctorate (attended nights while working full-time with two children).Robert completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies at Jewish and Barnes Hospitals and spent most of his career as a Plastic Surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he also served on the Ethics Board. He retired in 2020 to spend time with family and plan fabulous trips with Katherine.

Robert was reserved and thoughtful, shared what mattered and did what was right. He had a sharp wit and uniquely dry sense of humor. He was a devoted father and grandfather, mentor, teacher, and calm voice to help with any issue. The breadth of his passions and richness of his life matched the depth of his intellect and curiosity. He loved literature, art, music, food, travel, and he assembled unique collections. He advocated an active lifestyle from a young age and passed on his love of the outdoors.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 4th at 10:30a.m. at Berger Memorial Funeral Home in St. Louis, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, or the charity of your choice.

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Ethel Lerner
May 3, 1929 - November 19, 2023

Ethel Mae Lerner (Morrison) died peacefully at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 19, 2023 at the age of 94. Ethel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 3,1929. She married Jerome (Jerry) Lerner in 1948. Together they raised four children, thoroughly enjoying life and their many dear friendships in St. Louis. They were long-time members of Congregation Shaare Emeth. Ethel’s beloved husband Jerry pre-deceased her in October, 2017.

Ethel was an amateur photographer in high school, took photographs for her school’s publications, learned how to fly a Piper Cub after graduation, and was a professional women’s shoe model (size 4). After Ethel retired from West County Famous-Barr’s personnel department, she and Jerry loved antiquing together, accumulating several treasured collections–cookie jars, children’s toys, and salt and pepper shakers favorites among them.

Ethel’s greatest joy was caring for her family. She was the quintessential mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A wonderful cook, she happily spent countless hours in the kitchen making everyone’s beloved matzo ball soup, brisket, twice-baked potatoes, challah dressing, buckeye balls and, of course, blintzes.

A graveside memorial service at the New Mt. Sinai Cemetery (8430 Gravois Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123) will be held on Friday December 8, at 12:00 noon.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Laurie and all of the wonderful caregivers at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home in Omaha, NE, where remembrances may be directed (www.rbjh.com).

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Myra Bomze

September 10, 1934 - December 08, 2023

Myra Esther Levine Bomze passed away peacefully on December 8, 2023 at 89 years old. She was born on September 10, 1934 at Hunts Point Hospital in Bronx New York to Ruth Gallomp Levine and Milton Levine. She received a BA in Art/Education from Hunter College in New York and her New York State Teaching Certificate in 1956.

Myra is preceded in death by her husband Joe Bomze and her brother Larry Levine. She is survived by her son Jon Bomze, daughter-in-law Chris Bomze (Carlie), daughter Shelley Bomze, daughter Kathy Bomze McCartney, son-in-law Steve McCartney, granddaughter Sara (Chris) Gawenda, great granddaughter Claire Gawenda, sister-in-law Susie Bomze, sister-in-law Ellie Bomze, sister-in-law Rebecca Levine, brother-in-law Hal Bomze, brother-in-law Ira Bomze, and a host of nieces and nephews.


Myra will be most remembered for her great beauty, sharp wit and intellect, creativity and artistic ability, love of animals, particularly miniature schnauzers, and her exceptional sense of humor.

Her visitation is Thursday, December 14, between 9-10:00 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m., both held at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd. Interment will immediately follow services at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road, 63123. Please see Live Stream details below.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Humane Society of Missouri and Meals on Wheels of America.

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Pearl Nancy Baum

November 12, 1930 - December 23, 2023

Beloved wife of the late Adolph W. Baum; mother and mother-in-law of Robin (late Steve) Lehtman, Beth (Dennis) Rath and Lisa Brennan; step-mother of Donald (Mary) Baum, the late Edwin (Sue) Baum, and Richard (Barbara) Baum; dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Charles (late Ruth) Mayer, the late Betty (late Morris) Wolff and the late Jake (late Katherine) Mayer; dear grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt, cousin and friend to many. 

Funeral service Thursday, December 28,  10:30 AM at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd. 63132.  There will be a Visitation from 10 to 10:30 AM.   Interment following at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd. 63123.  Memorial contributions are preferred to a charity of your choice. Visit www.bergermemorialchapel.com to view the livestream of the service and for more information.

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Barton Goz

April 7, 1938 - January 4, 2024

Beloved husband of Elayne Polsky Goz for 60 years; dear father and father-in-law of Seth (Angela Crawford) Goz, Stuart (Teresa Brouk) Goz and Alyssa (Brad) Schnell; dear brother and brother-in-law of Marilyn (Harvey) Yesowitz; dear uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Funeral service Monday January 8, 11 AM at Temple Emanuel, 12166 Conway Rd. 63141. Visitation from 10:30 until the start of the service. Burial will follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd. 63123.

Memorial contributions preferred to the American Heart Association.

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Michael Bearman

November 23, 2023 Beloved Son of the late Bernard and late Peggy Bearman; dear brother and brother-in-law of Bob (Mary) Bearman, Tom (Kathy) Bearman, Jane (Doug) Smith, Buddy (Linda) Bearman and Ted (Lu Ann) Bearman; Uncle, cousin and friend to many in his book clubs.

Services: Private services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions preferred to the St. Louis County Library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or charity of your choice

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Norma Lee Rader
October 9, 1934 -  January 13, 2024

Norma Lee Rader (nee Hollander) passed away on January 13, 2024, at the age of 89. In her final moments, she was surrounded by family and close friends.

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 1934, to Kalman and Elsie Hollander, the second of two daughters.

Growing up, she was outgoing, involved, smart and hard-working. She earned an academic scholarship to Washington University, studying social work. In 1955, she married Edward Stanley Rader, leaving college to work and earn enough to support them both as he finished medical school.

Between 1958 and 1964, Norma and Ed had three children – Nancy, Jeff and Dan. In addition to her fierce love and unwavering support for her husband, Norma dedicated her life to her three children, teaching them important life lessons and encouraging them to find and pursue their passions.

After the children left the nest, Norma turned her creative talents to knitting. Over time, she assembled a small team of knitters who, over the course of 18 years delivered more than 15,000 hand-knit scarves, hats and gloves to children in need.

Norma will be remembered for her courage, her kind heart, and her giving nature. She was a voracious reader and a lifelong learner. And she was an exceptional friend. She'll be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by Kalman and Elsie Hollander and her sister Betty. She was survived by her husband Edward Rader, her daughter Nancy Inhofe, her sons Jeff Rader (spouse Sarah) and Dan Rader (partner Hoai Huynh), and her grandchildren Glade Inhofe, Cole Inhofe and Anna Rader.

Services: Services will be held at the small chapel at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 1:00 pm. Visitation begins at 12:30.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Norma's memory to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis or the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

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Myra Levine
May 5, 1941 - January 18, 2024


Beloved wife of the late Robert Levine; dear mother of Lisa Levine, Michael Levine (Licia Terranova), and Scott Levine (Margaretta Mendenhall), and Paula McMaster; dear grandmother of Isabel, Gabrielle, Charles, and Eliana; dear daughter of the late Frieda and the late Sol Stetin; dear sister of the late Sondra Gash (Ira); dear sister-in-law of Arthur Levine (Marilyn) and the late Richard Levine (Joanne); dear aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

Myra cared deeply for her family and she had an especially great love of children, working in childcare settings where she touched the lives of many families in her community. She had a rare gift for making each person feel welcome and at home—and that gift came out of her commitment to inclusivity, and her genuine interest in others. Her smile was absolutely infectious, and she smiled often, lighting up the world around her. We will miss her dearly.

Funeral Service Sunday, January 21 at 1 PM at the Mausoleum at New Mt Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Graveside interment follows in New Mt. Sinai Cemetery.

Memorial contributions preferred to Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108 or the American Labor Museum, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508.

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Bruce S. Feldacker

June26, 1940 - February 15, 2024

Beloved husband of Barbara Feldacker for more than 60 years. Dear father and father-in-law of Robert (Valerie Garver); Debbie (Rob) Granick; and Caryl Feldacker (Dan Grossman). Loving grandfather of Jacob, Amy, Talia, Rachael, Eowyn, Matai and Natan. Dear brother of Linda (Barry) Pass and uncle to Greg (Yukari) Pass and Kevin (Libby) Pass.

As a dedicated lawyer for union workers, Bruce sought justice for his labor law clients, embodying kindness and compassion throughout his career as advocate, attorney, and mediator. Bruce was a champion of his family and friends; a world-traveler in body and spirit; and possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about people, places, and politics.

He was an avid collector of labor art, donating over 500 works for The Bruce and Barbara Feldacker Labor Art Collection at the St. Louis Mercantile Library and serving as a docent at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Services: Funeral service Sunday, February 18th at 10:30am at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road, with interment to follow at New Mount Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123. No visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Saint Louis Mercantile Library Association, EIN: 43-0694564 or the charity of your choice. Visit Berger Memorial Chapel for more information.

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Marilyn Rae Fox

July 29, 1934 - February 18, 2024

Marilyn Fox, who brought a gentle but determined and down-to-earth touch to the leadership of many St. Louis organizations over a period of decades, died peacefully Sunday of natural causes, surrounded by her loved ones.  She was 89.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur. Burial will be private.

Beginning in the 1980s and continuing for more than 30 years, Mrs. Fox was a fixture atop more than a dozen St. Louis area cultural, educational and social service organizations, from the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri History Museum to the Old Newsboys Day Campaign for Kids to the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The organizations with which she was perhaps most closely identified over the years, however, were St. Louis Variety, the Children’s Charity; Webster University; and the Jewish Community Center.

At St. Louis Variety, she chaired the annual fundraising gala for more than 20 years, raising millions of dollars on behalf of children with disabilities. Her devotion to children with special needs and their families was unmatched. For a woman and mother who was so accomplished on the world’s stage, she possessed a particular admiration, humility, and respect for mothers of children with special needs. 

“Marilyn effortlessly forged connections with Variety Kids, sharing in their steadfast optimism,” notes Variety Board Chair, Mike Lefton. 

At Webster she served for years on the board of trustees until stepping down about a decade ago.    At the Jewish Community Center, she was elected, in 1992, as the first female president, and later also chaired a successful $18 million capital campaign for a satellite facility in Chesterfield.  The Marilyn Fox Building, a fitness and education center, opened in 1997.

“She was everywhere, and she was always prepared to say ‘yes,’” said Barry Rosenberg, who, as chief executive of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, worked with her for many years.  “There was hardly a worthy cause in St. Louis, in the Jewish community or outside it, that she wasn’t prepared to get behind.  She had a vision for community.  And she was willing to get down in the trenches to see her efforts through.

“Her leadership was sound, humble, and moral,” he added. “She exhibited a very helpful skepticism. She’d ask a lot of good questions, and she could stand her ground. At the same time, she was extraordinarily gracious and inclusive. She’d talk to anyone.  She’d ask about your family. She truly cared about people.

“And she got results.”

That assessment was echoed by Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, on whose Board of Trustees Mrs. Fox served in the 1990s.  “As she did for so many St. Louis organizations, Marilyn quietly and effectively made things happen,” he said.  “She was a consistent source of ideas – for collaborations with scientists in other countries, for example — and she had the unusual ability to turn her ideas into realities.”

Born Marilyn Widman in St. Louis, she was one of three children of the late Arden Widman and Celia Bass, both Lithuanian immigrants. Her father was a general manager for a national retail store chain.  She grew up in the Delmar Loop, which she recalled fondly as a lively, friendly neighborhood where she made childhood friendships that lasted a lifetime. She graduated from University City High School.

During her senior year in high school, she met a recent Washington University graduate, Sam Fox, at a party.  At age 19, after just one semester of her own at Washington University, she married the young man, and left the university so she could get a job and contribute to the couple’s support.

The next year, however, she became pregnant with the couple’s first child.  Over the next decade, she and Mr. Fox became the parents of, in order, Cheri, Pamela, Jeff, Greg and Steven. All but Greg, who died in 2016, survive her.

About 15 years after the birth of her youngest, with the children established and her husband’s business, Harbour Group, thriving, Mrs. Fox found her way to community work, and never looked back.

For most of her life, she once said, she had not thought of herself as a leader.  But the more she got involved with community activities, and the more strongly she felt about them, the more capable she felt about putting herself forward.

And put herself forward she did.  Among the other organizations she served over the years were the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, where she served as president and campaign chair of the Women’s Division as well as board secretary and a member of the executive committee; Jewish Family & Children’s Services; Central Agency for Jewish Education; the Girl Scouts, where she was vice president of the board and a member of the executive committee; the National Council of Community and Justice; Women of Achievement, where she was board chair for two terms from 2003 to 2005; and more.

To all of these organizations she brought a leadership style that was soft-spoken and humble but also firm. Adding to her effectiveness were her genuine interest in others and a lack of interest in self-promotion.

Mrs. Fox’s service brought her numerous awards and honors. She was a Woman of Achievement in 1993 and the Variety Club’s Woman of the Year in 1996. She received the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice in 1998 and the Magen Ami “Star of My People” award from the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis in 2001. The Old Newsboys gave her their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 2009 she received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Missouri History Museum; in 2012, the Visionary Award from Webster University; and in 2013 an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Washington University.

Along with her husband she received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from St. Louis University in 2000 and the university’s Sword of Ignatius Loyola Award in 2009; the Excellence in Philanthropy Award in 2004 from the Arts and Education Council, and the Whitney and Jane Harris Community Service Award, also in 2004, from Washington University.

None of it went to her head.  She remained the same unassuming, gentle person she had always been, and kept her focus – despite all her community service – on her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great- grandchildren.

“I hope the theme of my life,” she said in a 2015 interview, “was living in happiness and teaching that to my kids.  I hope it was being part of the community and trying to help people and be kind to other people. I hope that’s what it was.”

Surviving are her husband, Sam Fox; daughters Cheri Fox and Pamela (Aba) Fox Claman of Israel; daughter-in-law Merle (the late Greg), of St. Louis; sons Jeff (Lotta) and Steven (Nan), of St. Louis; 15 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

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David I. Berland, M. D.

August 1, 1947 - February 18, 2024

David I. Berland, M.D., 76, died peacefully in his home on February 18, 2024. David was born in St. Louis on August 1, 1947 to the late Dr. Harry and Mildred Berland. He graduated from Ladue High School, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Berland devoted his career as a child psychiatrist to increasing access to high quality mental health care. He completed his residency training in Adult Psychiatry and a speciality in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the renowned Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. He then returned to St. Louis to establish the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training program at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He later opened a private practice in Clayton. Dr. Berland held leadership positions in the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry locally and nationally.

David’s friends and family will always remember the way he combined his irreverent sense of humor with kindness and empathy – and most of all his hard work to leave the world a better place. David was a political activist for peace and equality, beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War. After retirement, he increased his role in St. Louis politics, extensively phone banking for multiple candidates, lobbying in Jefferson City for education and the needs of born children, and learning previously unexamined parts of the city’s turbulent racial history while inviting others to do the same.

David was a member of Temple Emanuel, a mentor and a mensch. He was an unwaveringly passionate, lifelong fan of the Cardinals and the Muny Opera, and he single-handedly raised the quality of wine drinking and jazz appreciation among his cohorts. Daily neighborhood walks, weekly breakfast club, monthly Bordeaux meetings and annual traditions like Christmas eggnog, Eckert’s peaches and lobster in Rhode Island always brought a smile to his face.

The heart of his life was his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine; his daughters Kate (Joe Shear) and Rachel (Todd Kiefer); his grandchildren, Eleanor (7), Josephine (5), Isaac (4), and Theodore (1); his sister Marilyn Collier (Richard) and sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and decades-long and new friends across the country and around the world who made up his tree of life.

Services will be held at Temple Emanuel, 12166 Conway Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141 on Wednesday, February 21st at 10:30 AM with visitation starting at 10 AM. Interment will follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery. 8430 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63123.

The family asks that donations and advocacy be made on behalf of organizations of your choice, particularly those providing services to promote the well-being of children and their families and the disenfranchised, especially in his beloved St. Louis, such as the ACLU of Missouri.  Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE

Make a Donation in memory of David I. Berland, M. D.

Welcome To New Mount Sinai Cemetery


For 172 years, New Mount Sinai Cemetery has provided Jewish families with a final resting place for their loved ones. In this cemetery are many men and women who contributed greatly to the St. Louis Community: Rabbis, Cantors, Business Leaders, Philanthropists, Political Figures, and Veterans from every major conflict since the Mexican-American War in 1846. We invite you to explore our forty-two forested acres, and walk or drive 2.5 miles of paved pathways.

Family Lots, Cremation Graves and Niches, Community Mausoleum



  • Exceptional Cemetery Services

    Exceptional Cemetery Services

    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery offers a full range of burial and perpetual care services, as well as a beautiful 200-seat climate-controlled Chapel for funeral services. Or, search our Burial Records from 1850 to present day.

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  • Search Burial Records Online

    Search Burial Records Online

    Looking for a loved one from your family tree? You can do your genealogical research right here. Search through New Mt. Sinai Cemetery’s burial records from 1850 to present day through our online registry.

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  • Visit Our Community Mausoleum

    Visit Our Community Mausoleum

    New Mt. Sinai proudly offers the only Community Mausoleum available in the St. Louis Jewish community. New Mt. Sinai's Community Mausoleum houses many of St. Louis' most prominent individuals.

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    New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization. The Association willingly accepts contributions of any amount from individuals or organizations. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and all donations are used to beautify New Mt. Sinai's buildings and grounds.

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Visiting Hours

Monday - Sunday
Dawn til Dusk

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9am til 4pm or by appointment

Mausoleum Hours

Sunday - Friday, 9am til 4pm or by reservation

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Nationally Listed
National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)

New Mt. Sinai Cemetery proudly serves:
Congregation Shaare Emeth Congregation Temple Israel
And, the entire St. Louis Jewish Community

Founding Member
Jewish Cemetery Association of North America (JCANA)