Beloved husband of Zelda Sparks. Son of the late Perry and Shirley Sparks. Father of Martha Sparks and Aaron (Natalie Blackman) Sparks. Grandfather of Dahlia and Vanessa McWhorter. Brother of Harry (Laurie) Sparks and Joseph (Carol) Sparks. Cherished uncle, cousin, and friend.
Bob’s optimism and trademark sense of humor made an indelible impression on friends and strangers alike. A lifelong lover of theater, Bob enjoyed traveling to New York to see Broadway shows and, later, with even more joy, to visit his granddaughters. An exuberant piano player, he loved to accompany singers, especially at his family’s annual Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve parties. Bob never forgot a good meal. He always said yes to crusty bread, fruit pie, and a nice glass of red wine.
A native of St. Louis, Bob graduated from Ladue High School, Amherst College and Brown University. He became a history teacher in Cranston, RI, where he befriended his future brother-in-law, Bert Silverberg. Bob became a fixture with the Silverberg family before he even met Zelda. When Bob and Zelda married in 1975, the Sparks and Silverberg families became one.
In 1977, Bob and Zelda returned to St. Louis, where he joined Lumberyard Supply Co., the family business founded by his grandfather. He and his father and cousin worked together there for almost 40 years. Although he was the St. Louis native, Bob quickly became known in JCC circles by his formal title, Mr. Zelda Sparks.
Bob’s service to the community began as a board member of B’nai El. In recent years, he became an active member and officer of Shaare Emeth, where he attended Torah study every week with his dad, Perry. In addition, he was a board member of New Mount Sinai Cemetery.
As his final illness progressed, Bob wrote to his family and friends, “I hope it is obvious that I have loved the life I lived, the family I was born with and the one I found, and all my many friends and colleagues. And, if worse comes to worse, I hope you all allow me to continue to live on earth by thinking about me from time to time.” We will remember him always. May his memory be a blessing.
Funeral service Monday, January 16, 10:30am at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road with interment to follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. Live stream available at https://sestl.co/bob_sparks (please click "watch video", below). No visitation prior to service. Masks required for in person attendance. Contributions in his memory may be made to Shaare Emeth; The Cultural Arts Department at the JCC, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63146; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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Frances Joan Cummins
July 05, 1930 - January 08, 2023
Beloved wife of the late Eugene Cummins; dear mother of Michael Cummins (Julie) and the late Andy Cummins; dear grandmother of Andrew, Ashley, and Nicole Cummins; dear sister of Morty Mitchell (late Betty) and the late Mayer Mitchell (Adele Zerman); dear aunt, cousin and friend to many.
Funeral service Friday January 20, 2 PM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery in the Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Rd, 63123. Visitation and condolences to the family from 1:30 PM until the time of the service. Burial will follow afterward in the cemetery.
Memorial contributions preferred to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 2320 Pine Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103.
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Nona Rae Barth
September 09, 1927 - January 20, 2023
She was the loving wife of the late Manuel Barth, and devoted mother of Alan (Nan), Bob (Lynn) and Elliot (Rona). A wonderful grandmother to Cari ( Denny) Sheahan and Kylie (Mike) Sklander; Becky (Mark) Garfinkle and Ben (Shlomit) Barth. Nona was blessed with great grandchildren: Abram and Nora Garfinkle; Ella, Manny and Eitan Barth, and Brody Sklander; beloved daughter of the late Dr. Harry and the late Rosabelle Oksner; sister of the late Dr. Lionel Oksner; our dear aunt, cousin and friend.
Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by a service at 10:00 am on January 26th at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. Masks are requested. Interment will follow at the New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123.
Contributions in Nona’s memory can be made to: The Jeffrey Stiffman Lecture Series Fund at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Rd., 63141 or a charity of your choice.
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Patricia "Patty" Schmidt
April 10, 1940 - January 24, 2023
January 24, 2023, Beloved wife of Edward Schmidt. Dear mother of Lisa (John) Schulte, Steven (Sally) Schwartz, and the late Scott (the late Carrie) Schwartz. Loving grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 15. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mark (Louise) Pultman and Diane (Bill) Arft. Services: Graveside service Friday, January 27, 1:00pm at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road.
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Donald F. Roth, Saturday, February 11, 2023. Beloved husband of the late Louise B. Roth (nee Friedman); dear father of Stephen (Lori) Roth and Andrew (Fran) Roth; dear grandfather of Anne and Claire Roth.
Services: Chapel service to be held on Wednesday, February 15, 11:30 a.m. at New Mount Sinai Cemetery. Charitable contributions to the Humane Society of Missouri appreciated. Kutis Affton service.
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June 14, 1930 - February 12, 2023
Fred Curtis Ashner, February 12, 2023. Beloved husband of Eva Ashner. Dear cousin and friend.
Visitation Wednesday February 15th, 9:30 AM at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road at Woods Mill, followed by funeral service at 10:00 AM. Interment at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Memorial contributions preferred to United Hebrew Congregation. Visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information.
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October 13, 1951 - February 12, 2023
Beloved husband of Deborah Mason; dear father and father-in-law of Matthew Mason (Abby), Daniel Mason (Eileen), and Benjamin Mason (Kelly); dear grandfather of Henry, Russell, Sophie, Ian, Luke, and Hailey; dear son of the late Irving and the late Alice Mason; dear brother and brother-in-law of James Mason (Mary Ann), the late Mary Sayles (Robert), and Suzanne Mason; dear uncle, cousin, and friend.
Visitation Monday, February 27th at 1 PM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Funeral service follows at 1:30 PM. (PLEASE NOTE NEW SERVICE DATE)
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Robert L. Rosenfeld
Beloved father of Robert L. (Emily) Rosenfeld, Jr. and Thomas P. (Dena Ladd) Rosenfeld, of St. Louis, and Michael A. (Bettina) Rosenfeld of Altadena, CA. Loving grandfather of Louis Rosenfeld, of St. Louis, Will Rosenfeld, of Los Angeles, CA, Jeremy Smith, of Washington, D. C., Theo Rosenfeld, of Atwater Village, CA, Max Rosenfeld, of Altadena, CA and Abby Rosenfeld, of St. Louis. Dear brother of Karole (the late Thomas) Green and Donald (Lynne) Rosenfeld, of St. Louis. Dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Born on May 21, 1932, Bob was a lifelong St. Louisan, attending Flynn Park Elementary, John Burroughs School, and the University of Missouri. Bob served in the Air Force for two years, stationed at Whiteman Air Force base. In the late 50’s, Bob entered the garment industry, working with his father, Milton, at Western Garment. In the mid 1960’s, Bob took over management of Southeastern Textiles, a textile processor, started by his grandfather, Louis Korach, and continued in that role until his retirement in 2000.
Bob was an active sportsman. In his youth, he played many sports, including football, basketball and baseball, and enjoyed summers at Camp Nebagamon. As an adult, he devoted much time to coaching his boys in their athletic endeavors. An avid fan, especially of the Cardinals, he attended at least one game in each of their World Series appearances, since 1942. Bob’s favorite activity was golf, a sport he enjoyed with lifelong friends and his children and grandchildren. He was a solid high single digit handicapper known for booming drives and an unreliable putting stroke.
Bob was an energetic, outgoing man, who enjoyed an active social life, cooking and dining out, reading, travel, an occasional wager, and spending time with his family. He was funny. He will be missed.
There will be a private memorial service at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis (jfedstl.org) or to Evans Scholars Foundation (wgaesf.org).
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Beloved husband of Elaine Missler; dear father and father-in-law of Kathy Schultz (Terry) and Dr. Michael Missler (Wendy); dear grandfather of Bryce and Sylvie Schultz; dear brother and brother-in-law of Elaine Kammer (late David) and Myra Snow (late Brian); our dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Graveside service Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 am, at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd. Memorial contributions preferred to a charity of your choice.
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Richard Blath, son of Melva and Joe Blath, was born in St. Louis in 1946. After three years at Miami University of Ohio, earning him cum laude and a membership in Phi Beta Kappa, he attended Washington University School of Medicine. He married Lorry (Adelson), his life partner of 54 years. During his residencies at Vanderbilt University and Washington University, Richard published many medical articles and a book chapter.
Following his two years as a major and Chief of Urology in the Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Richard joined St. Louis Urological Surgeons where he was managing partner for several decades. He initiated a program for Washington University surgical residents, and as a result was invited to establish a clerkship program for third year medical students. He loved his patients and even as the demographics in North County changed, he believed in helping that underserved community.
Richard was dedicated as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Christian Hospital and as a member of the board of directors of BJC. He was also a president of Washington University Medical School Alumni Association. Richard was the initial chairperson of the Mallory-Wilson Center of Miami University. His enthusiasm for Miami was the impetus to establish a scholarship.
Richard’s top priority was spending time with his cherished family. He was sure to be home for dinner with them and enjoyed engaging Jeff and Lisa every evening. He and Lorry took the beloved Crawford grandchildren, Zach, Landon and Allie, on many spring break trips, and he treasured several adventure trips with Lisa, Troy (Crawford), Jeff and Lisa (Kalik). Abe and Vivi Blath, the precious toddler grandchildren, brought him much joy, and he loved being silly and making them laugh.
Over the course of the last difficult six months not a person who visited would say they left without a laugh or at the very least a smile. His humor, even after speaking became difficult, was evident.
Richard is survived by wife Lorry, beloved children Lisa and Troy Crawford, Jeff Blath and Dr. Lisa Kalik; dear grandchildren Zach, Landon, and Allie Crawford and Abe and Vivi Blath; loving sister Barbara Sinclair; sister-in-law Amy Conders (Andrew); brother-in-law Gene Adelson (Danette); and sister-in law Shauna Tucker (Trey). Richard loved his brother-in-law Bob Adelson (Deena) like a brother.
His family, near and far, meant everything to him.
Funeral Service Monday, March 20 at 10 AM at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. Please use South Entrance at Ladue and Ballas Roads. Interment follows at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois.
Contributions can be made to Congregation Shaare Emeth, the Mallory-Wilson Center at Miami University, or charity of your choice.
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Elaine graduated from University City High School and attended Washington University in St. Louis studying Fine Art. She married the late Bernard Grossman in 1955, and had three children. When her youngest started school, Elaine went back to school to study Graphic Design at Meramec Community College and worked with her former professor. This transition proved fortuitous when she was widowed in 1974. At 39, Elaine suddenly becoming the breadwinner and single parent that she never anticipated. “Always be able to support yourself,” was the mantra Elaine passed along to her children.
Starting as a designer at Ferguson and Associates, Elaine stayed for more than 20 years, eventually becoming a partner and helping bring in assignments to the agency that supported local corporations and other agencies. Agency work was demanding, yet Elaine always made sure there was a casserole in the refrigerator ready for her children to heat up for dinner. Instructions began with “remove the aluminum foil and plastic wrap” since the time when it all fused together at one hastily warmed up dinner.
Upon her retirement, Elaine started volunteering at the City Museum; using her art talents to help visitors create rubbings among other activities, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Along the way, her relationship with former in-law, Edmund Bloomquist, deepened into marriage in 1995. Ed helped fix and repair things around her house, and Elaine fixed the dinners. The two shared 23 years together and enjoyed travel, reading, theater, and spending time with family. Ed passed away after a brief illness in January 2019, leaving Elaine with an even emptier nest.
Her children rallied around her with the advent of Covid—delivering groceries, fixing and sharing meals, and carefully arranging visits with family, including a new great-grandson. She never caught the disease, though her health and mobility began to decline.
Elaine is survived by her sisters Judy (late Sol) Kranzberg and Sallie (Lowell) Craig; her children Jeanne Harwin, Julie (Brad) Bloomquist, Michael (Paula) Grossman, and Jill (Mark) Chapman; her grandchildren Veronica (Matt) Potter and Lauren Harwin; and great grandson Simon Potter. Cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend.
Graveside service Thursday, March 23, 10:00 am at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. Memorial contributions preferred to the Humane Society of Missouri.
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January 7, 1926 - March 26, 2023
Beloved husband of the late Maxine Heyman; dear father and father-in-law of Steve Heyman (Barb) and Larry Heyman (Ellen); dear grandfather of Hilary Dysart (Doug), Kevin Heyman (Lauren), Scott Heyman, and Brian Heyman and family; amazing GGpa of Amelia and Olivia Heyman and Louise Dysart; dear brother of the late Sam Heyman (late Jean); dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend.
Lou was a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America, is an Eagle Scout, and received many honors through that organization.
Visitation Thursday, March 30 at 10:30 AM at Temple Emanuel, 12166 Conway Road. Funeral service follows at 11 AM. Private Interment. Memorial contributions preferred to The Backstoppers Inc., PO Box 795168, St. Louis, MO 63179 or to the charity of your choice.
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Judith was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 3, 1931 and moved to St. Louis for her husband’s medical residency in the ‘50s. She followed St. Louis sports, loved musical theatre, treasured her family and was devoted to giving back to her community. She and her late husband were widely admired for their generous support of Washington University, Miriam School, the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center amongst others.
Funeral Service Monday, April 3. 10:30 AM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. No visitation prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Jeffrey Scott Gall Memorial Scholarship Tribute Fund, Miriam Foundation, 1138 N Warson Rd., St. Louis, 63132 (www.miriamstl.org); the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, 36 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, 63146 (www.stlholocaustmuseum.org); or the charity of your choice.
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Judith Sharon Vogel
Beloved wife of Roger Vogel. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Elizabeth (Corby) Cox, Meredith (Steve) Friedman, Nicole (Brian) Smith and Derek (Rebecca) Hoffman. Proud “Nana” to Marlowe Hanis, Malone Friedman, Sydney and Skyler Smith, Landon Cox, and “Nana Judi” to Gwendolyn and Gabrielle Hoffman. Beloved sister of James (Linda) Resnick. Dear sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, and friend.
Judi was an active member of the reunion committee at her alma mater, University City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University and a master’s from Saint Louis University. She enjoyed bowling, playing bridge, and time with family and friends. One of her biggest enjoyments was taking her daughters and granddaughters out for mani-pedis and “lunch-brunch.”
Graveside service Monday, April 10, at 10:00am at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1247-414-2100, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 (https://siteman.wustl.edu/, 314-935-4725).
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David Michael Ellenbogen
David Michael Ellenbogen passed away on April 8, 2023. David was born on November 17, 1958 in Queens, New York. He attended Stony Brook University before moving to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Chiropractic school at Logan College of Chiropractic. David was a well respected practitioner, owning his own practice, and teaching at Logan, as well as being a mentor to many chiropractors.
David loved the outdoors. He liked to fish, hunt and spend time at his lake house in Owensville, Missouri. He enjoyed many things that influenced his youth, including Star Trek and playing record albums on his 1970's stereo.
David will be missed by a community of people whom he gave chiropractic care, as well as loved ones, his wife, Janalee Ellenbogen, his sons, Sam and Scott Ellenbogen, his siblings, Laurie Sinatra (Michael), Caryn Dayney (Jack), and Joshua Ellenbogen (Sara), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Eve Rosemary Wilde
Beloved wife of Kenneth Wilde; dear mother of Thomas Wilde (Alyssa), Larry Wilde, and Carol York (Kevin); dear grandmother of Ky, Laura, Deborah, David, Nathan, Alaina, Amanda, and Samantha; dear great-grandmother of two.
Eve loved classical music and the piano but above all, she loved her family.
Visitation Thursday, April 20 at 11 AM at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Alvan D. Rubin Drive. Funeral service begins at 11:30 AM. Interment follows at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois, 63123. Please see below for Live Stream details.
Memorial contributions preferred to the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, 36 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146.
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March 21 1936 - December 24, 2022
Beloved husband of Diane Zucker Torgove. Dear step-father of Scott (Sheri Mead) Sandler and the late Billy Sandler. Beloved brother of the late Lois Schrier (Edward) Richman. Dear brother-in-law of Les (Marilyn) Zucker. Dear uncle, cousin and friend.
A celebration of Barry’s life will be held at a future date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, MO, 63146 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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Gloria Ann Nuell
Loving wife of the late Eugene Nuell; dear mother and mother-in-law of Stuart Nuell (Becky) and Susan Steinmeyer (Steve); loving grandmother of Sam, Spencer, Anna, and Sara; dear sister of Lester Tettenhorst (Sharon) and the late Eugene Tettenhorst (Dorothy);loving cousin, aunt and friend.
Gorgeous Gloria, beautiful on the inside and out she made friends wherever she went. She was an avid reader, a lover of art, music and theatre. She was passionate about politics, serving as an election official for over 20 years. Gloria loved travel and could spend hours getting “lost” in an art museum or a botanic garden. She had amazing stories to tell and had a fabulous karaoke repertoire. She truly was the life off the party!
Graveside Services in St. Louis and a Celebration of the Life of Gloria will be planned and announced at a later date.
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August 29, 1938 - May 03, 2023
Heaven just got a little livelier with the welcoming of Steven Lee (Steve) Blives who passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, after a grand farewell party during his short hospitalization—with his children and grandchildren—which included merriment and 50’s music. No more of a fitting send-off could have been had because his family was the most important thing to him.
Steve graduated from Clayton High School and received his BFA from Washington University’s School of Fine Art, where he met his sweetie, Judith “Judy” in Art Class. After college, Steve began his career at Monsanto as a graphic designer until going out on his own to start Blives Consulting Company with Judy in 1973, which he ran for 40+ years. It was a design, marketing, and advertising company and because of his humor and wit, many of his clients became his best friends. He was also a member of the St. Louis Business Marketing Association.
When he wasn’t working, he could often be seen at the JCC working out early with his friends and running with the Asphasia jogging club. Steve was a very charitable person and served on various Boards of Directors. Every year he helped his friends Joanie and Alan Protzel with the Joe Stone Memorial Golf tournament which raises money for military and pediatric cancer charities.
Steve loved his grandkids, classic cars, pistachios, long back scratches, and a cold coke in a bottle. Even when suffering from Dementia he never forgot his sense of humor. During the hardest parts of life, he still could find something to laugh about. His last words were, “I want a pickle and I want to take a nap and DO NOT wake me up for dinner.”
He is survived by the great loves of his life, his family: Beloved husband of 60 years to Judith Mendica Blives; Dear Father of Mindy (Bruce) Blives McCoy, Missy (Anthony) Blives Castro; Loving Paw Paw to Zoe Castro, Zinnia Castro, Sicily Castro, Aidan McCoy and Connor McCoy; Dear brother to Carole Scroeder, Robin Creager, and half-sisters Marla Barry, and Dawn Klumpers.; dear friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all. To further carry on Steve’s memory, help make the world a better place and do one thing today that makes you share a laugh with someone.
Graveside service Thursday, May 18, 2023, 2:00pm at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. Tributes in memory of Steve Blives may be made to Rainbows for Kids, a 501 (c) charity near to his heart by going to RainbowsForKids.org to donate or mailing a check to Rainbows for Kids, 7221 Waterford Drive, St. Louis, MO 63123.
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