September 27, 1933 - January 6, 2022
Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Morris S. Lefton; dear mother of Evan Lefton, Michael Lefton (Debbie) and Amy Lefton; loving grandmother of Sydney, Jacob, Ellie, Sadie and Sacha Lefton; beloved daughter of the late Sidney and Florence (Besser) Miller; cherished sister of the late Donald Miller; beloved sister-in-law of Robert Lefton (late Marlene); dear aunt of Jeff (Bry), Cindy and Brad Lefton; loving great-aunt of Jessica and Katie Lefton; our dear relative and friend to many.
Even more beautiful on the inside than out, Marlene was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. For Marlene, family always came first, with chocolate and shopping a close second and third. She exuded class, elegance and grace, with a unique ability to touch everyone she met. Marlene toasted every special occasion by saying “There’s a lot of love in this room,” and she was always right, because she was in the room. Her warmth and smile will never be forgotten.
Funeral service Monday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road with private interment to follow. Please use the South Entrance (Sanctuary Entrance.) The funeral service will be available via Live Stream; please see below for more information.
Memorial contributions in Marlene’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
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May 29, 1929 - January 14, 2022
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Arthur Kenneth Lash
June 12, 1950 - January 16, 2022
Beloved husband of Gloria Lash, father of Stephanie Kilpatrick (David Kilpatrick) and Jeffrey Lash (Leslie Hinyard), son of Seymour and Pearl Lash, brother of Jay and Nevin Lash, loving grandfather to Esme, Brynn and Han Hinyard-Lash and Ian and Celia Kilpatrick, and dear uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Arthur (always known as Art) grew up on Long Island Hicksville, New York before moving to Framingham, Massachusetts, in high school, where he met Gloria. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He and Gloria married in 1970 and this past summer celebrated their 50th anniversary. Art worked as a professor at Nichols College and with Aetna Insurance before a long career with Farm Credit Financial Partners where he was able to explore his love of computers at the dawn of the technology industry. Art lived in Wilbraham, Massachusetts for many years before retiring to Mashpee on Cape Cod, and then to St. Louis.
Art loved to laugh and always had a smile. He was known for his love of technology, videography and photography, gardening, painting and wood-turning. He loved being outside either hiking or near the water, and had a thirst for travel, especially by plane. His sweet tooth and adoration for all desserts, especially those baked by Gloria and her family, was legendary. Above everything, Art was a devoted, loving, and unconditionally supportive husband, father and grandfather. He faced his diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease with the same sense of humor with which he approached everything, and was a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Private funeral service on Friday, January 21 at 10 AM CT. Please see below for Live Stream link.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Art’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
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Ralph Hugo Grosberg
February 27, 1930 - January 20, 2022
Beloved husband of Shirley Sanders Grosberg for 70 years. Dear father of Bradley (Philip Kean) Grosberg, Karen (Sandon) Wool and the late Patricia Grosberg. Loving grandfather of Shane (Jill) Wool, Matthew (Laura) Wool, Samantha (JordanTaylor) Wool and Travis (Katie) Wool. Dear great-grandfather of Jonah, Mae, Theodore, Eleanor and Grayson Wool. Beloved brother of Charlotte Schachter. Our dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Funeral service Sunday, January 23, 10:30am at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Harris House, 2706 S. River Rd., St. Charles, MO 63303.
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Clark Anthony Willett
April 29, 1945 - January 11, 2022
Clark Anthony Willett passed away on January 11, 2022 at the age of 76. He was the son of Arthur and Margaret Willett. Beloved husband of Judy Willett for 34 wonderful years; dear father and father-in-law of Matthew and Torrie Willett and Melissa and Tim Margulis; loving PawPaw to Cheyenne and Reese Margulis; dear brother, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend to so many.
Clark grew up outside of Paducah, Kentucky. He attended Brescia College and University of Albuquerque where he received his Master’s in French Education. After teaching at Gibault High School in Waterloo, Illinois he moved to Kansas City to work in food preparation at La Bonne Bouchee and Marriott hotels. He missed teaching and found a perfect fit at Parkway West Middle in St. Louis where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2000.
After retiring, Clark pursued his passion for photography. You could always find him with his camera around his neck taking pictures of nature scenes and then preparing those photos for art shows. Clark loved life and could talk easily to people wherever he went. His warmth and kindness were felt immediately. Clark’s skill of storytelling, especially about his childhood on the farm, was enjoyed by many. We all benefited from his cooking and baking. The Buche de Noels and his crepes were the best! Clark was always ready to travel and explore. He thoroughly enjoyed our family trips and reunions.
Clark and Judy got married in 1987 and had two wonderful children. He was very proud of them, watching and sharing in their accomplishments. He embraced Tim, Torrie, Cheyenne and Reese as they joined our family. One of his biggest joys was doing puzzles with Cheyenne at the dining room table.
Even as his Alzheimer’s disease progressed, his beautiful smile remained.
Graveside service with Live Stream access will be held at New Mt Sinai Cemetery on January 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Please see below for Live Stream details.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memory Care Home Solutions, Project Present or a charity of your choice.
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April 25, 1921 - January 27, 2022
Passed away on January 27, 2022 at age 100 after a brief illness.
Beloved wife of her childhood sweetheart, the late Aaron “Sonny” Liepe, for 68 happy years. She is survived by her son Ben, her sister-in-law Dusty Bernstein, nephews Ron (Alaina), Randy (Mollyann), and Sydney, and nieces Robyn and Sandra.
Norma was born in St. Louis, the daughter of Ben and Alma “Nannie” Bernstein. With her husband, she owned and managed a chain of children’s clothing stores called Bo Peep Shops. In 1965 the family moved to Kansas City, where she was a department manager for several stores including Stix Baer & Fuller and Harzfeld’s. Socializing with friends and relatives, and holding lots of parties, were among her favorite activities, with many of them spent at the Meadowbrook Country Club.
In retirement she enjoyed touring North America in the family’s Teton 5th Wheel trailer home. She settled in Palm Desert to enjoy golf and socializing with friends. Once a week she volunteered at the Palm Springs Air Museum’s gift shop. When her husband’s health began failing, they moved in with their son in Fullerton CA. There she volunteered at St. Jude Hospital’s gift shop. Her spare time was spent knitting caps for children with cancer for the Knots Of Love organization.
Graveside service Tuesday, February 1, 10:00AM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. Contributions in Norma’s memory may be made to Temple Beth Ohr, 15721 E. Rosecrans Avenue, LaMirada, CA, 90638
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Aubrey A. Yawitz
June 17, 1916 - January 31, 2022
He was the husband of the late Juanita Yawitz; father and father-in-law of Carol Don (Irl), Joanne Yawitz Farkas (Gabriel) of San Francisco, Richard Yawitz (Alison Cannon) and Nancy Yawitz; grandfather of Laura Don (Rotem Brayer), Michael Don (Sophia Balakian), Kathryn Venn (Daniel) and Alysse Godino; brother of the late Bernard Yawitz (the late Jean) and the late Vivian Gross (the late Byron); brother-in-law of Ray Marglous (the late Sharon) and the late Sawyer Marglous (Jean); great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Aubrey, a long time St. Louisan, was born in 1916 and raised in University City. He attained his undergraduate degree from Washington University, and at age 60 completed an MBA at Webster University. As a true patriot, he served in the Army during World War II where he was primarily stationed in the Pacific region. He eventually retired having been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On returning to St. Louis, he met the love of his life, Juanita Marglous, to whom he was married for 63 years. A true family man, he was devoted to his wife, four children and grandchildren.
Aubrey had a varied career after serving in the Army, working in the retail furniture business before finding his real passion as an Operations Research Analyst for the Federal Government. When he finally retired at the age of 76, it was a proud moment to be proclaimed Older Worker of the Year by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis.
His family describes him as an independent thinker, self-disciplined, highly intelligent, yet humble. Since he spent much of his later years in front of the newspaper, he was always well-informed on current and world events. His family was blessed to have him for so long (reaching the age of 105 years) and was even more fortunate that he did so with his full mental and physical faculties intact. Up until last month, he resided in his family home in Clayton for 67 years. His warm heart, generous spirit, consistent presence and support will be greatly missed.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral will be held.
Memorial contributions preferred to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis or a charity of your choice.
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Bernice Berger Fishel Agatstein
July 24, 1927 - January 31, 2022
Beloved wife of the late Bud Agatstein and the late Arthur Fishel; dear mother and mother-in-law of the late Irvin Fishel (Eliat), Marlene Soll (Howard) and Arthur Fishel, Jr. (Cindy); dear grandmother of Andrew Soll (Jennifer), Holly Johnson (Jack), Arthur Fishel III and 8 other grandchildren; dear great-grandmother of 38; dear daughter of the late Herbert I. and the late Rosalie Berger; dear sister of the late Morton Berger; our dear aunt and friend to many.
Funeral service Sunday, February 6th, 10:00 AM at BERGER MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 9430 Olive Blvd. No visitation prior to service. Private interment. MASK REQUIRED.
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September 12, 1926 - February 03, 2022
Husband of Audrey Adreon, father of Diane Adreon, Linda Morgan and the late Carol Grady, Grandfather of Rachel and Jason Gillman, Andrew and Adreon Morgan, Kelly Grady Lee and Thomas Grady Jr., Great Grandfather of Simone Ella Lee. Pre-deceased by brother, Merton Adreon, and parents, Irvan Adreon and Marie Adreon Morris.
Leonard graduated from Soldan High School where he majored in football and basketball. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, national business school honorary society and lettered in basketball. He had a successful career for 36 years as Executive Vice President of The Siteman Organization in real estate development and management, headquartered in Clayton.
He served as president of many organizations including the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), American Diabetes Association St. Louis Affiliate, Diabetic Children’s Welfare Association, Congregation Temple Israel, First Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee of Clayton, Vice Chairman of the Regional Arts Commission.
In 1976 he was awarded the Presidents award for outstanding service to the office building industry by Boma International. In January 2003 he received the prestigious Cornerstone Award from the Clayton Chamber for “dedication and devotion to the Clayton community.” Adreon was a co-founder of the Chamber’s Party in the Park annual event.
He was very proud of his military service as a Navy corpsman serving in combat with the First Marine Division in Korea in 1951 and 1952. He wrote and published a memoir called Hilltop Doc, A Marine Corpsman Fighting Through the Mud and Blood of the Korean War.
Leonard, above all else, was a devoted husband to Audrey for more than 69 years. He cherished his daughters and their families and spent many glorious hours with them.
A private family service will be held at the New Mt. Sinai Mausoleum.
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Esther Ann (Dolly) Horn
November 24, 1922 - February 09, 2022
Dolly Horn passed away peacefully on the morning of February 9, 2022 at the age of 99 in Clayton, MO.
Dolly was born Esther Ann Pont in West Blocton, Alabama to Edward Pont and Sadie (Kaler). Her parents immigrated from Kobryn, which today is Belarus. Dolly was the fifth of their seven children. The family moved to Miami Florida shortly thereafter where she grew up.
She married David Horn in April 1948 and she and Dave moved to St. Louis where they had three boys: Barry E. Horn (Jan Devine), Richard A. Horn (Hope Miller), and Ronald I. Horn (Cathy Page). She is survived by her sons and seven grandchildren: Dr. Elizabeth Prisc (Adnan Prisc), Anne Syracuse (Roger Syracuse), Matthew Horn (Caitlin Richter), Sarah Horn, Samuel Horn, Courtney Warner (Fred Warner), Ryan Horn, in addition to three great grandchildren: Hana Prisc, Eliette Horn, and Samir Prisc. Dolly was aunt to Steven Horn, Judy Hirsch (James Hirsch). Betty and Jerry Johnson (deceased), Edwin Pont (Michael Broadmeadow), Lyn Pont (Bernie Stein) Jon Pont (Lynn), Sharlene Pont and Gary Pont (Mirta).
Dolly devoted her life to her family, her adopted love of baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, and her career in fashion retail. Her grandchildren will remember her for her great love and loyalty, and her consistent advice. After her husband Dave passed in 1994, Dolly led the family with pride and strength. She will always be our North Star.
Graveside service Sunday, February 13, 2022, 10:30 AM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the National Council of Jewish Women of St. Louis (www.ncjwstl.org) or a charity of your choice.
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Beloved husband of the late Jessie Patzius Hirsch; dear step-father of Lebert (Sharon) Patzius, Steven Patzius, Meco (Patty) Patzius, Ken (Scott) Hirsch and Kevin (Kristie) Patzius; dear grandfather and great-grandfather of many; dear brother of Judith Kunstler and Linda (Jonathan) Kamen; dear uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Buddy was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War for which he proudly served. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. Buddy and his late wife, Jessie, taught Harmonica lessons at St. Louis Community Colleges for many years. He was a dedicated member of the St. Louis Gateway Harmonica Club, which played at many events across the St. Louis region.
There will be a Visitation on Friday, March 11 from 9:30 AM – 11:00 at New Mt. Sinai Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Rd. 63123. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM in the mausoleum. Memorial contributions preferred to the Jessie Rae Hirsch Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. Louis Community College.
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Devoted husband of 60 years to Linda (Rimmel) Kraus. Dear father of Ken (Anita) Kraus. Loving grandfather of Danny (Mara) and Ben Kraus. Beloved brother of Alan (the late Beverly) Kraus, Michael (Kathy) Kraus, and Eunice (the late Jack) Levy. Beloved son of the late Joseph and Cele (Silverman) Kraus. Dear son-in-law of the late Milton and Esther (Hitt) Rimmel. Dear brother-in-law of the late Gerald (the late Jeanne) Rimmel. Dear Uncle, cousin, confidant, and friend of many.
Jerry grew up in University City, attended University City High School and Washington University earning his bachelor’s and Doctor of Jurisprudence. He served in the US army retiring in 1965 with the rank of captain. Jerry deeply enjoyed his practice of law and cared about every individual he represented. He felt blessed to have had so many wonderful clients and partners during a more than 50-year practice of law.
He was very committed to the community and always sought ways to make a positive impact on the lives of others. He served as chairman of the Parkway school board, Chairman of the Missouri Cancer Commission, was a Lifetime Board member of the ADL among many other positions of community leadership. Jerry was proud of his many career and community accomplishments, but nothing made him happier than spending time with his family and friends. He took great joy in the accomplishments of his son, grandchildren, brothers, sister and all his friends and relatives. He was always available to listen, advise, help, and support however and whenever needed.
Above all, Jerry will always be remembered for his positive attitude, warmth, inspiring spirit, loyalty, perseverance; and most of all, his amazing smile, laugh and the twinkle in his eye.
Funeral Service Tuesday March 29, 11:00am at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr, with interment to follow at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. Masks required for in person attendance. Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1247-414-2100, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, The BJC Foundation for Hospice, P.O. Box 790369, St. Louis, MO, 63179 or a charity of your choice.
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Hintz, Richard L., PhD, asleep in Jesus, Saturday, April 2, 2022. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio, a son of Harry and Madelyn (nee Reitzel) Hintz. Rich retired from Monsanto as a Statistics Manager in 2006.
He earned a BS in Animal Science with a minor in statistics from The Ohio State University. Rich then earned his MS and PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University. He was a member Phi Kappa Phi too. After receiving his degrees, Rich taught in the Animal Science department of Oklahoma State University as an associate professor. He used his skills in animal breeding and genetics to assist numerous zoos with their breeding programs. Rich eventually became the manager of a statistics group in the Animal Science Division of Monsanto. While working for Monsanto, he helped their work on somatotropin in relation to dairy cattle and milk production.
Throughout the years, he was an avid collector and friend of Lowell Davis. Eventually, Lowell would be a major reason he would meet his wife. Rich also enjoyed reading, watching movies (especially westerns), cheering for the Cardinals and Indians, and going on trips around the country with his family. He was heavily involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. During his son’s time in the scouts, he served in various roles. For Cub Scouts he was a Den Leader and Committee Chair for Pack 855. In Boy Scouts, he served as the Advancement Chair for Troop 677. He went through Wood Badge as a Beaver, and he served on the District Eagle Board of Review. Rich made a point to attend numerous scout outings with his son, even a Deep Sea Fishing High Adventure trip. One of his biggest hobbies was supporting his son. He never ceased to remind his family of his love for them. Rich possessed a wonderful sense of humor, a great smile, and incredibly sharp memory. He was follower of Christ who had a deep faith and attended King of Kings Lutheran Church in Chesterfield, MO.
He is the beloved husband of Candace "Candy" Hintz (nee Salomon), and loving father of Cole Hintz. He is also survived by his aunt Irene Reitzel and many special nieces and nephews. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Harold "Skip" Hintz, Helen Hintz, and Steven Hintz.
Services: Memorial service at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13765 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Interment New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Friday, April 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to King of Kings Lutheran Church, Contemporary Worship Fund or Hillsdale College, Hillsdale Michigan. Memorial visitation at King of Kings Lutheran Church prior to services from 10-11 a.m. As a service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.
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Susan Carol Rose (like the flower) passed away on the evening of Tuesday 4/12/2022. She is proceeded in death by her daughter Jacqueline Rose and survived by daughter Danielle Bristow, grandchildren Alayna Bristow, Andrew Bristow and his fiancé Sara Risker. Susan is also survived by Vicki Jarrin and Andres Jarrin.
Susan Rose was a hell of a mother and grandmother to many. She was more stubborn, and more loving, than most. She never missed an important, or dumb, event in her family’s lives- swim meets, Special Olympic gymnastics, art shows, football games – she was there for all of it. She was infamous for Friday movie and pizza nights with her grandchildren that included repeat children movie selections (National Treasure is a national treasure, don’t change my mind) or an action movie (we knew to not say the swear words after watching- thanks Die Hard). She loved travel both near and far, taking her children up the coast of California, spending summers in Europe (when she stuck her kids in Jewish sleepover camps) and road trips to Laughlin, Reno and Vegas.
Bagels and an endless supply of Sam’s club lox was always provided on Sunday mornings or whenever it was emotionally needed. Her corned beef kept granddaughter Alayna from going vegetarian. And everyone knew to bring their own Tupperware to Thanksgivings and Passovers because leftovers are just as important as a good side dish. Not asking about or having dessert wasn’t an option. Her home and her love was open to all who wanted, or needed, it. Her home in LA was the center of the universe for friends and family and the occasional rambunctious high school party.
She was beloved and infamous and larger than life to everyone who knew her– especially with her trademark wildly painted nails and ring finger nail designs. She never knew a boot she didn’t love or a puffy painted t-shirt from some vacation she went on.
Life without her will include less long texts, less leftovers, less funny stories, and less love. But it will include more gratitude, more dedicated sushi nights, and more reminders of the days when things were good.
Here’s to the knowledge that she now has the new body (Terminator style?) she always said she wanted, and is able to dance and play slot machines on loop with good friends and eat as much ice cream, bacon cheeseburgers, sashimi and powdered sugar as her heart desires.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please take your loved one(s) out to a sushi dinner and order yourself a diet Pepsi (bonus if it’s a can of caffeine free).
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Beloved husband of the late Salle Rosenschein Siegel for 46 years. Loving father of Richard A. “Rick” Siegel III and Mindy Siegel (James) Lutch. Dear brother of Nancy Burson. Beloved son of the late Richard A. and Lois Siegel. Dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Funeral service Thursday, April 21, 11:00am at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Road. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10420 Old Olive Street Rd., Suite 300, St. Louis, MO, 63141.
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Nancy Lurie passed away during the night of April 8th, 2022 with her husband Ron by her side. She is preceded in death by her father Charles Fendell, her mother Minna Fendell, her brother Ricky Fendell, and a son Jason, who died shortly after birth.
Born in Cleveland to Charles and Minna Fendell in 1942, Nancy moved to St. Louis soon after. In 1954 she and Ron shared their first of many dances at a junior high party, and the two married in 1965. Nancy attended Oklahoma University for a year then graduated from Washington University. She began working as a middle school PE teacher in St. Louis and continued with that profession when she and Ron moved to New York City in 1968. In 1969 they moved to Washington DC where she gave birth to her first son Michael, then to Anchorage Alaska where she gave birth to a second son, Jason. Tragically, Jason was born with a genetic disorder and died at 6 months old. In 1971 she and Ron moved back to St. Louis where they had her third and last son Ryan in 1972. In 1994 she and Ron moved to Bozeman Montana where she lived until her passing.
Nancy loved people and was a “people person” through and through. Quick to laugh and with a big heart she bonded with people almost instantly. It was not uncommon for her family to wait nearby while she finished a conversation with someone she met at a restaurant or checkout line. In the early 90’s she began working at Rimrock Ranch in Cody, Wyoming during the summer season where she continued to work for nearly 30 years doing everything from cooking meals for the entire ranch, to picking guests up from the airport, to scheduling horse rides and trips to Yellowstone, to her true calling- making sure each and every guest felt taken care of.
More than anything, though, Nancy loved “her boys”. Beginning with coaching little league baseball and soccer teams and participating in ridiculous Halloween tricks for treats, Nancy made her kids feel loved every second of every day and never let pass an opportunity to tell them, even when fully grown, how she proud she was to be their mamma and how much she loved them.
Nano, as Ron often called her, was also a wonderful wife. She and Ron shared a veritable lifetime together. From high school sweethearts to canoe trips in Quetico Superior to raising a family together to relocating to a new state at the age of 50, Nancy and Ron were inseparable for nearly 70 years. Nancy was will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
In addition to her two sons and their wives, Mike (Erica) and Ryan (Merica Suthiboon), Nancy is survived by her two grandchildren Gwendolyn and Everett, her 4 nephews and nieces Chip, Amelia, Christopher, and Tracy, her beloved dog Fella, countless others whose lives she touched thru humor and kindness, and her husband of 57 years, Ron Lurie.
Funeral Service Sunday, April 24 at 11 AM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois in St. Louis. The service will be streamed online for those who would like to attend but cannot. A reception will follow. Details for the link and for the reception follow below.
An additional service will be held at Rimrock Ranch in early September to celebrate her time at the ranch.
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George Samuel Newman
George S. Newman, born May 3, 1945, passed away on April 20, 2022 from complications of heart disease. He was married for almost fifty years to Susan, his loving wife, best friend and partner. He was cherished by his daughters, Katherine Newman Orwig (Christopher) and Caroline Newman and was the adored funny and silly “Guppie” to Nathaniel and Sebastian Orwig.
Born and raised in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh PA, George remained a “Pittsburgh guy” throughout his life in St. Louis MO. He was a diehard Steelers and Pirates fan; and after college at McGill University, he added the Montreal Canadiens to his list of underdog teams to support.
While at McGill, he made the football team after solemnly promising his dad to hit the books and focus on studies, not football. He was the scrappy kid in the outfield who was only 5’8” but who played his heart out.
After attending law school at William & Mary and a brief stint as a legal aid attorney and clinical law school professor, George developed a thriving legal practice in St. Louis, becoming a national leader and pioneer in the field of immigration law. He played a major role in pushing through legislation to help foreign medical graduates practice medicine in health professional shortage areas. He was a founding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He served on countless community boards and committees.
George’s gift was people. They stimulated and energized him. He was unfailingly generous with his time and knowledge of the law with younger immigration attorneys who needed guidance and advice. He never turned away a friend or a friend’s child who needed his help. He made strong personal connections to his clients. Their worries and heartaches mattered to him as he worked to get everyone in the family the waivers and visas they needed for permanent residency.
Besides helping to make new Americans, George loved to make jokes that sometimes only he would get–it didn’t stop him. He was witty, and at times, maybe mercurial and stubborn. He was certainly brilliant and could fill up a room with his charm and warmth. Mostly, he was a mensch; and anyone who met him could depend on his deep kindness.
Memorial service Monday, April 25 at 3 PM at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Boulevard at Kingshighway. Central Reform asks that those attending the memorial service are vaccinated and wear a mask for the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions preferred to the International Institute of St. Louis, MERS Goodwill, or the charity of your choice.
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Janice Goldenberg Mintz
Beloved wife of the late Sidney Goldenberg and the late Irv Mintz; dear mother and mother-in-law of Jack Goldenberg (Erin), Dr. Joe Goldenberg (Zeena), Gwen Rubin (Jon) and Kim Leemon (Mark); dear step-mother of Steven Mintz (Dee), Andrew Mintz (Robin) and Patricia Neiberg (Jerry); dear grandmother and step-grandmother of Beth and Scott Goldenberg, Allison O’Shea (Chris), Lindsay Rubin (Seth Jacobson-Swanson), Tracy and Daniel Leemon, Rachel Tarabar (Jacob), Caryn Mintz, Jeffrey Mintz (Molly), Leslie Friedenthal (Jon), the late Brian Neiberg and Lauren Neiberg; dear great-grandmother of Hunter O’Shea, Mason Tarabar and Iris Friendenthal; dear sister of the late Eugene Cohn (late Helen), the late Clarence Cohn (late Miriam) and the late Robert Cohn (late Marilyn); our dear aunt, cousin, and friend to so many.
A private service was held. Memorial contributions preferred to the National Council of Jewish Women, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
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Returning to St. Louis to learn the family business, he married the love of his life, Ellen Coppersmith, in 1960.
By 1970, Sanford and his younger brother Richard were running the family business, Weiss-Neuman Shoe Company, and later added Gucci franchise stores to their portfolio. Richard died tragically at age 57 in 1995. Sanford remained President of Weiss-Neuman until it was sold and he retired, in 1997.
Sanford served as President of the board of the St. Louis Jewish Light, and other boards including St. Louis Country Day School, The NCCJ, United Hebrew Temple and Westwood Country Club. He was also an active member of YPO for many years.
Sanford loved horses, snow skiing, golf, a good book about politics or history, and a being with his family and friends. He and Ellen spent time at their home base at Westwood Country Club, and homes in Breckenridge, Colorado and Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Florida. They loved visits from grandkids, family, and friends, which often included golf, hikes, golf ball hunts, and reservations for a nice dinner.
He remained close with lifelong friends from Country Day, Princeton, and Westwood. Sanford also made new friends everywhere, possessing a soothing, friendly personality, always interested in a good conversation, and the opinions of others.
Sanford developed dementia in his mid-80s. While living at Dolan Memory Care home, he loved visits from family and friends, always well-dressed, still asking if there were reservations for dinner.
In addition to his wife and two sons, Stephen (Jenny Weimann) and David (Bobby Sanderson) Sanford is survived by four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Shelby, Madison and Jonathan Weiss.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the St. Louis Jewish Light, MICDS, or the charity of your choice
Irvin Alan Appt
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m., at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road in St. Louis, MO. Contributions in his memory may be made to Vitas Healthcare, 1801 Park 270 Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63146.
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