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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Alice Roberta Handelman
An award-winning writer and photographer, Mrs. Handelman’s passion for journalism began when she was a teenager, writing and editing for the West Miami Junior High Star and the Miami High News. She was later a reporter for the University of Missouri’s Maneater student newspaper. In that capacity, she met the love of her life, Howard Handelman, when she interviewed him for an exposé about men’s senior honors societies. The two were happily married for 55 years, and she missed him terribly after he died on October 14, 2020.
Mrs. Handelman and her sister Arlene were raised in Miami, the daughters of Ned (z’’l) and Margaret (z’’l) Samuels. A journalism degree at Mizzou was intended to be Alice’s ticket out of modest means. She never forgot the scholarship that made that degree possible, and later devoted much time raising awareness and funding for student journalism scholarships.
Discouraged from pursuing a professional career, Mrs. Handelman turned down a job at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after college, but she quickly discovered that freelance writing would allow her to balance the expectations of domestic life — and raising three daughters — with her career ambitions. Six decades as a journalist gave her opportunities to interview professional athletes, performers, composers and hometown heroes. In the 70s, she wrote feature stories for St. Louis Blues Goal Magazine and taught a class for women at Meramec Community College called “How to Understand Hockey.” She also hosted “Alice in Hockeyland,” a news show on KPLR-TV on that featured interviews with St. Louis Blues players and their wives.
In 1981, Mrs. Handelman became Director of Community Relations for Jewish Center for Aged, a position she held until 2000. While there, she procured donations of original art for the nursing home. Today, the sizable collection decorates the walls of Covenant Place. She was honored by Jewish Federation of St. Louis with the Fred A. Goldstein Professional Leadership Award for excelling in her field.
Upon her retirement, she remained devoted to advocating for older adults, and served as president of the Mid-east Area Agency on Aging (now the Aging Ahead Foundation). She also continued writing as a columnist for the Ladue News, and remained actively involved on many non-profit boards: St. Louis Press Club (past president), Women of Achievement (past president), Aging Ahead Foundation (past president), St. Louis Jewish Light (vice president), Craft Alliance and Women’s Society of Washington University. She is a past board member of Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation, and a life member of National Council of Jewish Women and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Auxiliary. Her passion for the causes, people and institutions she believed in was genuine, and she served in an outreach and publicity role for each organization.
Those who knew her will always remember her love of flowers and her uncanny ability to revive wilting orchids. She also enjoyed traveling (and writing feature stories about her travels), playing bridge, collecting art glass and — most of all — spoiling her four grandchildren. She had many friends from every chapter of her life, and cherished each of them.
Mrs. Handelman is survived by three daughters Karen Handelman (Marc Hirshman) and Patty Bloom (Jonathan) of St. Louis, and Marjorie Handelman of New York; grandchildren Rebecca and Matthew Bloom, and Abby and Emily Hirshman; sister Arlene Sackman of California; siblings-in-law Neil and Natalie Handelman, and Gary Handelman (Ronni z’’l), and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will take place Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at Congregation Temple Israel, #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive (Ladue at Spoede roads). The service will be available via livestream. Please see below for Live Stream details. Private family internment.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alice Handelman Scholarship Fund for Feature Writing at the St. Louis Press Club, P.O. Box 410522, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 or stlpressclub.org.
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Alene Shirley Kopolow
October 16, 1925 - May 22, 2022
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Beloved wife of the late Richard C. Wolf; dear mother and mother-in-law of Carol Solomon (Jeffrey), Lynn Wolf, Karla Deboer (Arthur) and Edward Wolf; dear grandmother of David Solomon, Adam Solomon (Ashley), Cynthia Lea Simpson (Dean Wienstroer), Jonathan Simpson (fiancée Alyssa Bridick), Colin Drake, Alan Drake, Resah Drake, Maday Wolf and Benjammin Wolf; dear great-grandmother of Aurora Solomon and Finnigan Solomon; dear sister and sister-in-law of Marilyn Siegel (Barry); dear aunt of Brian Siegel (Christina) and David Siegel; dear great-aunt of Elijah Siegel; dear cousin and friend.
Nancy will be remembered for her devotion to and unconditional love of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She showed tremendous strength and courage after becoming widowed at age 50, following the death of her beloved Richard after nearly 31 years of marriage. She insisted on living life to its fullest, including traveling alone to Venezuela for the birth of a granddaughter. She also joined the fulltime workforce, becoming a friendly and welcoming presence in the office of Congregation Shaare Emeth for 18 years, and later Congregation Kol Am.
Nancy bravely faced a series of health challenges throughout her adult life, most recently a long and arduous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her family expresses gratitude to her special friend and caregiver, Brenda Cunningham, and to Pathways Hospice for their compassionate care in her final days.
Graveside service Thursday, June 2nd at 1 PM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Please see below for Live Stream details.
Memorial contributions preferred to Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community, shirhadashstl.info/donate, or to a charity of your choice
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Larry W. Glenn
July 9, 1947 - June 09, 2022
Larry Glenn, son of Austin and Valada Glenn, was born July 9, 1947. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1974, cum laude, after receiving his BA in business from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1969. Larry married Gail in 1970. His three passions included his family and friends, the law and his photography.
Larry loved his career as a trial lawyer. He believed in helping those who were wronged and fought valiantly in their defense. His many accomplishments included: President of the Lawyer’s Association of Saint Louis, chair of the trial section of the Metropolitan Bar Association, chair of the legal committee at Shaare Emeth and Camp Rainbow, and syndicated columnist in a business/legal newspaper serving several states. He entertained his readers with strong legal opinions, but was most known for his article on the tragic death of Arthur Ashe, as well as other socially relevant topics. As a respected member of the legal community, Larry was often asked to be a guest speaker at various legal seminars. He was a lawyer in his heart to his last day.
Larry was a committed member of the Board at the Sheldon and the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers. His compassion was reserved for his many years as a founding Board member of Camp Rainbow, a special camping program for children with cancer or blood diseases.
Although an accomplished professional, Larry always put the needs of his family as his highest priority; whether coaching little league baseball, soccer, working on Science Fair projects or helping drive endless carpools, his family knew they could count on his support. As the family enlarged, he offered the same enthusiasm and carpool runs as he watched his grandchildren flourish.
After surviving cancer twice in his thirties, Larry was diagnosed with Parkinsons in his early sixties. Larry not only loved his family, immediate and extended, he found great comfort and joy in his connections with many close friends. With his friends, he traveled extensively, participated in a history book club, and enjoyed his long lasting poker group, golf trips and photography excursions. Larry led the way to purchase a well loved home in Montana, setting the stage for longterm meaningful memories with family and friends.
Larry will be missed by his wife, Gail, his children Ethan and Alise, granddaughters Alyssa Fritz, Anna Gardner and Isebella and Cheyenne Glenn (Arizona), in laws, nephews, nieces, extended family and his deep and loyal following of incredible friendships. In spite of various hardships, Larry maintained his dignity and took great pleasure in the life he led.
Funeral service Sunday, June 12 at 1 PM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Masks are required. Interment follows. Memorial contributions preferred to the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, 16100 Chesterfield Parkway West, Ste. 125, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for Live Stream details. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE
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Rae Fredkin Meyer
July 26, 1928 - June 13, 2022
Beloved wife of the late Sheldon Meyer. Dear mother of Susan (Mark) Messersmith and John F. Meyer. Beloved sister of Jacqueline Fredkin (the late Herbert) Arst. Dear sister-in-law of the late Robert (the late Eleanor) Meyer and the late Richard (Shirley) Meyer. Our dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend.
Mrs. Meyer was a long time and beloved teacher/librarian with the Ladue School District.
Graveside service Thursday, June 16, 10:30AM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Road. For live stream, please click "watch video", found below. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, P.O. BOX 37920, Boone, IA, 50037-0920.
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Marian Carolyn Auer
February 8, 1935 - June 14, 2022
Beloved wife of Arthur I. Auer, MD. Dear mother of Arthur I. (Shary) Auer, II and David E. Auer, MD. Loving grandmother of Hannah E. Auer (Tyler) Whitley, Alex H. (Sandi) Auer, Sam E. Auer and Nicole M. Auer. Cherished great grandmother of Grayson Q. Auer and Jackson K. Auer. Dear sister-in-law of Betty Auer (Tom) Philipsborn. Beloved daughter of the late Howard and Myrtle Dillie. Dear aunt of Lisa Philipsborn (Paul) Blumberg, Anne (Rick Ray) Philipsborn and Mari (Eric Terman, MD) Philipsborn.
She was born and grew up in Granite City, IL. Her early primary grades were attended in a one room schoolhouse. She received her R.N. from the Barnes Hospital School of Nursing and worked at St. Louis Maternity Hospital in Labor and Delivery for a number of years.
Marian married the love of her life, Arthur, March 2, 1957 and they spent over 65 wonderful years together. While they lived all their life in Clayton, MO, she and Arthur enjoyed traveling the world to places far and near. Marian was a member and lifelong volunteer for NCJW and the Miriam Foundation, but her primary interest was raising her two boys. She enjoyed being a lifelong reader, crossword puzzle worker and partner to her husband.
Memorial service Friday, June 17, 1:00 PM at Temple Israel, #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive. Visitation with the family beginning at 12:30PM until time of service. Live stream available at www.ti-stl.org/watch. Private family interment. Contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to the Scholarship Foundation, 6825 Clayton Avenue, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO, 63139 or to the Miriam Foundation, 1138 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO, 63132.
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September 8, 1931 - June 19, 2022
(nee Goldring), She was the beloved wife of Fred Lindecke for over 65 years; dearest mother of Steven (Elizabeth) Lindecke of Cleveland, OH and Stacy (Snehal) Desai of Pittsburgh, PA; loving grandmother of Owen and Elliott Desai and Ryan, Kyle and Lucy Lindecke; devoted sister of Harlan (Katherine) Goldring of New York, NY and sister-in-law of Robert (Barbara) Lindecke; dear aunt and great-aunt. Daughter of the late Maurice Goldring and the late Rose Goldring.
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John Dennis Fudemberg, 73, died at his home in St. Louis, Missouri on June 21, 2022 from pancreatic cancer. A lifelong St. Louisan, he was born March 26, 1949 and grew up in Ladue. He graduated from Ladue High School and attended The University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met his wife of almost fifty years, Annette Reiser. John earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Upon graduation, he returned to St. Louis to join his family’s paper recycling business, Imperial Paper Stock Company, of which he ultimately became President.
John is survived by his wife, Annette (Reiser) Fudemberg, his son Scott Fudemberg (Cara), daughter Marni Fudemberg Deutsch (Jeremy), his sister Gail Fudemberg Zugerman (Charles), and four grandchildren: Ella and Caroline Deutsch and Jack and Sloan Fudemberg.
Funeral service Friday, June 24th, 1:00 PM at Congregation Temple Israel #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive. No visitation prior to service. Private family interment.
Memorial contributions may be made to Siteman Cancer Center – Dr. Lim Research Fund. Please see below for Live Stream information.
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Beloved son of Franklin E. and the late Barbara Mange; dear brother of Joyce Mange, Martin Mange (Carole), and Emily Mange; dear uncle of Megan Mange, Erica Mange, and Scarlet Zell; dear nephew, cousin, and friend to many.
Larry’s family is especially grateful to the Independence Center for the love, companionship, and support provided to Larry.
Graveside service Tuesday, July 5 at 1 PM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Memorial contributions preferred to the Independence Center, 4245 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE
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Katherine “Kit” Samuels died after a brief illness in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 90.
Kit was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Leon Hirsch Rittenberg and Katherine Polack Rittenberg. Kit grew up in New Orleans and started going to bars, as she liked to put it, as soon as she was old enough to reach the counter and pay her tab. Kit attended and graduated from Metairie Park Country Day School, and she attended Vassar College and Goucher College.
Kit married Edward “Buddy” Samuels after their third date in October, 1953, and they were happily married for 62 years until his death in June, 2016. Kit was a successful businessperson, and she started her career importing gumbo from fine restaurants in New Orleans. She then became a stockbroker, working for I. M. Simon and then for Stix and Company in St. Louis. Later in her career, she co-founded Going Places Travel, which she ran from 1974 to 1988 before selling the company.
Kit had a love for golf, bridge, friends, family, travel, New Orleans, and Tanqueray, and a dislike for rules, regulations, and anyone who told her she couldn’t because she was a woman. She was known to give the pinky to people who deserved, but weren’t worthy of, the middle finger. She split her time between St. Louis and Naples, Florida.
Mrs. Samuels is survived by four children: Ted (Lori) Samuels of St. Louis, Sallie Samuels of Atlanta, Kris Samuels (Jim) Holmes of St. Louis, Peggy Samuels of Union City, New Jersey, and eight grandchildren.
Services in honor of Kit will be held on Wednesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery in St. Louis. (Live stream of the funeral service available below, please click the "watch video" tab.) There will be a reception following the service at Westwood Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kit’s honor to The Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110; Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, C/O Lori Gordillo, Director of Development, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; or to the John Burroughs School, Office of Advancement, 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, MO, 63124.
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Samuel Ralph Wool
June 22, 2022 - June 22, 2022
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Levy, John beloved husband of Yvonne Levy, died on September 17, 2010. Dear father of Janice (Jonas) Singer, Sharon and Ruth Levy; grandfather of Jeffrey, Jackie, Shawn Singer, Joseph Levy Kahn Contributions to the Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE
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Beloved wife of the late John Levy; dear mother and mother-in-law of Janice Singer (Jonny) of Saint Louis, Sharon Levy of Cape Town, South Africa and Ruth Levy of Mullumbimby, Australia; Loving Granny of Jeff Singer (Kathryn), Jackie Halpern (Todd), Shawn Singer and Joseph Kahn; Adoring Great Granny of John Singer and Henry Halpern; Dear sister, aunt and friend.
Yvonne led a fulfilling life with many interests. She was a dedicated remedial teacher in South Africa and St. Louis, who spent many hours doing yoga and listening to orchestral music.
Funeral service Sunday, July 10, 10:00 at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois Rd. 63123.
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Violet Wilma Brown
Violet graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor degree and taught English for many years.
She is survived by her three sons, Dennis Brown, Keith Brown, and Jason Brown, her six grandchildren, Stacy Laughlin, Ilene Walters, Ashley Echert, Conner Brown, Turner Brown, and Caroline Brown and her five Great Grandchildren, Asher, Ronan, Aaron, Iris, and Ely. Violet was preceded in death by her brothers Gilbert Rosch, Sam Rosch, and Sidney Rosch, but is survived by her sister, Estelle Bleich.
Violet will be long remembered for her passion for animal rights, her sense of humor, and her devotion to her family. She will be always loved and never forgotten. Services will be held at Mt Sinai Cemetery at 8430 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO on Sunday July 31 at Noon.
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December 14, 1930 - July 28, 2022
Beloved daughter of the late Theodore and Beatrice “Betty”” (Lyner) Birke; Cherished wife for 60 years of the late Donald G. Quicksilver; Adored mother of four sons--William (Elizabeth); Robert; James (the late Jacqueline); and Jeffrey (Ashley). Loving grandmother of Kimberly (Matt) Salsbury; Matthew (Daniela) Quicksilver; Katherine (Michael) Heaney; Laura Quicksilver, Thomas Quicksilver, Brett Quicksilver, Noah Quicksilver and Emme Quicksilver. Dearest great grandmother of Madeleine Salsbury, Rosie Quicksilver, Carolina Heaney, Emma Salsbury, Elliot Quicksilver, and Georgia Heaney. Sister of Charles Birke and Sister-in-Law of Michelle Birke. Mother-in-law of Patti Quicksilver. Dear friend of Jacqueline Riddick.
Joan was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City, in the shadow of Yankees Stadium and a couple of subway stops from Broadway. She became an avid New York Yankee fan and remained so until her final days, when Joan was still checking the ESPN App on her iPhone for the results of the prior night’s Yankees game. Joan’s proximity to Broadway instilled in her a lifelong love of theatre and show music, which provided the foundation for Joan to develop an extraordinary creative talent, one which manifested itself in a wildly successful and highly decorated career in Advertising and PR.
Joan moved to St. Louis when she was 14 years old and graduated from University City High School. She briefly attended Washington University, where Joan was swept off her feet at a fraternity party by a young man whom she would later in life often refer to as “Her Donald.”
Although Joan spent her entire adult life surrounded by Midwesterners, she never really lost her East Coast roots. Until her last days, she remained a New Yorker through and through—tough and driven. So, it was no surprise that Joan quickly took St. Louis by storm. In her early 20s, she began writing, directing, and producing full-scale musical productions for United Way, Barnes and Jewish Hospitals, Brandeis University, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Federation, Ladue School District, Boy Scouts of St. Louis, Meadowbrook Country Club, and National Council of Jewish Women. To say that her productions brought down the house would be a gross understatement.
It did not take long for the City of St. Louis to recognize the talents of this extraordinary woman. Indeed, in her early 30s, Joan received the St. Louis Globe Democrat “Woman of Achievement” Award for Creative Philanthropy. She is still one of the youngest women to be so recognized.
In 1976, Joan and a partner formed IQ and Associates, an advertising and public relations firm based in Clayton. As president of the firm for 18 years and a trailblazing businesswoman, Joan managed campaigns for financial institutions, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, philanthropic organizations, shopping centers and a number of St. Louis institutions, including The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Symphony, Fox Theatre, KMOX radio and KPLR-TV. For her efforts, Joan received a Flair Award for best local radio campaign, an Emmy Award for best locally written and produced television commercials, and the Marconi and Addy Award for best regional radio campaigns.
Not content to merely use her talents in business, Joan made an extraordinary commitment to the St. Louis community. In recognition of her philanthropy and in addition to the aforementioned “Woman of Achievement” award, Joan received The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis “President’s Award” in 2001 for outstanding performance in media and community relations. Joan was also inducted into The Catfish Club, the highest honor bestowed by The Press Club, for distinguished service in the public relations field. In 2005, Joan was honored by the National Federation of Press Women with its Quest Award for Outstanding Professionalism in Journalism. And, in 2008, she received an OWL Woman of Worth Award for outstanding professional and volunteer services.
Joan’s talents were in high demand from local civic and charitable institutions. She served with distinction on a plethora of boards, including the Women’s Division of Jewish Federation, Jazz St. Louis, Cancer Support Community, and the Press Club. Joan’s civic presence was so ubiquitous that some of her greatest admirers began calling her the “Grande Dame of St. Louis.”
While Joan was gratified by her professional success, the most important thing in her life was always family, especially her four sons, whom she called her greatest production. Joan was unequivocal in her love for them and fierce in her loyalty to them. Joan leaves behind an incredible legacy and a family who will cherish her memory forever.
Funeral service Thursday, August 4, 11:00 AM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 8430 Gravois Road. Live stream available, please click the "watch video" tab below. Contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the Quicksilver Fund for Colorectal Cancer Prognosis, C/O Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 790369, St. Louis, MO, 63179.
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November 21, 1938 - August 4, 2022
Beloved husband of Camelia Isbell; dear father and father-in-law of Eli Fleminger (Lena) and Joel Fleminger (Erika) and Michael Hoerner (Misty) and David Hoerner (Emily); dear grandfather of Avraham Chaim, Tuvia, Yehuda, Aviva, Isadora, Desirae, Austin, and Addison; dear great-grandfather of Emmett; dear son of the late Philip and the late Mary Fleminger; dear brother of the late Abraham, the late Murray, and the late Irwin Fleminger; dear uncle, cousin, and friend of so many.
Jerry moved to St. Louis in 1971 to join the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the viola section where he remained for over 46 years until his retirement in 2018 at age 79.
Funeral service Monday, August 8 at 10 AM at the Mausoleum at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Interment follows at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery.
Memorial contributions preferred to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
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January 21, 1961 - August 9, 2022
Howard Stern Smotkin passed away peacefully on August 9, 2022 after a 9-month battle with cancer. Born on Saturday, January 21, 1961 in York, Pennsylvania, Howard was the second child of Leonard and Mina Smotkin. He has one older brother, Lee.
After earning his accounting degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Howard moved to Missouri to attend law school at St. Louis University. He was the kind of guy who always sat in the front of the class.
After law school, Howard worked for more than 30 years as a practicing attorney. He spent 25 of those years at the St. Louis firm Stone, Leyton and Gershman. His clients would describe him as focused, diligent, and, most importantly, kind. Howard worked hard and earned an excellent reputation among colleagues and clients alike. He served as co-founder and general counsel of Meds & Food for Kids, an organization that helps bring nutrition to some of the most vulnerable children in Haiti, for more than 18 years.
In the early 1990s, Howard met the love of his life, Barbi, through their mutual friends Steve and Ann Dioneda. Howard and Barbi spent 28 wonderful years together as husband and wife. They are proof that opposites attract.
To his four children, Michael, Lauren, Emily, and Julia, Howard was a hero and a rock. He was a stoic beacon for many others, too – always the first to answer a call for help, no matter who, or when, or where.
Howard always dreamed of retiring on a farm with horses. His family takes solace in the idea that at this very moment, he is somewhere in the universe, on a beautiful horse farm with his mother, father, and friends gone too soon.
Howard was, is, and always will be our hero. We love him infinitely, will miss him endlessly, and will continue to see him in all the beauty of the world.
Though the last 9 months have been difficult, the family would like to publicly thank the village that has held them up during this time: Fred and Sue Wolter, Deanna Plab, Howard’s oncologist, Dr. Paul Mehan, the amazing nurses and staff at Missouri Baptist, and so many others. We love you, and we are thankful for you.
Funeral service Friday, August 12 at 11 am at Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Alvan D. Rubin Drive. Interment follows at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 8430 Gravois. Please see below for Live Stream information.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions preferred to Meds & Food for Kids, 8050 Watson Road, Ste. 355, St. Louis, MO 63119 or the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, Cancer Center Fund, 3015 North Ballas Road, St .Louis, MO 63131.
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