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Gladstone, Leah F.

Leah Frances Gladstone, 98, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Jan. 20, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospice House.


Leah was born April 20, 1919, to immigrants Joseph and Celia Miller in Kansas City, Missouri.

She attended Central High School and was active in B’nai B’rith Youth where she met Alvin Gladstone. Leah and Alvin were married Sept. 11, 1938.

Leah was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and volunteer throughout her life. She was involved in B’nai B’rith, Hadassah and Kehilath Israel Synagogue where she served on many committees; as president of the Sisterhood; and was the first woman to serve as an officer of the synagogue. In later years, she ran the gift shop. She was a lifelong learner and enjoyed taking classes and reading nonfiction. She completed the daily crossword puzzle from the newspaper “in ink” well into her 90s.  

Leah was the family historian and kept in contact with relatives from all over the world. She and Alvin traveled to Europe, Brazil and Israel several times visiting family. Leah was an impeccable housekeeper and enjoyed preparing family and holiday meals, which were always delicious. Leah and Alvin enjoyed their grandchildren and were always available to pick them up from school or take them to any event.

Leah was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Alvin Gladstone, and her companion of 21 years, Sam Gould. 

Leah is survived by her children, Gene and Felis Gladstone, Joel Gladstone, Ellen Magariel and Jim Sajovic. Grandchildren, Bryan and Desiree Gladstone, Jason and Mary Gladstone, David and Abby Magariel and Sara and Sam Montgomery. Great-grandchildren, Emelia Gladstone, Ari Magariel, and Olivia Montgomery. She is also survived by her sister, Eunice Fox, and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bickford of Overland Park, The Atriums and Lucile Tutera for their love and care.

In lieu of flowers or food, the family requests contributions to St. Luke’s Hospice House, Vitas Hospice, Kansas City Hospice, Kehilath Israel Synagogue, or the charity of one’s choice.

Graveside services and interment were held Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family at louismemorialchapel.com.

 Arrangements by The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.