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Recent Obituaries

Esther Abend, age 101, died on April 13, 2014, after a life well lived.

Funeral services were held at Louis Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 14, with burial at Sheffield Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Allen Abend Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, Hadassah or Congregation Beth Torah.

Born in Dubienka, Poland, on April 23, 1912, to Yehoshua and Nahama Greenfeld, she was educated in Lublin, Poland. She married her childhood sweetheart, Joseph Abend, in Dubienka in 1936 upon his return from Israel and just days before he left for the United States. She immigrated to join him two years later in 1938. They enjoyed a loving marriage of 41 years until Joseph’s death in 1977.

Esther was devoted to creating a good life for her family. She observed Jewish rituals and kept a kosher home. She took special pleasure in the accomplishments of her family. Esther worked in several family businesses and received recognition for her many years of volunteer service at Menorah Hospital gift shop. She was a volunteer for Hadassah and Women’s American ORT, and she supported organizations in Israel.

Esther was blessed with two sons, Stephen and the late William Abend, and their wives Barbara and Phyllis Abend; grandchildren, Nicholas Abend and his wife Gayle Chesley, Katherine Abend and her husband Kevin Wallace, Sarah Abend, Lynda Freshman and her husband Benjamin Freshman; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Alexander Abend and Anna Wallace. She is also survived by two nephews and their wives in Israel, Moshe and Mira Greenfeld and Noham and Rinat Greenfeld, as well as many relatives in Kansas City and throughout the United States.

May her memory forever be a blessing.

Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel. 

Arr. The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.


Taras Eugene Bileski was born on Jan. 29, 1939, and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services took place on Friday, April 11, at Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Gene grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as one of three children of Kasimir and Eugenie Bileski. He worked briefly for his philatelist father and spent one year of college toward an engineering degree.

He learned to ride motorcycles on a 1949 HD FL Hydroglide at age 16. It was his first bike and he never lost his love of cycling and bikes. He acquired later models of HDs and although inherently unstable they satisfied his lust for adventure. He rode thousands of miles across Canada and the United States, always armed with a pack of replacement parts and tools. Many times his ride did not get him home so he looked forward to a day of better touring bikes. In 1964 he went into the motorcycle trade to follow his passion and never retired. He became an importing dealer of Norton and Ducati by 1965 when he established his dealership Chariot Cycle in Winnipeg. Much of Gene’s business relied on mail order and due to numerous postal strikes he moved to the United States in 1985.

He made his home in Minneapolis for 16 years. By this time, the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, introduced in 1975, opened up uncharted territory in touring. He devoted the rest of his career to procurement of parts and accessories for the Gold Wing under the name Saber Cycle and spent the last years of his life developing the reproduction of obsolete OEM parts.

After discovering his wife, Diane, and lower real estate values in the Kansas City area, he decided to move south to Raytown, Mo., in 2000 where he resided ever since. No matter the disappointments and hardships in his life, he always maintained a philosophy of moving forward, surrounding himself with beauty and embracing his passions.

He cultivated a love of music early in life, listening to great voices such as Italian tenor Enrico Caruso on his 45s. He developed a broad spectrum appreciation of classical and operatic music. He also loved jazz and became enchanted with the blues after picking up a Winnipeg radio station playing Delta blues in Biloxi and began collecting music by Benny Moten, Fats Waller and more.

Gene was a great supporter of the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Friends of Chamber Music. He was highly self-educated, could talk on any subject and his friends and acquaintances were amazed at his ability to recall volumes of facts and historical detail. His love of food transcended from the Ukrainian culture he grew up in where he relished his mother’s pyrohy and cabbage rolls.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Diane Krizek; sister, Jeanette (Alex) Warga; brother, Felix; children, Randy Bileski, Billy Adelman, Elin, Kasimir and Gil Bileski, Brian Lee and Rochelle Owings; and grandchildren Matthew and Jennifer Bileski, Audrey Pendergraft and Liam Owings.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kasimir and Eugenie (Negrych) Bileski, and son, Yaron Bileski.

The family wishes to extend its deep appreciation and affection for the staff at St. Luke’s East who cared for his many medical needs, providing him comfort in a warm, loving atmosphere.

Online condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com. 

Arr: The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.


We lost on Thursday, April 3, 2014, a giant of a man to whom nature was so important that he chose to reside in rural areas of South Kansas City, St. Joseph, Centerview, and Warrensburg, not only for the peace and quiet, but to raise fruits and vegetables, especially raspberries.

Warren cherished his dogs, Heidi and Max, to whom he gave and received much love and devotion.

He attended Kemper Military School, Southwest High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and finance from Ripon College.

After a stint in the Marines, and working in the family fruit and produce business (L. Yukon & Sons), he followed his interest in finance by training in N.Y. That was the beginning of his career as a technical stock analyst. Eventually his own stock charting and consulting business was started from his home in St. Joseph. A great honor were the articles written in the Wall Street Journal — Heard on the Street column — about his theories.

Warren’s musical ability of improvising jazz and boogie woogie were generally not known. His expertise in martial arts included Judo, Karate (black belt) and wielding numchucks.

A private committal was held at Mount Carmel Cemetery on April 8.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Benne and Melba Donovitz Yukon.

Survivors include a sister, Sandra Walton (husband Walter); a niece, Laura Marks (husband Joe Meyer); and a grand nephew, Dakota Meyer.

Memorials may be sent to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137 or the University of Kansas Hospital.

Online condolences may be left at www.louismemorialchapel.com. 

Arr: The Louis Memorial Chapel 816-361-5211.


Gerald Bernard Baru, 88, of Olathe, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 17, at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Gerald was born March 19, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Louis and Minnie (Bobrov) Baru, and was a lifelong area resident. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in India and Burma.

He was a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering.

In the 1960s, Gerald designed many schools and education buildings in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including the UMKC Library and Center High School.

In the 1970s, he designed many major shopping centers across the country, including Oak Park Mall.

In the 1980s, he designed the remodeling of Central High School.

He was a longtime former member of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and was also a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Gerald enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and on cruises.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Sol Baru.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Baru, of the home; sons and daughter-in-law, Steve Baru and Carolyn Hall, Overland Park; Dan Baru, San Diego; daughter, Cheri Deverey and her companion, Mark Pfefer, Overland Park; and grandchildren, Jon Baru and Brian Deverey.

The family suggests contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 (www.splcenter.org).

Online condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com. 

Arr: The Louis Memorial Chapel 816-361-5211.


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