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Recent Obituaries

Sue Elaine Blackman

Sue Elaine Blackman, 84, passed away July 7, 2015. Funeral services were held at The Louis Memorial Chapel, followed by interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Blackman; her parents, Lillian and Jack Moskovitz and her sister, Beverly Blatt. Kindly omit flowers, contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House.

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Rebecca Raeder Wexler, 95, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Olathe, Kansas. Memorial services were held Sunday, July 12, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog

Leslie Ann Mandel-Herzog of Manhattan, New York, and Wainscott (Long Island), New York, president of the Rich List Company, investor in airplane funding and leasing, and explorer, died on June 23, 2015, from kidney stone complications. She was 69.

Ms. Mandel-Herzog was also involved with the Urban Coalition, Harry Winston Foundation, Children’s Aid Society and the Circle in the Square Theater, to name a few of her charitable endeavors. More recently, she became a member of the Explorers Club in New York City.

Born July 29, 1945, the daughter of Seymour and Marjorie Mandel, she grew up in Minneapolis, graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in art history. 

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Peter Daniel Shemitz

Peter Daniel Shemitz, 55, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home. Funeral services were held Friday, July 3, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at Sheffield Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests contributions to the Kansas City Wildlands program through Bridging the Gap www.bridgingthegap.org/donate (designate Kansas City Wildlands), the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/scu/snre or Congregation BIAV http://www.biav.org/donate/.

Pete was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Norman and Mary Shemitz. After graduating high school he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Hobart and William Smith College on the shore of Lake Seneca, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. 

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Annette Bell

Annette Bell, 85, a lifelong area resident, passed away June 27, 2015. Graveside service was held June 30 at Mount Carmel Cemetery. 

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Alan R. Brown

Alan R. Brown, 84, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away July 24, 2015. Funeral services were held July 26 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; interment followed at Sheffield Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, Kansas City Hospice House or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Ann Himmelstein Studna

Ann Himmelstein Studna, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Houston, Texas at the age of 100 after a great and long life.

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Mary Shabason

Mary Shabason, 88 of Kansas City, Missouri, died in her home on July 13, 2015. She was born on Sept. 27, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Jake and Naomi Shabason. Mary was a lifelong participant in tzedakah. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association or to any worthy charity of your personal choice.

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Harvey A. Flacks

Harvey A. Flacks, 67, died July 13, 2015, at St. Joseph Medical Center after a brief stay in ICU. Funeral services were to be held July 15 at The Louis Memorial Chapel with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jewish Community Foundation, 5801 W. 115 St. Overland Park, Kansas 66211.

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Ruth Tigerman

Ruth Tigerman, 84, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Graveside services were scheduled to take place July 15 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests contributions be made to a charity of your choice.

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