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Krigel, Edwin

Edwin Krigel, 93, lifelong resident of Kansas City, died on Jan. 19, 2018, at Village Shalom, Overland Park, Kansas. He was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ruth Milgram Krigel and Solomon Krigel. The second of four children (Geraldine Salvay, Richard Krigel and Phyllis Rips), he grew up during the Great Depression, and learned from his parents the importance of working hard, being charitable and helping others.

He graduated from Paseo High School and University of Illinois (1945; mechanical engineering). After college, he served in the U.S. Army for several months until World War II ended. Stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he interviewed new recruits about their skills and work experience. Because his father died from diabetes while Ed was in college, he chose after the war to help his mother operate the family’s jewelry business, Krigel’s Diamond Shop, a vocation he enjoyed. He and his brother Richard later purchased the store from their family. Ed continued to own and operate a jewelry store on the corner of 10th & Main in Kansas City, Missouri, Krigel’s Diamonds & Jewels, until the early 1980s. Subsequently, he became a commercial realtor, broker and developer until his 80s.

He was married in 1956 to Barbara Rosenfeld and had a daughter, Joanne “Jody” Cosner. In 1960 he was remarried to Barbara Oppenheimer, “the love of his life.” They had two children, Stuart and Sheila, whom they raised in Leawood, Kansas. Ed and Barbara both worked in their jewelry store, and the children helped out on weekends from a young age. Ed particularly enjoyed helping young couples select and design engagement and wedding rings, while Barbara ran the office. The children fondly remember the multi-ethnic staff and clientele at the jewelry store, in a Kansas City that was mostly segregated at the time. Ed’s mechanical engineering education left him with a love of making and repairing things. In his basement workshop he helped his children make wooden bookends, an award-winning Pinewood Derby car, and creative Indian Guides and scouting projects. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing his violin and attending musical concerts. In 1978, with his children still in high school, Ed was heartbroken when his wife Barbara died of lung cancer. During her illness, Ed was truly devoted, accompanied her to doctors and hospitals, and worked to keep the family optimistic. After her death, he continued raising his two children while running the family business and his home.

Ed’s Judaism was important to him. He and his family regularly attended Congregation Beth Shalom, where he had his Bar Mitzvah, attended religious school, had an adult Bar Mitzvah at age 83, and was a lifelong member. He served as president of Hatikvah B’nai Brith lodge and supported many local charities in Kansas City, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, the Jewish Community Center, and several secular organizations. After moving to Village Shalom in 2009, he participated regularly in religious services there, occasionally led them, and attended courses about current events and Jewish issues. He loved celebrating Jewish and secular holidays with his children’s families and his large extended family. He traveled to California several times a year to be with his children and grandchildren, and to attend important milestone events and celebrations.

In his later years, as his health declined, he enjoyed visits from friends and family, and simple pleasures including eating a good meal, spending time with his longtime girlfriend Joan Willcox, and discussing childhood memories with his older sister Geraldine Salvay, both of whom reside at Village Shalom. 

Survivors include his children Stuart and Julie Krigel, San Jose, California, and Sheila and David Matz, Lafayette, California. His grandchildren Benjamin Krigel, Raphael Krigel, Juliana Matz and Joshua Matz were his greatest pleasure. He will also be sorely missed by his longtime girlfriend Joan Willcox, his sister Geraldine Salvay, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Village Shalom for their kind and attentive care, as well as his physicians, caregivers and the staff of Crossroads Hospice. Memorial gifts may be made to the Guardian Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

Funeral services and interment were held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at the Yukon Chapel at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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

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