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Sally C. Reicher, 81, Leawood, Kansas, died June 26, 2015, at home. Graveside services were held June 28 at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice Foundation. 

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Michael Joshua Blackman

Michael Joshua Blackman, 26, died on June 15, 2015, leaving a gaping hole in the hearts of his parents, Corrine and Jeff Blackman, and his sisters, Rebecca and Sarah. Graveside service were held June 18 at the First Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Peekskill, New York.

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Abe passed away June 17, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born June 4, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri. Abe graduated from Central High School and soon after joined the U.S. Army. He fought with honors during the Korean War. Abe worked in the automotive industry for more than 50 years. He often encouraged his business associates, customers and family to “do the right thing.”

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Misty Kay Goldman

Misty Kay Goldman, 37, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 11, 2015. Memorial services were held June 16 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; inurnment followed at Rose Hill Mausoleum. The family suggests contributions to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at www.nami.org or another non-profit mental health organization of your choice.

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Rosalind Stern Reichman

Rosalind Stern Reichman, 101, Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away June 11, 2015. Graveside service was held June 14 at Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson Ave, Lenexa, KS 66219 or The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.

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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. {mprestriction ids="1,3"}She moved to New York City, where she started the Prisoners’ Family Transportation and Assistance Fund and was awarded the Volunteer Service Award by then Vice President Gerald Ford in 1972. A die-hard Democrat, she worked in Jimmy Carter’s campaign for president and Robert Kennedy’s campaign for the Senate in New York. In 1979, after the election of Ronald Reagan, she worked with the Inaugural Committee. They were looking for fast and accurate typists, and survivors said Ms. Mandel-Herzog typed more than 100 words a minute and thought it would be fun ... and it was.

Horseback riding came naturally to her. She was self-taught and could climb on just about any horse and immediately control the situation, family and friends said. One of her greatest experiences was riding across Mongolia on horseback, camping her way across the country. Some of her other accomplishments included teaching herself Braille and becoming a certified Braillist for the Library of Congress.

For a living, she developed what was for a time the largest private mailing list in the country, which she called “The Rich List.” She started this list by writing to every synagogue in the United States and compiling an enormous list of Jews, the backbone of the list. This exercise took her more than two years to compile, all done by hand in those days. Tenacity was her greatest strength, survivors said.

In 1999, she married the noted author Arthur Herzog, the only true love in her life; he died in 2010. She had great fun helping her husband with research on some of his books; most interesting was the tracking down and interviewing of Robert Vesco, allegedly guilty of and on the run from one of the largest Securities and Exchange fraud schemes in the United States.

“There was nothing Leslie enjoyed more than making deals and helping others put deals together. She used to say she loved playing in the business sandbox with big boys,” said close friend Lee Marvins.

Family and friends say she will be remembered for her tenacity of spirit, unconditional love, and, later in life, love and adoption of unwanted animals, most notably her beloved dog, Frosty, and 32 cockatiel birds.

She is survived by two sisters, Avis Mandel (Napa, California) and Tracy Mandel McHugh and husband Michael (Prairie Village, Kansas); nephews and nieces, Harry Stern, Alex and Charlie Botwin, and Erin and Mike McHugh Jr.; and stepson, Matthew Herzog.{/mprestriction}



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. {mprestriction ids="1,3"}In 1990, he earned his master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

While teaching at the University of Kansas, Pete met the love of his life, Flora Winitz, and they married in 1994. After marrying, Pete worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, first in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and then in the Office of Environmental Management as a Resource Conservation Specialist and Director of the Leaves and Brush program. He went on to work for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In 2001, Governor Holden appointed Pete to his Energy Policy Task Force, which traveled throughout Missouri holding hearings to develop a statewide energy policy. Pete moved into the private sector in 2007 when he took the position of Environmental Safety and Health Engineer, Senior at Lockheed Martin where he worked until February 2015. Pete also served for many years on the board of directors of Kansas City Wildlands, which focuses on the restoration of native habitats and ecosystems within the Kansas City area.

One of Pete’s most rewarding hobbies was researching and tracing his family’s genealogy back as many as seven generations. Pete was a bibliophile: he and Flora enjoyed spending time perusing used book stores throughout the country and their home is filled with books. But Pete’s primary focus was always Flora and their three children: Adam, Dylan and Stefanie Autumn. The family enjoyed hiking and other outdoor activities. Pete’s love of nature and passion for sustaining and improving the environment is what he will be remembered most for.

Pete is survived by his wife and children; brother: Jonathan Shemitz, Santa Cruz, California; sisters: Ellen Shemitz, Guilford, Connecticut, Leigh Shemitz and husband Chris Winters, Stamford, Connecticut; and parents: Norman and Mary Shemitz.

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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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Helen Roth Bernstein

Helen Roth Bernstein of Overland Park, KS, was born on July 30, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, and died on June 23, 2015. A private funeral service is planned. {mprestriction ids="1,3"}A graduate of Brooklyn College, Helene had multiple careers and lived on both coasts before moving to Kansas. After college she was a schoolteacher in New York City, then a homemaker on Long Island, where she studied interior design and worked for Bloomingdale’s. After a move to Los Angeles and jobs at Bullocks Wilshire and I. Magnin department stores, she became a paralegal and office manager for an L.A. law firm. During 47 years of marriage to husband Richard, and after his death in 2001, Helene was a devoted and loving grandparent to Ben and Stephanie Denzer of New York, New York, and Evanston, Illinois, respectively, and a caring mother and mother-in-law to daughter Sue Bernstein and son-in-law Paul Denzer of Overland Park, and to son Stuart Bernstein and son-in-law Kevin Lay of New York, New York, all of whom, with her sister, Sheila Aronson, also of New York, New York, survive her. Helene was overjoyed to have met and enjoyed the company of her great-grandson, Mason, born just last year.  

She spent her last two years being expertly cared for and watched over by the very fine people at Cypress Springs Overland Park Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Residence. Helene had lived in Overland Park for 20-plus years, but it never took her very long to remind you she was from New York.{/mprestriction}



Morton "Mort" Jacobs

Morton “Mort” Jacobs passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, surrounded by his family. Memorial services were held June 26 at Village Shalom. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests contributions to Village Shalom.

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