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Recent Obituaries

Harvey “Skip” Mandel, 82, of Charleston, S.C., beloved husband, father and grandfather, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Skip was born July 6, 1931, in New York City. Skip was a graduate of the Citadel and served in Korea, retiring as a first lieutenant.

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Howard I. Novorr, 92, was born in Kansas City, Mo., and died peacefully on May 3, 2014, at Village Shalom in Overland Park.

Graveside services and burial were held at Mount Carmel Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 6. The family suggests donations to a charity of one’s choice.

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Douglas Peck, 63, of Grandview, Mo., passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services were held Monday, May 5, at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Congregation Beth Shalom or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Dorothy Phelan, 97, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Kansas City Hospice House.

Graveside services were held Friday, May 2, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, N.Y. The family requests contributions to the Dorothy Phelan Fund at SafeHome (www.safehome-ks.org).

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William Kaiser, 90, of Overland Park, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 25, at the Louis Memorial Chapel, followed by burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to The Kaiser Family Tutoring Fund at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14200 Lamar Ave, Overland Park, KS 66223 or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, www.kansascityhopice.org (1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy, Suite 200, KCMO 64114.)

Bill was born in New York to the late Benjamin and Frances (Goldfarb) Kaiser. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and advanced to the rank of a decorated first lieutenant. He flew B-17 bombers in the 15th Air Force in the European Theater. After his military service Bill returned to Brooklyn and married his wife of 68 years, Marcelle Bergman.

He joined the family business in 1946, selling garment manufacturing equipment. He moved to Kansas City in 1971 and continued in the industry, founding and operating The Bill Kaiser Co. until his retirement in 1999.

Bill was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Shalom where he was an avid Torah reader and coordinator of the lay Torah readers. He received the congregation’s highest honor, The Kovod Award. He was an avid sports fan and loved to share stories about his life.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Marcelle; son, Judd Kaiser, Leawood; daughter and son-in-law, Gina Kaiser and David Gale, Prairie Village; brother, Isaac Kaiser, Lakewood, Colo.; grandson and his wife, Joshua Flaherty and Amanda Tarter; and great-grandsons, Ryder and Chase Flaherty.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Barbara Timmons who lovingly cared for Bill in his later years.

Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com. 

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


Pauline Hanick Bovos, 99, of Overland Park, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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Libby Ellis Charno, 101, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Delmar Gardens.

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Harold N. “Hal” Hurst, 89, of Prairie Village, passed away on May 11, 2014, following a brief stay at the Kansas City Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 13, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Congregation Ohev Sholom, Kansas City Hospice House or to the charity of your choosing.

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Our beloved husband, father and poppy passed away at his home Monday, May 12, 2014.

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Frank Josephson, 88, of Overland Park, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the KC Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. The family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 or Heart of America Council–Boy Scouts of America, hoac-bsa.org (10210 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.)

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