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Recent Obituaries

Natanya Joy Mallin journeyed to the eternal light on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014, at the age of 27. She passed peacefully and courageously after an eight-year intermittent history of illness.

Most of Natanya’s life was spent enjoying the wonders of Durango, Colo. She graduated from Durango High School and Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. After completing her program at Aveda Institute Denver, she became a licensed cosmetologist.

Natanya is survived by her parents, David and Gail Mallin; her brother, Josh; the love of her life, Ryan Jameson;  her  grandfather,  Mel  Mallin,  of  Overland Park; and grandmother, Andrea Miller of Winston-Salem, N.C. She was a grandniece of Rabbi Maurice Solomon of Kansas City and Rabbi Emanuel Laderman of Denver.

Natanya was a trendsetting fashionista who loved finding the beauty in people and bringing it to the surface. What brought her the most joy in life was sharing joy with others. Her vibrant eyes, heart-warming smile, and incredible strength and energy touched people’s lives in unforgettable ways.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall in Durango.

Donations can be made payable to the Natanya Joy Fund and sent to: 8867 Norwich St., Westminster, CO 80031. Contributions to the Natanya Joy Fund will benefit young adults with rare diseases and other charitable causes in the community of Durango.


Harold Theodore Pehr, 87, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

Graveside services were to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.

Harold was a prolific inventor with more than 60 registered patents, an entrepreneur known for his quick wit and vibrant personality. One of the highlights of his day was sharing “the joke of the day.” Harold proudly served in the U.S. Army as a recruiter and wrote the camp newspaper. He was a founding member of Congregation Beth Torah and a longtime member of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.

Born March 27, 1926, in Baltimore, Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Fannie-Berman-Pehr; first wife, Phyllis Pehr; and daughter Shelley Pehr.

He is survived by Janice Bramen, his wife of 34 years; daughter, Victoria Kitchen (Russell); daughter, Dona Miller (Brett); and grandchildren, Shaylynn Miller, Maura Miller, John Kitchen and Chris Kitchen; a brother, Marvin Pehr (Barbara); and nephew, Howard Pehr.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Sweet Life Memory Care of Overland Park as well as Brookfield Hospice for their excellent care in Harold’s last days.

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

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


Dorothy Tonkens, age 91, of Leawood, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Feb. 20, at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Dorothy’s Memory to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 104, Overland Park, KS 66211, or to AHA’s Science & Technology Accelerator program (my.americanheart.org/accelerator), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dorothy was born Nov. 12, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., to Jacob and Sophie Rotman. She was married to Dr. Robert Tonkens, a highly respected and loved pediatrician, from 1947 until his untimely death in 1984 in an accident.

Dorothy graduated from Central High School and Kansas City Junior College in her youth and ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree from Avila University in business and psychology when she turned 60. She had a great love of learning and adventure and traveled extensively throughout the world during her lifetime.

She was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and its Sisterhood, Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as Friends of Brandeis University.

In addition to her loving husband of 37 years, Dr. Robert Tonkens, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Sophie Rotman; and by both her brothers, Max and Frank Rotman.

She is survived by her son, Ross Tonkens, M.D., and his wife of 17 years, Candace; their sons, Richard and Ryan; and their granddaughter, Anabel.

Dr. Ross Tonkens is a cardiologist who leads the American Heart Association’s Science and Technology Accelerator division, a program aimed at propelling game-changing innovations rapidly from bench to bedside in order to decrease death from heart attack and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

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

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


Sylvie Schuman Reice, 94, of New York City, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Graveside services were held Sunday at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, N.Y. The family suggests contributions in her memory to Congregation Beth Torah.

Sylvie was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Reice.

She is survived by her children, Milo Reice, Naomi Buchwald, Dr. Seth Reice, Andrew Reice and Richard Reice; and her grandchildren, David Buchwald, Jennifer Buchwald, Rabbi Rebecca Reice of Congregation Beth Torah, Max Reice and Alexandra Reice.

Sylvie was the editor-in-chief of Ingénue Magazine for a number of years in the 1960s, when it was one of only three teenage magazines. She also worked for Seventeen Magazine. Her work in magazines and editing took her to some fabulous places, where she met famous people such as Anthony Quinn, Charleton Heston, Rex Harrison and Princess Christina of Sweden.

She later ghostwrote the nationally syndicated Dr. Fox pet advice column for many years (even though she never had a pet). She wrote young adult advice columns, books and short stories before “Young Adult” was a genre. Amazon still carries a few of her titles under the name Sylvie Schuman.

In later years, she settled into being an art critic and wrote a column for a paper on Long Island. She could get in anywhere in New York City with her press pass and would take her grandchildren to museums and art openings, theater productions and films.

She was a stunning person in her brilliance and her beauty. She would have been 95 on March 28.


Helen Shapiro, 105, of Overland Park, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Village Shalom.

Graveside services were held Friday at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Village Shalom, Congregation Beth Shalom Lechem Committee or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.

Helen was born Sept. 2, 1908, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Wolf and Pearl Lena (Karol) Glazer.

She was a legal secretary for Cohen, Schnider, Shamberg & May law offices for 26 years before her retirement in 1978 at age 70. Helen began working in 1952 following her husband’s death. Prior to this she was a homemaker raising her children, Audrey born in 1938 and Bill born in 1945.

Helen was a current member of Congregation Beth Shalom and was a longtime member of Kehilath Israel Synagogue. 

She was described as a woman of valor — a modest, strong-willed, passionate parent and grandparent. Helen was a woman of few words, but they were always from her heart. She had tremendous integrity. Her examples were shown by her deeds, not just her words. 

Her dedication was to her family. Her life revolved around raising all the generations of her family, always putting herself last, although she deserved to be first.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 15 years, Bernard Herbert Shapiro; brothers, Morris, Lou, Jay and Ben; sisters, Mina, Bertha, Fannie and Ruth; and grandson, Binyamin Greenblatt.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William and Joyce Shapiro, Overland Park; daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Martin Greenblatt, Jerusalem; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Village Shalom where she lived since 2006. They are truly caring and dedicated people who deserve the highest praise for what they do. Also high praise should go to Kansas City Hospice that helped her through her final days.

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

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


Idell L. Solsky, 87, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at her home.

Graveside services were to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. Contributions are requested to St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation.

Idell was born in Brainard, Neb., the daughter of Louis and Sylvia (Jasa) Novak. After high school, she went to Nebraska Wesleyan College in Lincoln, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology in 1948. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City to work as a medical technologist in a private doctors’ office for 19 years.

In 1972, she left her medical position to work with her husband, Jim, in the family market at 39th and Paseo until they sold the business and retired in 1993.

Idell was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Jim Solsky, in 2000; and her sister, Donna Kelemen.

She is survived by her nieces, Tammy Garcia and husband Steve and Cynthia Taugher, all of Denver. 

Idell enjoyed traveling with her family, took lessons in painting and enjoyed cooking for and supporting her loving family in all of their endeavors.

She will be greatly missed by those close to her.

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

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


Ida Feldman, 93, of Ontario, Canada, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Steeles Memorial Chapel in Toronto, with burial at Dawes Road Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Baycrest Foundation, www.baycrest.org/donations or 416-785-2875.

Ida was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Feldman; sister and brother-in-law, Edith and William Dunn; and brothers and sister-in-law, Murray and Lillian Allen and Stanley Allen.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Anne Feldman and Jack and Nicole Feldman, Overland Park; grandchildren, Brian (Einav), Hannah and Matthew; great-granddaughter, Maya; sister, Rhoda (Harry) Waisglass; and sister-in-law, Anne Allen. She will be missed by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Online condolences may be made at www.steeles.org/condolence.html?fid=245604.75982639.


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