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Eugene L. Novorr, 85, of Leawood, Kan., passed away on Friday, April 1.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 3, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family would like contributions to Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209 or a charity of one’s choice.

Gene was born on Nov. 5, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

Upon returning home, he joined his father and brother, Howard, in the family business, “Michael’s Fine Clothing,” and remained there until 2007.

Gene and Shirley were married Dec. 25, 1950. They were members of Congregation Beth Shalom, where Gene was a life member of the board. He was active in B’nai B’rith #184, Meadowbrook Country Club, Scottish Rite and Ararat Shrine. He was the former president of Crossroads Business District. He was involved throughout the community.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Dorothy Novorr; and his brother, Gerald Novorr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley, and children, Sherri (Steve) Newstead, St. Louis, Mo., Robin (Eddie) Stone, Dallas, Keith (Vicki) Novorr; was Poppa to grandchildren, Andrea and Todd Newstead, Michael and Josh Novorr, and Jamie (Adam) Lipp. He leaves behind his brother, Howard (Marge) Novorr; sister, Helen Margolis Cohen; sister-in-law, Pearl Novorr; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Grace and David Ernstein. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews, and an abundance of longtime friends. Special thanks to the many devoted caregivers at Village Shalom.

To Gene, family was most important and he cherished the many wonderful times spent together. Gene, Daddy, Poppa will be greatly missed by all.

Online guestbook at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

Ricky Alan Covitz, 61, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Thursday, March 24, at his home.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 25, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 (www.lungsusa.org).

Ricky was the owner of “Rick’s Tailoring & Menswear” in Overland Park for the past 33 years.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Irvin and Sylvia (Shamsky) Covitz.

Ricky received his Bachelor of Arts degree in recreation therapy from the University of Missouri, was a huge Tigers fan and loved to play handball.

He moved to Kansas City in 1973, where he met his future wife, Mary. After meeting Mary, he learned tailoring from her father “Leo the Tailor,” who had a shop for 45 years and mentored Ricky.

Ricky was a member of Kehilath Israel Synagogue.

He lived for his store, working 60 hours a week. Ricky loved his family, children and grandchildren. He loved traveling with Mary and his children, all over the world.

He rarely went anywhere without running into customers and friends. His humorous and often sarcastic nature entertained friends and customers alike.

He stayed in touch over the years with friends from grade school and high school in St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Covitz, and in-laws, Rose and Leo Zemelman.

Ricky is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Covitz, of the home; son and daughter-in-law,Jeffrey and Amy Covitz, Lenexa, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Lesley Covitz Fulton and Matthew Fulton, Brooklyn, N.Y.; mother, Sylvia Covitz, St. Louis; sister and brother-in-law, Risa and Elliot Enger, St. Louis; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Suzy and Robbie Katz, Overland Park; grandchildren, Leo Covitz and one on the way; and nieces and nephews.

Online guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

Marian (Fried) Roberts, 83, of Highland Park, Ill., passed away on Friday, March 25.

Marian was born in New York City, but grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Southwest High School. She attended Connecticut College for Women and graduated from the University of Missouri before moving to Chicago in 1950.

Marian is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Roy Roberts; daughter, Julia A. Roberts of Streamwood, Ill.; son, Charlie (Cristina) Roberts of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Julian Roberts and Sarah Tila Roberts; brother and sister-in-law, Harvey and SuEllen Fried of Prairie Village, Kan.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dick and Jane Roberts of Greenwich, Conn.; and many devoted friends, especially Bobby Peterson.

Marian will be remembered for her steadfast work for peace and social justice; as an artist, interior designer and architectural historian and her extraordinary ability to recite hundreds of poems and song lyrics from memory.

A memorial will be held in late April. For information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after April 15.

Beatrice Barewin, born April 2, 1910, of Overland Park, Kan., died March 22, of natural causes at Villa St. Joseph.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Raytown, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Born in Cleveland, she had lived and worked in the Kansas City area since 1915. Her first husband, Hayman Barewin, died in 1956. Ned Weiss, her second husband, died in 1987 and her subsequent companion, Max Barewin, died in 1997.

Mrs. Barewin was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom. She had been an active member of B’nai B’rith Women for many years holding leadership positions on the local and district levels.

Surviving are her son, Lee (Claudia) Barewin, Kansas City; daughters, Terry Tull, Kansas City, and Janet (Ken) Bold, Coral Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Howard (Jenny) Barewin, Leslie (Mark) Schuenemeyer, Beth Oberg, Mihaly Bartalos, Kevin (Kim) Bartalos, Neil Bartalos, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Bold, Miles (Dodie) Weiss and Eric (Patricia) Weiss; nephew, Robert (Arlene) Barewin; nieces, Barbara (Tom) Riley, Deborah (Michael) Mullen, Elaine (Paul) Grollman, Roseanne (Alan) Peltzie and Andrea (Herb) Hodes; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

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

Online guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Marilyn Doris Bressel, 87, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Friday, March 18, at Kansas City Hospice House.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 21, at The Louis Memorial Chapel. The family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 or the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Bressel was born in Kansas City to Jennie and Morris Shankman, the youngest of six children. She was a graduate of Central High School, Kansas City, Mo.

While a teenager, she began working at Vogue Fabrics, became a co-owner, and ran it successfully for many years until her retirement.

Mrs. Bressel was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom for over 65 years, Hadassah, Jewish War Veterans, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Humane Society and the Jewish National Fund.

She was an artist, master at crossword and word-letter jumble puzzles, sewing, and loved animals.

Mrs. Bressel was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Simon, William and Phillip Shankman; and one sister, Cyd Sandelman.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Isadore (Smiley) Bressel, of the home; her son, Jerold Bressel, Overland Park, Kan.; sister, Rosie Lerner, Overland Park; four granddaughters, Jenna Bressel, Chicago, Ashlee Bressel, Lenexa, Kan., and her twin sister Brooke Bressel, Chicago, and Ali Stark, Chandler, Ariz; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to her neighbor, Hal Koffman, and her caregiver, Shirley Moore.

Bubby’s special gift to her family was her unconditional love and immeasurable time spent devoted to them. She was loved and will be missed by all.

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

Condolences can be made at www.louismemorial.com.

Louis S. Rogers, 98, of Raymore, Mo., passed away Saturday, April 9, at Foxwood Springs.

A graveside service was held Monday, April 11, at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Ararat Shrine Temple.

Mr. Rogers was a 1935 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He was a sales associate for Sunray Lighting Co., Kansas City, Mo., from 1963-1969. Mr. Rogers was then an electrical engineer for Sunshine Lighting Co., Kansas City, Mo., until he retired at age 89.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Abraham and Ethel Rogers.

Mr. Rogers was a former member of Congregation Beth Shalom, and was a member of Heroine Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies, Ararat Shrine and was a VIP of Ararat, Lake Lotawana Shrine Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 20 years, Jean Gaines Rogers, in 1957; brother, Martin Rogers; and sisters, Goldie Siegelbaum, Muriel Rose, Jean Brockman and Sarah Pittel.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vera Lee Tyler Rogers, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Barbara Rogers, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Rodney and Susan Rogers, New York, N.Y.; daughter, Benita Margolis, Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Rogers loved to work and lived to work. He was a generous and kind man. Mr. Rogers loved his family and was a true gentleman who will be greatly missed. He was a true loving husband and friend.

Online guest book at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

Mirah L. Rostov, 88, passed away on Friday, April 8, at her home at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 10, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Mirah had a ready smile, gracious and caring manner and love of people. She was passionate about her family and faith, as well as her many friends, and was pleased to serve on the board of  Congregation  Beth Shalom,  where she was co-founder of the Chesed Committee, which provided volunteer companions for ill congregants and others in need. Mirah was a loving mother and wife.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Rose Lieber; her first husband of 14 years, Bernard Belzer; her brother, Balfour Lieber; and by Stanley Rostov, her husband of 40 years.

She is survived by her children, Irv (Sue) Belzer, Judy (Mark) Belzer-Weitzman and Will Rostov; and her grandchildren, Michael and Jeremy Belzer. Mirah is also survived by her brother, Herb (Suzanne) Lieber and her in-laws, Gene (Barb) Rostov, Alice Bordy and Fay Belzer; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would appreciate contributions to Congregation Beth Shalom, 14200 Lamar, Overland Park, KS 66223, or Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209. The family acknowledges and thanks Village Shalom and Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care for the caring and nurturing environment they provided.

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

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

Irving C. Rubin, 89, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 13, at Kansas City Hospice House.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Friday, April 15) at The Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Avenue. Burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of one’s choice.

Mr. Rubin was a graduate of Brown University, Providence, R.I., where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, was a James Manning Scholar, John Hay Scholar and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving as a trainer during World War II. He married Anna Lee Strauss in a military wedding at the Oakwood Country Club in 1945.

Mr. Rubin began his distinguished career with Assured Realty Corporation as a salesman, 1946-1949, and vice president, 1949-1960, and as president, 1960-1963. He was then president of Irving C. Rubin & Associates, Inc. (successor to Assured Realty Corp.), 1964-1986, and then was managing partner of Irving C. Rubin Associates (affiliated with the Yarco Companies as management consultant), 1987-1990.

Mr. Rubin was a member of the City Planning Commission of Kansas City, Mo., 1960-1965; licensed real estate broker in Missouri and Kansas since 1949; member and former director of Metropolitan Kansas City Board of Realtors; member of Johnson County Board of Realtors; former member of American Society of Appraisers; holder of Certified Property Manager designation as awarded by Institute of Real Estate Management; past president of Kansas City Chapter of Institute of Real Estate Management; former chairman of City Central Executive Committee of American Legion Posts of Kansas City, Mo.; former member of American Legion Trust Association; member of board of directors of American Bank, 1960-1987; member of board of directors and audit committee of Ameribanc, Inc., 1987-1992; former member of board of directors of Oakwood Country Club, where he was also a member; past president of Shalom Plaza, Inc.; former member of Board of Directors of Shalom Geriatric Center; and was a former member of the board of trustees at Menorah Medical Center. He was a member of The New Reform Temple; a member of Ducks Unlimited and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. Mr. Rubin was also a member of the Darwin Institute in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob S. and Esther (Ostroff) Rubin and his sister, Edith Davis.

Mr. Rubin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anna Lee Rubin, of the home; son, Charles E. Rubin, Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Linda T. Watson, Mission Hills, Kan.; brother-in-law, Nathan Dondis, New Bedford, Mass.; grandchildren, Michael Watson, Fairway, Kan., and his fiancée, Beth Lindquist, Meg Carr and husband Adam, Minneapolis, Matthew Rubin, Denver, Joanne Edwards and husband Brandon, Overland Park; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Edwards, Overland Park.

Online guest book at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

Morris “Mace” Jabenis, 81, died Saturday, March 26, at his home in Omaha, Neb.

A graveside service was held on Monday, March 28, at Beth El Cemetery in Omaha. Memorial contributions can be made to Beth El Synagogue, or Paws for Friendship, P.O. Box 341378, Tampa, FL, 33694.

Mr. Jabenis was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Eli and Pearl Jabenis; nephews, Ben and Martin Jabenis; and son-in-law, Larry Hasslinger.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elaine; children, Jon Lance and Dacia Jabenis and M’Lee Hasslinger; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Frey, Jessica Hasslinger, Aliyah Jabenis and Grant Jabenis; great grandchild, Liat Frey; brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Sandra Jabenis; and beloved dog, Sammy.

Arr: Jewish Funeral Home, Omaha.

Charles “Chuck” Johnson-Pickett, 64, of Stilwell, Kan,, passed away Friday, April 1, at his home.
Graveside services were held Monday, April 4, at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chuck spent his career in the U.S. Army where he was a helicopter test pilot, served in the Vietnam Conflict where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and retired in 1989 as a chief warrant officer after serving his country for 21 years.

He then went to work for the BNSF Railroad, where he worked for 12 years as a conductor and engineer before retiring in 2010.

Chuck received his Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management and was a proud member of the United Transportation Union.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Breedlove Pickett and a son, Gordon Charles Pickett.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 29 years, Janie Johnson-Pickett; son, Staff Sgt. Karl Johnson-Pickett, Emporia, Kan.; daughters and son-in-law, Michelle Pickett Matheson and her husband, Mick Matheson, Monroe, Wash.; Hannah Johnson-Pickett, Manhattan, Kan.; mother: Xenia Skaggs, Vancouver, Wash.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Pat Pickett, Vancouver, and Steve and Sondra Pickett, Camus, Wash.; and three granddaughters, McKenna, Marissa and Matilda Matheson.

Chuck was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all.

Online guestbook at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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