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Sophia Deutch Wien, 92, widow of Dr. Irving A. Wien, mother of Marcia (Alan) Weber, St. Louis, Mo., and Ellen Lloyd, Kansas City, Mo; grandmother of Jeri Weber (Hannes Meckel), Antwerp, Belgium, Ryan Weber, San Francisco, and Sunshine Patten, Kansas City, Mo; great-grandmother of Hannah Aiden and Lily Charlotte Meckel, Maya Elizabeth and Jada Kate Weber; sister and sister-in-law of the late Dr. Milton and the late Selma Dodge and Judith (Don) Stenzel, St. Louis; and daughter of the late Ben Dodge and the late Pauline (Galitsky) Dodge.

Contributions can be made to Life Skills, St. Louis, Mo. (www.lifeskills-stl.org); KKFI.org, a non-profit radio station; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Maurice “Maury” Daniels, 89, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Jan. 4.

Funeral services were to be held Thursday, Jan 6, at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home. Interment in Congregation Beth Torah section of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Mr. Daniels was born May 30, 1921, in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1940, spent two years at K-State studying Electrical Engineering, but left college in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Greenland as technical sergeant, returning in 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After returning from Greenland, Mr. Daniels became institutional representative of Troop 16, KAW Counsel. He was a member of Kansas City, Kan., Lions Club for 27 years, First Pilgrim Congregational Church of KCK and Scoutmaster of Troop 200 for five years at Kansas State School for the Blind.

Mr. Daniels was part co-owner of Daniels Cleaners until his retirement in 1978, at which time he started a home repair business, retiring in 1997.

He was a member of Congregation Beth Torah and the Jewish Community Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fannie and Robert Daniels; brother, Don Daniels; son, Rob Daniels; and grandson, Michael Daniels.

Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice Daniels; sons and daughters-in-law, Conrad (Janey), Lenexa, Kan., Trent (Laura), Overland Park, and Hadyn, Nashville. Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Daniels (Larry Tuckman), Vernon Hills, Ill.; grandchildren, Ms. Teddi Daniels (Gary), Gastonia, N.C., Adam Daniels, Overland Park, Heather Williams, Jarad Daniels (Kristine), McLean, Va., Alanna Daniels, Neal and Morgan Daniels; step-grandson, Dylan Tuckman, Vernon Hills; great-grandsons, Jacob, Joseph, Landon, Logan and Aidan; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Contributions may be given to Congregation Beth Torah or a charity of choice. Condolences made be made at www.mtmoriah-freeman.com.

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Sandi Garron, 57, of Northridge, Calif., passed away Monday, Dec. 27, at her home.

Memorial services were to be held today, Jan. 7, at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Sandi was born March 17, 1953, in Brookline, Mass., and grew up in Mattapan and Wollaston, Mass. The daughter of Kenneth and Lillian Blacker, she graduated in 1970 from North Quincy High School. and attended Boston State College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

On Nov. 12, 1972, Sandi married Barry Garron, former TV critic for The Kansas City Star. They moved to Kansas City the following August.

Multitalented and creative, she pursued several interests and worked at several occupations. At various times, she operated her own advertising and public relations agency, served as director of public relations and was an adjunct faculty member at Avila College and founded a service organization that provided recreation and companionship to senior adults.

Sandi ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for state senator from the 11th district of Kansas in 1996. She served on Overland Park’s Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Committee from 1997 to 1998.

She and her husband were founding members of Temple Shir Chadash and Temple Beth Torah. She also served as president of Temple Beth El (1987-1988) and was a member of the Jewish Community Center.

Sandi loved to travel, particularly on cruises, and was a voracious reader. She had an enormous amount of empathy for anyone suffering or in need, human or animal. Intuitive and free-spirited, she always tried to live each day to her fullest potential. She adored the beauty of nature, the genius of art and the spark of humanity she inevitably found in all people.

She was especially devoted to her husband and her daughter, Rachel, and relished her role as a mother.

The Garrons moved to California in December 1998. Sandi was certified by the state to serve as a nursing home administrator in 2003 and taught continuing education classes in that field. The following year, when Rachel became engaged to David Dain, Sandi felt as if she had been blessed with a son. Her greatest joy of all, though, was being grandmother and “buddy” to her two granddaughters: Sierra, 4, and Alisa, 3 months.

She was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her father, her husband, her daughter and son-in-law. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Mitch Blacker, of Kansas City, and her sister, Sharyn Papa, of Hull, Mass.

Online guestbook available at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=sandi-garron&pid=147487000&cid=full

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Helen S. Guckenheimer, 65 of Overland Park, Kan., died Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Funeral services were to be held Thursday, Jan. 6, at Congregation Beth Torah, with burial at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Guckenheimer Family Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 104, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Helen was born to Louis and Dora Fox on March 9, 1945, in Washington, D.C. Her parents and a daughter preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Guckenheimer; daughters, Debra Guckenheimer, and her partner, Noam Perry, of Brunswick, Maine, Julie and her husband, Ronen Kadosh, and grandchildren, Marcelle and Brody Kadosh, all of Overland Park; and her sister, Irene Goodman, of Overland Park.

Helen came to Kansas City as a young girl and graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. She met her husband in Houston while they were in college.

Helen was a member and chairwoman of the board of education and member of the board of directors of Kehilath Israel Synagogue, Hadassah and Women’s American ORT. She also was a member of Congregation Beth Torah, AIPAC, Toastmasters International, National Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, American Business Women’s Association and the International Society of Poets. Some of her poetry was published in the National Library of Poetry. She received four awards for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the International Society of Poets.

Helen gave generously of her time for family and community. When both her parents and her husband’s father all had a stroke in one year, she gave up her social life to care for them and a sick aunt. She became like a daughter to her husband’s parents and his aunt who didn’t have daughters.

She also played a key role in her husband’s business. She was the “woman behind the man.” Like her mother, Helen was a homemaker and family secretary and bookkeeper. When her mother needed help she was right there to help. Like her mother, her name was included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America when this honor was bestowed upon their husbands. To Helen, her greatest achievement was earning the respect of both sets of parents, who considered her a piece of gold. She leaves behind a legacy of quiet strengths and many loving memories.

Online guestbook at www.louismemorialchapel.com.  Arr: The Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211.

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Alvin H. Levine, 87, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, at the Atriums.

An immigrant from Poland as a child, Alvin was the long-time owner of Midwest Auto Parts in Kansas City, Kan. He and his late wife, June, were former members of Kehilath Israel Synagogue and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and lived at the Atriums, where they had many friends.

Alvin was also preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Levine, and parents, Joseph and Viola Levine. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Levine (and spouse Reed Fletcher), Kansas City, Mo., and Douglas and Drew Levine, Mission, Kan.; sister, Martha Kaplan, Overland Park; brother, Howard Levine (and wife Elvia), Henderson, Nev.; stepson, Steven Charno (and wife Melody), Port Angeles, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.

Online guestbook at www.louismemorialchapel.com. Arr: Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211.

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Rowena Miller Robinow, 79, Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Sioux City, Iowa, and Chisholm, Minn., died Friday, Jan. 14, after a long illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 17, at Congregation Beth Torah, followed by burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery, South.

Mrs. Robinow, the former Rowena Miller, was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Chisholm, the “Range,” as the iron mining area of northern Minnesota is known. She was the daughter of Roslyn Kaner Miller and Jake Miller. She attended Chisholm schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in social work. She married Alvin Robinow, of Sioux City, on Feb. 2, 1952, in Minneapolis. The couple established a well-respected and successful hardware store in 1958 in Sioux City. Mrs. Robinow opened one of the first kitchen specialty stores in the area in the 1970s. They operated the store until 1978. The couple moved to Overland Park after retirement to be closer to their daughter, Amy Robinow Franklin and her family. Mr. Robinow passed away on Dec. 25, 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Robinow Franklin, and her husband, Scott Franklin, of Overland Park, a daughter, Lisa Robinow, and her husband, Robert H. Chiang, of Ithaca, N.Y.; a brother, Irving L. Miller, and his wife, Diane Miller, of Rochester, Minn.; three granddaughters, Robyn “Yali” Franklin and Jill Franklin, of Overland Park and Molly Louise Chiang of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; one grandson, James Alan Chiang of Ithaca; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her favorite dog, Jingle Franklin.

Contributions can be made to Village Shalom, Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care or Congregation Beth Torah. Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Jay Richard Kamin, 74, of Leawood, Kan., passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, at Kansas City Hospice House, after courageously facing many challenges.

Jay was born in Kansas City and spent his entire life here. He was a point guard on the 1953 State Championship Basketball team for Shawnee Mission High School and went on to Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship. After serving in the Army Medical Corp, he spent his entire career as a manufacturer’s representative for premier lines of women’s apparel.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Evelyn Kamin. He is survived by his love of 40 years, Diane Kamin; his beloved son, Jason Kamin; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Jackie Kamin; and the lights of his life, his granddaughters, Keyli Kamin and Jaedyn Kamin.

Jay embraced life, was an avid sports fan, a lover of fine foods, Sinatra tunes and lasting friendships, and his unforgettable grin will be missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 7, at the Yukon Chapel at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family suggests contributions in Jay’s honor be made to Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209.

The family would like to express special thanks to Kelly Powell for her many kindnesses.

Online guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Alan I. Mittag, 54, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 10, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Contributions can be made to ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter, 6950 Squibb, #210, Mission, KS 66202.

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

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Philip Pell, 39, passed away Thursday Jan. 6, at his home in Eudora, Kan.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 9, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial following at B’nai Israel Cemetery in Eudora. The family suggests contributions to Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, c/o New Reform Temple, 7100 Main, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Philip was born on Dec. 13, 1971, in Lawrence, Kan., to Richard A. and Elizabeth Lynne Potter Pell. He graduated from Baldwin City High School in 1990 and was an Eagle Scout from BSA Troop #65. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science. Philip spent his career in information technology, a field that he loved; most recently as the Chief Information Security Officer for Butler Community College.

Philip married Marcie Dalquest in 1998 in Lawrence, and they welcomed their son, Nathan, into their family six years later.

Philip was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Pell, and grandparents, Elizabeth Pell and William and Olive Potter. Survivors include his wife, Marcie, and son, Nathan, of the home; mother, Elizabeth “Lynne” Pell, and her companion, Jay VanVelzen, Baldwin City, Kan.; brother and sister-in-law, Hunter and Teresa Pell, of Irving, Texas; grandfather, Luke Pell, of DeSoto, Kan; in-laws, Donald and Jo Ann Dalquest, of Lawrence, and Erica Spurling of Eudora; nephews, JT, Logan, Alex, Adam and Shawn; niece, Emily; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Phil also had a very supportive Facebook following.

Online guest book at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Sylvia Margolis Vincent, 91, of Overland Park, Kan., died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 7, at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 9, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Sheffield Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Odyssey Hospice Foundation.

Mrs. Vincent was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Alexander and Mary (Birenboim) Margolis and was a lifelong area resident.
She attended Kansas City schools and worked as a secretary in local businesses and, later, in the medical offices of Dr. Jack C. Vincent, her husband of 36 years.

Mrs. Vincent was a current member of Congregation Kol Ami, and a former member of Kehilath Israel Synagogue.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Bernard A. and Jack Margolis; and a sister, Bertha Cortez.

Mrs. Vincent is survived by her son, Lawrence M. Vincent, and his wife, Sharon Tyers, Manchester, Mass.; her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Robert Sokol, Overland Park; a sister, Jeanette Soble, Overland Park; grandchildren, Jordan Beth Vincent and her husband, Paul Xerri, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Caitlin C. Vincent, Baltimore; and a great-granddaughter: Alice Catherine Xerri.

Mrs. Vincent’s focus was her family and community. She was selflessly dedicated and devoted to her family. She loved to paint and play the piano.
Sylvia will be long remembered for her laugh and great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to Grace Nichols for her care, loyalty and friendship.

Online guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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