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Bernard Fabian passed away on Monday, Nov. 22, at Sunrise of Leawood, where he lived.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 24, in the Yukon Chapel at Mount Carmel Cemetery, followed by burial. Memorial donations can be made to the Beth Shalom Lechem Fund, Village Shalom, Harvesters International or any charity of your choice.

Bernard was born in Zmigrod, Poland, on March 10, 1915, to Herman and Ida Fabian, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Davis, of Overland Park. The family moved to Chicago in 1928.

He was a tank radio operator in General Patton’s division in World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Bernard married Sylvia Waltzer in January 1960. She preceded him in death in August 2003.

He loved to read and even learned to play bridge in his 80s. Bernard was interested in knowing different languages and enjoyed learning and using all that he had studied.

Bernie was a sweet and funny man who loved his family and loved being with people.

He is survived by his niece, Sandi, and her husband, Ken Lerner, of Overland Park; nephew, Michael Davis, and his wife, Rhonda, of West Des Moines, Iowa; great-nieces and great-nephews, Lisa and Steve Siegel, and their children and granddaughter of Overland Park, Jordan and Kathryn Lerner and daughters of Mercer Island, Wash., Craig and Yael Lerner and daughters of Northridge, Calif., Marissa Davis of Orlando, Fla., and Gregory and Becky Davis of Des Moines, Iowa.

The family wishes to express our deepest thanks to Dr. Jonathan Jacobs for his devoted care and support, Laurie Krenke, his best friend, and her wonderful staff at Sunrise of Leawood who have provided love, hugs, smiles, patience and unstinting assistance for the last three-and-a-half years. We are grateful to Doris Gilgus for her loving assistance. We also wish to thank Dennis Seck of John Knox Village for making Bernie’s end of life care so comfortable for him and his family.

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

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Marlene Gasser, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21, with her loved ones by her side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial following at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Marlene was born April 28, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph and Elizabeth Rubin where she lived most of her life. She attended Paseo High School and went to Oklahoma University where she was a member of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. She began working at a law firm as a secretary and received her paralegal certificate while doing so. While working as a paralegal, Marlene earned her master’s degree in social work. Subsequently, she counseled many families in crisis over the next several years and recently retired from Comprehensive Mental Health Center.

Marlene was an avid reader and belonged to a book club for many years. She loved to play Mah Jongg and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Marlene is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Max Gasser; her children, Kevin and Lisa Gasser, Jonathan and Idala Gasser; and grandchildren, William, Riley, Austen and Heath.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth; brothers, Bernard and Charles Rubin; son, James Gasser; and grandson, Dakota.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kansas City Hospice for their comfort, guidance, support and care. The family request donations be made in Marlene’s honor to the Kansas City Hospice, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 or the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com. Arr. The Louis Memorial Chapel, (816) 361-5211.

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Devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, Irwin Jack Kotelov, 77, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Funeral Services were held on Monday, Nov. 22, at The Louis Memorial Chapel, with burial at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Irwin was born on Nov. 22, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Southeast High School and attended the University of Missouri, Columbia. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Irwin began a lifelong career in sales. The definitive "people person," he was an insurance agent for more than 45 years with Guardian Life Insurance. He received his Chartered Life Underwriter designation through the Society of Financial Services Professionals.

He was a member of Pi Alpha Lambda and Phi Sigma Delta fraternities, Native Sons of Kansas City, Boy Scouts of America, Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Friends of Don Roth, ROMEOs and the Society of Financial Services Professionals. He was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Kansas City.

Irwin is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sylvia H. Kotelov, Prairie Village; children, Nancy and Larry Carl, Pam and Ted Glickman, Overland Park, and Paul and Stacy Kotelov, Highland Park, Ill.; grandchildren, Steven, Anna and Sara Carl, Ari, Eli and Noah Kotelov and Sydney Glickman; sisters-in-law, Helen Brooks and Shirlee Horowitz; brothers-in-law, Herbert Brooks and Nathan Horowitz; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Sylvia Kotelov of Kansas City, Mo.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Menorah Medical Center and the Rehab unit and Kansas City Hospice House for all their support and care. The family requests donations in honor of Irwin be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145, or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences can be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Zeldene Seidenfeld Lipsman, 83, died on Monday, Nov. 15, in Lenexa, Kan., of natural causes.

Zeldene was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 17, 1927, to Israel and Bess Seidenfeld. She had a twin sister, Helene, and a younger brother, Philip. She attended North High School in Des Moines, and married Alfred Lipsman on Dec. 26, 1954.

Other than briefly residing in Kansas City in her early 20s, she lived in Des Moines until age 80. She was actively involved in raising her five children, from serving as the neighborhood cookie-baker when they were small, to volunteering as parent adviser for their youth groups as they got older. She spent most of her life actively involved with her synagogue, both as a volunteer on many projects and as an employee of the Hebrew school and then of the Des Moines Jewish Federation. She spent one memorable summer chaperoning teenagers from Kansas City and Des Moines on a trip to Israel.

Her favorite activities included cooking, reading, religious observance and family visits. Zeldene enjoyed the friendship of many wonderful women in Des Moines and shared an especially close bond with her cousin and best friend Rosie Koufer.

Zeldene was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Alfred; her brother, Philip; and her sons, Daniel Lipsman and Murray Lipsman. She is survived by her children, Sandra Lipsman, Frank Lipsman and Julie Jacobson; her sons and daughters-in-law, David Jacobson, Roger Cramer, Janet Mark and Linda Manning; her grandchildren, Jacob, Wynne, Jeremy, Danielle and Daniel; her sister, Helene Roberts; her brothers and sisters-in-law Carol Seidenfeld, Frances Lipsman, Milt and Gerri Lipsman, Florence Lipsman, Howard and Jeri Lipsman and John Meade; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Funeral services were held at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Anyone who wishes to honor Zeldene’s memory may do so by donating to Tifereth Israel Synagogue or the Heritage Center of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Delmar Gardens of Lenexa, Southern Care Hospice and Justin Cosner for their compassionate care of Zeldene.

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Hadassah Salz of the St. Louis, Mo., area, died Tuesday, Nov. 16.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Jeanette Salz. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Sanford Salz and Maureen O’Brien.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Nov. 18, at Chevra Kadisha Cemetery in University City, Mo. Memorial contributions are preferred to St. Louis Arc, Attn: Development, 1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO, 63132.

Arr: Berger Memorial Service.

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Fannie Spector, 91, of Shawnee, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Shawnee Gardens.

Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 3, at Sheffield Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Kansas Association for the Blind or Grace Hospice.

Mrs. Spector was born in Kiev, Russia, the daughter of Sam and Rebecca Winer. She came to the United States as a young child with her mother and infant sister and learned English on the ship coming over from Europe. Her brother was born in the United States.

She was an accomplished artist in ceramics and needlepoint. She was very talented with her hands.

Mrs. Spector was a loving mother who expected the most of her children.

She was a former member of Kehilath Israel Synagogue and was past president of the Marcella Roden Auxiliary.

Mrs. Spector was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 35 years, Gabriel Spector, in 1976; her brother, Harry Winer; and her sister, Minnie Friedman.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold and Trudy Spector, Overland Park, Marshall Spector, Shawnee, and Neil and Sandra Spector, Louisburg, Kan.; daughter, Karla Jones, Shawnee; grandchildren, Randy and Marie Spector, Mindy and Paul Hamann, Gail and Daniel Reif and Ronda and Marvin Fletcher; great-grandchildren, Lauren Spector, Griffin Hamann, Elliott Hamann and Evan Reif.

Guestbook available at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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David Edward Wolff, 65, of Prairie Village, died Sunday, Dec. 5, of complications from esophageal cancer.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Congregation Beth Torah, with burial at Mount Carmel.

David was a lifelong area resident. He was born in Kansas City, son of Joseph and Eleanor Wolff, and graduated from Southwest High School in l963. He was a teacher of American history, American government and anthropology at Shawnee Mission East High School from 1969 to 1976 and a guidance counselor there from 1976 to 2000. He was a Pep Club sponsor. He co-wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column called "Talk to Us" — a teenage advice column distributed by Universal Press Syndicate from 1989 to 1995.

In the 1970s he taught religious school at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah and was principal of the Sunday School at New Reform Temple.

After retiring as a counselor, David went back to his original love of teaching. He went to the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, where his beloved daughter went to school and where he could be close to her, and again taught American history and American government. He then took a break and, following his love of feeding people, became a cook at Irv’s, a deli. Next, David worked for several years for his dear cousin and closest friends, Rich and Lynn Klein.

In October 2004, David once again returned to teaching — this time at The University Academy at 68th & Holmes in Kansas City, Mo. He taught eighth grade American history. After finally retiring from teaching, he went to work at Jay Wolfe Honda. He drove people to work or home after they had dropped their car off to be repaired. He loved driving from one end of the city to the other, listening and talking to people.

David’s hobbies were reading about history, riding his bike and going to baseball games. David was a true baseball fan his whole life, rarely seen without his baseball cap and happy to sit in his season seats, rain or shine, usually with his daughter, Jessica, or one or more of his nieces and nephews.

David could not go anywhere in the city without meeting people he knew — either parents of former students or the students themselves. People always said that he was their favorite teacher or best counselor. He truly loved children and was always on the side that was best for them.

David was preceded in death by his father and mother. He was a devoted son. He was a beloved uncle of Charly, Sam, Asa, Isaac, WuQing and Sarah. He has had a profound effect on their lives.

David was truly a brother to his sisters-in-law, Miriam Hipsh (whom he was close friends with since he was 16), Harlene Hipsh Minkoff, Diane Wolff and Rhea Schwartz. David talked on the phone every week to his brothers, Larry, Portland, Ore., and Paul, Washington, D.C. Each call had a large portion devoted to discussing sports and trivia. He cherished his relationship with both of his brothers and always knew he and his family could count on them for their love, support and wisdom no matter what the situation was.

David leaves his wife of 23 years, Nancy, and his daughter, Jessica, who were the most precious people to him in the whole world and the joy of his entire life, as he was and always will be to them, and they will miss him every day of their lives. May his memory be a blessing.

The family suggests contributions to the David Wolff Fund of RBI (Return Baseball to the Inner City), c/o Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, 6301 Rockhill Road, #303, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Hortense Greenman Brozman, 87, a lifelong Kansas City resident, passed comfortably in her sleep on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Hortense was born on March 13, 1923, to Claire and Louis Greenman in Kansas City, Mo. She attended Westport High School, where she made a name for herself as an exceptional athlete. She received a record 12 athletic letters in her four years at Westport and was named Top Girl Athlete, graduating in 1940. Because of these accomplishments , she was honored by being asked to deliver the Invocation at her graduation ceremony.

She attended the University of Kansas City for one year and then went to the University of Texas in Austin, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. She returned to Kansas City and married Robert Brozman on Oct. 20, 1944.

She began playing tennis at the age of eight, winning many local titles. She went on to win many tournaments over the years including Girls Public Court City Champion and Missouri Valley Champion. As an adult, she started the Junior Tennis Program at Oakwood Country Club and was involved in many tennis programs and tournaments for children at the Plaza Courts. She once played an exhibition match with tennis pro Pancho Gonzales at Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas.

She was a golfer, winning the Club Champion title at Oakwood Country Club several times. She competed in 5-gaited and fine-harness classes at many horse shows, including the American Royal. She twice chaired the "Tennis Ball," a Cystic Fibrosis Gala and Tennis Tournament, a fundraising event at Crown Center. She was an American Royal Governor.

Active in the community, Hortense dedicated 40 years to Minute Circle Friendly House, a non-profit community center on the east side of Kansas City. As president, she was "frozen in office" when the building burned down, and she spearheaded the fundraising campaign to raise enough money to rebuild it better than ever. Today, that building is thriving as a Boys and Girls Club. She co-founded the first cooperative preschool in Kansas City.

Besides sports, Hortense loved traveling, cooking and entertaining, but most of all her family and friends, whom she cherished.

Hortense is survived by her four children, Barbara (and Bruce) Bailey of Tuscon, Ariz., Jack (and Fran) Brozman of Prairie Village, Nancy (and Steve) Daley of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ricki Brozman of Bucyrus, Kan.; her five grandchildren, Todd Brozman, Brian Daley, Michael Brozman, Hilary Daley and Danny Brozman; her cousin and lifelong best friend, Phyllis Brod and husband, Donald; and her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Mendelson Goldstein; her sister-in-law, Anne Brozman Feld; and her former husband Robert F. Brozman.

Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Louis Memorial Chapel. Contributions may be sent to Boys and Girls Club (formerly Minute Circle Friendly House) 2405 Elmwood Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64127.

A very special thanks to Lisa Jones Black, Altheia Leverette, her incredible caregivers, and the staff at Senior Care Homes.

Condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

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

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Albert Clayman, passed away on Monday, Nov. 20, at the age of 87, after going through a battle with cancer. He was at home with his family by his side.

Albert was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Kansas City, Mo., where he spent the majority of his life. In 1956, Albert opened Kay-Cee Enterprises with his family. He married his soulmate, Jackie, on May 26, 1976.

He was a member of Meadowbrook Country Club and Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. No matter where Albert lived, he had many friends. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling and golfing, in which he had two holes-in-one in one year. He had also aspired to be a sports announcer. In October 2000, Albert and Jackie sold the family business and fully retired in Palm Desert.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jackie, and his children, Wendy Mead, Dawn Wheat, Kim Clayman, Kristen Allen, and son-in-law, Jamie Mead. He has six grandchildren, Layne, Lyuba, Michelle, Allison, Kendall and Karstan, his sister, Rose Horowitz, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews. Lastly, his best friend and loyal companion, Pedee. Please send all donations to the Guardian Angels at KC Hospice, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.

We will celebrate his life on his 88th birthday, Dec. 14, 2010, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the family home, 13131 S. Summit St., Olathe, KS 66062, (913) 660-9098.

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Eda Litton, age 93 of St. Louis Park, Minn., passed away on Nov. 26.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 57 years, Murray Litton; daughter, Thelma Berris Dockman; and great-grandson, Max Berris.

She is survived by children, Stephen (Bonnie) Litton and Fern (Jim) Badzin; son-in-law, Robert Dockman; grandchildren, Marc (Julie) Berris, Jeremy (Micki) Litton, Jonathan (Kim) Litton, Lee Berris, Jennifer (Juan) Torres, Tracee (Josh) Lee, Brooke Badzin; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Noah Berris, Joey and Lizzie Litton, Cameron and Maya Litton, Gabriel Torres, and Max & Ben Lee.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 28, at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul.

Contributions should be sent to the Murray and Eda Litton Fund at Sholom Community Alliance, 3620 Phillips Pkwy, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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