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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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