Ileane Mizes

Ileane Mizes, April 8, 2023

Ileane Mizes, daughter of the late David and Leona Yawitz, lived a long, beautiful and love-filled life of 92 years. She passed away peacefully on April 8 in Sarasota, FL.

Ileane was the devoted wife, for more than 60 years, of her late husband Harvey Mizes. She was the caring sister of the late Audrey Birenbaum. She was the adored aunt of Diane Breslow and Rob Birenbaum. She loved her children Barry Mizes (husband of Ellen Bern) Jim Mizes (husband of Robyn C. Mizes) and Marjorie Mizes and her grandchildren AJ Mizes (husband of Eric Egan), Laura Mizes Smith (wife of Chad Smith), Bennett Sher (husband of Lauren Sher) Adam Mizes (husband of Alecia Welscher), Ben Mizes and great grandchildren Creighton Smith, Isabel Sher and Henry Sher.

She had countless best friends as well. She loved everyone in her orbit dearly and was loved dearly in return. Her heart was bigger than the skies over Siesta Key, where she lived the past 8 years of her life.

Besides her family and friends, she loved her Monday night Watsonia Court canasta games with the girls, mahjong, the NCJW, theater, reading the newspaper, comedy clubs, art shows and trying new restaurants. She baked the world’s greatest brownies and shared them with everyone—including them in her college care packages for her kids and grandkids.

She was wonderfully smart and wonderfully wise, serving as mentor and life coach to everyone who knew her. She was a generous giver of whatever you needed to receive. She was witty and loved to laugh loudly. She was everyone’s champion and cheerleader, in your corner no matter what. She listened with her giant and generous heart and her advice was heartfelt and honest.

She will be missed forever. May her memory be a blessing.

The funeral service will held on April 16, 2023 at 10:30 am at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132. No visitation prior to the service. Private interment follows. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be made to National Council of Jewish Women or Tidewell Hospice. Please visit for Live Stream and other information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE