Jerome “Jerry” Raskas

Jerome “Jerry” Raskas

We are deeply saddened to let you know that Jerome “Jerry” Raskas passed away on January 24, 2022 at the age of 88.

Beloved husband of 61 years to Nancy (Saks) Raskas. Dear father and father-in-law to David (fiancé, Carol Ann Goodman) Raskas, Evan (Avi) Goldfarb, and Lisa (Josh) Hofheimer. Loving grandfather to Jessica and Jaclyn Raskas, Edan and Leor Goldfarb, and Jake and Tommy Hofheimer. Devoted son of the late Abraham and Ethel Raskas. Beloved brother of the late Herbert (the late Cecile) (Betty Lou) Raskas, Shirley (the late Ray) (the late Norton) Lieber Kronemer, the late Sara (Marshall) Myers, and Nancy (the late Paul) (Howard Blonsky) Agronin. Dear uncle, cousin, advisor and friend of many.

Jerry was born on February 3, 1933. The eldest of five children from modest means, he learned the value of education and hard work at a young age, and worked his way through college and law school at Washington University. An all-around athlete and baseball fanatic, Jerry was a football player in high school and college and an avid handball player and cyclist throughout his adult life. When not working, he could be found joyfully watching the St. Louis Cardinals, or any other sports that happened to be on the television at the time.

Jerry had an exceptional legal career. He loved connecting with his clients and standing alongside them during some of the most difficult times in their personal and professional lives. Jerry also was a gifted educator – one of the true joys of his professional career was serving as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, a position he held for 36 years. Despite his busy practice, he always found time to give back to the community dedicating his many talents to the St. Louis Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation, including serving as the President of the JCC.

Funeral service Tuesday, January 25, 10:00AM at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road with interment to follow at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, 9125 Ladue Road. Vaccination and mask required for in-person attendance. Service also available via livestream. Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 or to the charity of your choice. For more information, please visit