Mary G. (nee Gendler) Zorensky

Mary G. (nee Gendler) Zorensky, died November 27, 2010; beloved widow of Louis I. Zorensky (developer of Crestwood Plaza, Northwest Plaza and the St. Louis Galleria; also an attorney); devoted mother of Doris J. Cheng (Peter), David F. Zorensky (Helen), Edward H. Zorensky (Nancy), Barbara Z. Wagman (Lee) and Irene Z. Fowle (the late Frank); loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 5 great-grandchildren. Born on November 11, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mary lived a full life devoted to her family, the St. Louis community and to Jewish and other philanthropic concerns here and worldwide. She served as past president of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis (1970-71) and past national chairman of the Women’s Division of the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) (1979-1981), an association of 200 Federations, welfare funds and community councils. She was also the chairman of the hosting committee of the 50th General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federation in St. Louis November 1981. Mary was also a member of the Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors, its Executive Committee and chairman of its Public Relations Committee. She served on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of the St. Louis Jewish Light as well as being a trustee of the newspaper. She was a member of the board of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal, the boards of Jewish Hospital, American Jewish Committee, St. Louis Convention and Tourist Board, Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden, National Hillel Commission, was an officer of the Elliot Society of Washington University and was involved with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In January 1973, Mary Zorensky was honored along with nine other women with the St. Louis Globe Democrat Women of Achievement Award for outstanding community service and personal achievement in the previous year. She was recognized in the area of human relations. In May, 1982, she received the Community Service Award from the American Jewish Committee, St. Louis Chapter. In November, 1990, she was given the Lifetime Award by the Women’s Division of CJF for her leadership and personal contributions to fellow Jews everywhere. Guided by the importance of volunteering and the significance of community involvement, she gave faithfully/unceasingly to others. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community for her caring, graciousness, and sweet nature. The family wants to express their utmost gratitude to Mary’s wonderful caregivers, Carolyn, Mary, Kelly, Emily and Villa, who gave their loving attention and devotion to her in her final months.

Contributions to BJC Hospice, Washington University in St. Louis, or the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Private family services were held Monday, November 29. Memorial service to follow at a later date. Berger Memorial