Obituaries week of May 27, 2015

Erwin Alpern, died May 20, 2015 at age 96 in St. Louis, Mo. Formerly of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Adell Hardin Alpern since 1949, and is lovingly remembered by his daughter Darien (Stephen) Arnstein in St. Louis and his two grandsons, Jonathan and Benjamin Arnstein in New York City.  Erwin’s two siblings, Shirley Lebow Hellman and A. Melvin Alpern, predeceased him.  Erwin and Adell moved to St. Louis in 2007 to be closer to family, but they always remained connected to their Oklahoma City roots. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1940 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1946.  He entered the United States Army in June, 1942 and served until 1946 in the Army Finance and Army Air Corps when he was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He was recalled to service in 1950 during the Korean War and served as an instructor in the Army Finance department until discharged in 1952. He practiced law and then became of counsel with the Oklahoma City firm Spradling, Alpern, Friot and Gum through 2005. Contributions to Emanuel Synagogue Endowment Fund, 900 N.W. 47th Street, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73118, National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section or the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.

Joseph M. Goldman, died May 22, 2015. Born September 9, 2001;Beloved son of Louis and Rebecca Goldman; dear twin brother of the late Samuel “Sammy” B. Goldman and Max Goldman; dear grandson of Lester and the late Judy Goldman, Dr. Alan Morris, and the late Sara Ann Morris; dear nephew of Dr. Kenneth (Dr. Sally) Goldman, Hazzan Sharon (Michael) Nathanson, Kari (Patrick) Vincent and Stefanie (Jay) Litteken; dear cousin, great-nephew and friend. Contributions to Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, 2200 Westport Plaza Dr # 2, St. Louis, MO 63146, the United Leukodystrophy Foundation, 224 North Second Street, Suite 2, DeKalb, Ill. 60115 or to the charity of your choice. Berger Memorial

Malcolm Bernard Kessler, died May 17, 2015. Born Oct. 9, 1920, son of the late Ben and Sarah Kessler; preceded in death by wife Irma Marx Kessler and wife Ida Radinsky Schneider Kessler; brother of the late Mervin (the late Hortense) Kessler and the late Hanford Kessler. Survivors include daughters Linda (Craig) Salvay and Susan (Peter) Walker; grandchildren Rachel Salvay, Sarah (Bob) Gallardo, Isaac Walker and Eva Walker; great-grandchildren Nicholas Gallardo and Jacob Gallardo; nieces, nephews and cousins. Contributions to Wings of Hope (, Partnership Ethiopia (, or the charity of your choice. Rindskopf-Roth

Harold M. Klamen, died May 20, 2015; Beloved husband of the late Helen L. Klamen and the late Joan E. Klamen; dear father and father-in-law of Kelly (Suzanne) Klamen, the late Kent Klamen, Amber (Kevin) Nunn, Robyn (Dr. Thomas) Lipsitz and Cindy Rondberg; dear Papa of Ryan, Chad and Jake Klamen, Joshua (Crystal) Nunn, Wendy (David) Berry, Julie and Jamie Lipsitz, Brook Feuling and Shannon (Christian) Hynes; dear Great-Papa of Mason Berry, Dylan, Savannah and Delilah Feuling, Cecelia Hynes, Burklee Nunn and Sullivan Hynes; dear brother and brother-in-law of Fern (the late Hyman) Rosenberg and the late Marvin (Mimi) Klamen;  our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Contributions to Alzheimer’s, 9370 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis,  Mo. 63132. Berger Memorial 


Sigmond Sterling Langsam, died May 20, 2015. Beloved husband of Esther Salzberg Langsam; dearest father of Barbara Langsam (Michael) Shuman and David (Jayne) Langsam; cherished grandfather of Amanda Shuman, Jessica Langsam and Rebecca Langsam; beloved brother of Perline Langsam; dear brother-in-law of Marjorie (Morris) Richman; son of the late Flora and David D. Langsam; our dear uncle, cousin and friend to many. Raised in Webster Groves, he was a star pitcher with Webster Groves High School’s varsity baseball team throughout high school. He signed with the Boston Braves after high school and played for the team’s farm clubs. He served in combat infantry during World War II, graduated Washington University’s Olin School of Business. He launched a successful career in the apparel business, and later founded Snelling Personnel Services on Brentwood. He was devoted to his family, was a lifelong baseball fan and champion of those in need. Contributions to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, NCJW-St. Louis, or charity of your choice. Berger Memorial

Ethel “Pat” Leve, died May 21, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Louis Leve; dear mother of Nancy (the late Stanley) Goldstein and Norman (Fran) Leve; loving grandmother of William (Suzanne) Goldstein, Jonathan (Susan) Goldstein, Elizabeth (Robert) Snidman, Clifford (Sharon) Leve and Courtney Leve; dear great-grandmother of Hannah, Leah, Nathan, Jacob, Abigail, David, Charlie, Jordan and Logan; beloved sister of the late Rose Lefton, Lillian (Emil) Manne and Dorothy (Harold) Saks; dear sister-in-law of the late Harry (Ann) Leve, Clara (Jack) Davis and Rubin (Beverly) Leve; our dear aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions in to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63146.  The family would like to thank Pat’s caregivers; Mary Ellis, Sophia Davis, Lisa Brown and Varvicka Robinson, for their kindness and compassion. Rindskopf-Roth

Gary Mozenter, died May 10, 2015 at age 80, in Paradise Valley, Az. Born August 30, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa., he is survived by his wife Sandra, sister Iris (the late Harvey) Katz, sister-in-law Edie Mozenter, and daughters Rachel (Sean Reid) and Abby andbeloved uncle of Randi Mozenter (Larry Friedman) of St. Louis and Richard (Tammy) Mozenter of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his parents Reuben and Rose Mozenter and brother Stanley.  Gary graduated in 1956 from Temple University where he majored in Business and lettered as catcher for the Temple Owls baseball team.  He joined the Philadelphia office of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1957-1959 and then returned to the firm and became a partner in 1968. During his distinguished career, Gary served as MCS Group Managing Partner for the Eastern Group, National Director-Marketing and Planning, Regional Managing Partner-Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice Chairman-Atlantic Region, Vice Chairman-Process Management, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Gary retired in 1994 after 37 years of service and moved with Sandra to Arizona in 1996.  He enjoyed attending Cardinals, Suns and Diamondbacks games with his family and friends. Gary will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Contributions to Kol Rinah Synagogue, Bais Abraham or Kids in the Middle.  Funeral services were held May 13, 2015 at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Phoenix.