William F. (Bill) Rosenfeld

William F. (Bill) Rosenfeld

William F. (Bill) Rosenfeld, age 74, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, passed away March 4, 2019. He died peacefully at home held by his loved ones after a valiant fight with cancer. 

Bill was born in St. Louis, MO on July 14, 1944, and attended University City schools, graduating from high school in 1962. He graduated from Washington University in 1966 with a degree in Political Science and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He also served in the United States Army Reserves.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Isadore and Frances Rosenfeld of St. Louis. He is also survived by the family that he loved dearly, his best friend and beloved wife of 33 years, Jody Winger, daughter Tasya Rosenfeld Kelen (Robert Kelen), grandchildren, Eloise and Tessie Kelen, sister Jean Rosenfeld (Alan Hoffman) of Kirkwood, mother-in-law Eileen Winger, sisters-in-law Hidee Singer and Mimi Winger (Howie Shapiro). St. Louis, MO relatives include cousins Mariann Menges, Krissy Menges, Patti Harris (Chaim Fogel), Murray Darrish, Harlan Heller, Jimmy (Susie) Rosenfeld of Israel, and Chicago cousins Judy Mizrachi, Tina Hirsch, and Sheryl Weissman. Long-time and special friends include Ira Joe Kodner, Stanley Makovsky, and Jeffrey Raison, plus his dear dachshund Frankie. Bill’s great-grandfather Rabbi Zacharias Joseph Rosenfeld, served as rabbi of Sharis Sefard Synagogue in St. Louis after migrating with his family from present day Ukraine to the United States in 1891.

Bill devoted his entire working life to public service with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture, where he received many awards and recognition for his contributions before retiring. After moving from St. Louis, he maintained close ties with his St. Louis family and friends throughout his life, returning regularly to attend reunions and events sponsored by University City and Washington University.

Bill lived life with a beautiful open heart and enthusiasm for his many volunteer commitments through his synagogue and greater community. Bill made friends for life. He always placed others before himself and had a smile and kind word for everyone. All who knew him benefitted from his warmth, caring, and kindness. 

He will be deeply missed.

Funeral service was held on March 7 at Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka, MN. Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society/Prostate Cancer Research, Adath Jeshurun Chesed, Camp Odayin, Oakdale, MN, or donor’s favorite charity.