Zella Esrock

Zella Esrock, died March 26, 2012. Beloved wife of Elmer Esrock. Dear mother of Ellen (Edward McClennen) Esrock, Bernard (Jill) Esrock and Allen (Ellen Ginsburg) Esrock. Loving grandmother of Nathaniel McClennen, Lauren, Susan, Emma and Abby Esrock. Beloved sister of Charlotte Schachter, Ralph (Shirley) Grosberg and the late Elliott Grosberg and Kali Grosberg, our dear aunt, cousin and friend to many. Zella expressed her love of life in everything she did. Her love affair with food led her to write “Zella’s Place”, a cooking column in the “St. Louis Jewish Light,” which she wrote for 23-years. The column contained well-researched recipes, from French cuisine to everyday fare, that were embedded in whimsical, home spun bits of her family life, travels, and activities in St. Louis. Zella cared deeply about public service. She, her husband Elmer and partners started the first integrated restaurant in St. Louis–Park-N-Eat, whose opening ribbon was cut by the singer Lena Horne. She served as President of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood and was the first women on its Board of Directors. She devoted herself to other philanthropic activities, among them the Arthritis Foundation, where she was board member and Co-Chairperson of the annual Silver Ball, a well-known black tie event. Most of all, she loved her family deeply, especially her husband Elmer, whom she married in part because he was a wonderful dancer, and they never stopped dancing for 65 years. Funeral service Friday, March 30, 2:30 PM at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Road. Visitation for Mrs. Esrock 2:00 PM Friday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The West County Multiple Sclerosis Center of St. Louis, 1176 Town & Country Commons, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017. Rindskopf-Roth