Aryeh Kitzes

Aryeh Kitzes

Tuesday, November 10th, 1942 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Aryeh Kitzes, aged 77, beloved husband of Ludmila “Lusha”, nee Bobula; cherished father of Adam (Daphne) Kitzes, Aviva Bollinger, Michael Demczuk, and Catherine (Alex) Theis, loving grandfather of Carter, Elise, Ellie, Ivy, Tabitha and Maibelyn, and treasured friend to many, passed away on Saturday, May 16th or the 22nd of Iyar.

Aryeh led a long and fruitful life, starting in New York City before moving to Israel and ultimately settling in Evanston IL. Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, working, and surrounding himself with family and friends. After learning to play the piano at a young age, he was privileged to spend the later years of his life playing chamber music with other talented musicians; some of whom he met through Sherwood Music Conservatory, the North Shore Music Club, and through other friends. Aryeh was a generous man, always looking for opportunities to support others, no matter how well he knew them. One of his fondest contributions was by bringing together his love of music with his philanthropic attributes by playing piano at a local Evanston soup kitchen each month...for 10 years.

Private graveside services are necessary, however, family and friends are welcome and encouraged to participate online by linking to Aryeh’s webpage at live on Monday May 18th at 4pm, or anytime thereafter. Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH (630-648-9824).

Donations may be made in Aryeh's memory to Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois at and their Capital Campaign.
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    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 4:00pm
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Remza Kalaba Theis

Posted at 07:15pm
Warm Hearted. Loving. Family man. Intelligent. Interesting. Progressive. Fighter. “Special”. May your soul travel the next journey in peace. With Love Remza and Rich

Dawn Baillie

Posted at 06:31pm
My gratitude to you for bringing such wonderful cousins to me into this world. May your memory bring them courage, comfort and strength, and always be for a blessing. Peace, peace, peace.

George Chapman

Posted at 06:17pm
Agnieszka and Jib Chapman
We enjoyed the times spent with Aryeh. He was a thoughtful man with a great sense of humor. We are glad we got to meet him and know he will be missed by his family and friends.
Our thoughts are with you.

David Passman

Posted at 05:25pm
Sorrow, that his intelligent and thoughtful voice is stilled. Sorrow, that his giving and generous heart beats no more. Sorrow, that there is silence where his music dwelt. Sorrow, my cousins, and abiding sympathy.

Roger Passman

Posted at 03:21pm
Aryeh was a fabulous uncle to my two kids. His kindness and generosity will not soon be forgotten by anyone who knew him. I am a better person for having known him for nearly the past 50 years. He was a little less than seven months older than I am which causes me to recall the clarity of the words of Jacques Derrida, "All death is premature." I am saddened by Aryeh's death, but I can remember his talents, his sense of humor, and his commitment to his Jewish roots. I could only hope to live a life as rich as his.

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