Bernard Zeitmann

Bernard L. Zeitmann

Thursday, March 27th, 1930 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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Bernard L. Zeitmann, age 90, of Chicago, died of natural causes at home on July 19th, 2020. Born March 27th, 1930 to Harry and Bella (nee Pikelny) Zeitmann. After receiving his BS in 1951 from Northwestern University, Bernard served in the Navy as an instructor in military justice. His business career encompassed drug store operations with his family followed by investments in the petroleum industry and stock market. Bernard was a noted notaphilist, specializing in US currency. Bernard is survived by his cherished twin brother Noah, and nieces Selma (Caleb) Melamed and Marilyn (David) Zeller, nephew Shayel Siegel and nieces Leah (Martin) Goldman and Rochelle (Ephraim) Tatelbaum plus great-nephews and great-nieces. Preceded in death by his parents and sisters Anne (the late Meyer) Siegel and Vivian (the late Eugene) Clyman. Private family services will be held Tuesday, July 21st at 2 PM at Waldheim Cemetery, IOBA section, gate #53, Des Plaines Ave., South of Roosevelt Rd in Forest Park. Family and friends that can’t attend may view the funeral at Bernard’s webpage on live, or any time after the funeral. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Elara Caring would be appreciated. Info Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH 630-648-9824.
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Waldheim Cemetery-Des Plaines ave
    1400 Des Plaines Ave, 1400 Des Plaines Ave
    FOREST PARK, IL 60130
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Waldheim Cemetery-Des Plaines ave
    1400 Des Plaines Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
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Patti Ray

Posted at 05:05pm
I was introduced to the wonderful Zeitman "Uncles" about 15 years ago by their niece, Marilyn Zeller, mother of my former Hillel student, Alyssa Zeller Lifchitz. I actually usually saw them when I was shopping either at Jewel or Hungarian Kosher - and they always added such a special light to my day, whenever I encountered them. As a mother of twins, I was immediately drawn to them! But their special nature, so beautifully expressed by Marilyn, who did such honor to her Uncle Bernard with her words, is what drew everyone to them.

I consider it an honor to have become a small part of their world. And, they were always so interested in my Hillel work and my work, in general, on the campus or in my other communal activities. I love their questions, and how devoted they are to their Alma Mater, Northwestern. I already knew about their backgrounds, but Marilyn shone a light on areas of Bernard and Noah's lives that I was not familiar with.

I hope the family knows no further sorrow, and I look forward to when I will see Noah again, as we are shopping for kosher food!

Patti Ray

Brian Pikelny

Posted at 04:15pm
My heartfelt condolence to the entire Zeitmann family on the loss of Bernard. I have fond memories of Bernard and Noah when they visited our home and their attendance at my Bar Mitzvah and my sister’s Bat Mitzvah. My father Leon Pikelny was Always treated with kindness and generosity by the Zeitmann family. Especially from his cousin Bella Pikelny Zeitmann who helped my father get established here in Chicago as a new immigrant and survivor of the Holocaust.

May Bernard’s memory be forever blessed and May the Zeitmann family suffer no more sorrow.

Brian and Beth Pikelny

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