Lillian Zeidenstein

Lillian Zeidenstein (Elfman)

Tuesday, November 21st, 1922 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019
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Lillian Elfman Zeidenstein, daughter of the late Nathan and Tillie (Okun) Elfman, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the age of 96. Born and raised in Chicago, Lillian and her late husband Morrie resided in West Rogers Park on Birchwood aka “The Resort” for 60 years. It is where they raised Jay and Mara until Cystic Fibrosis took their young lives. Lillian retired from the Illinois Department of Unemployment after many years. Then, she worked for Northwestern Medical School through her eighties. Also, she was known for her fundraising efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lillian was an amazing person whose strength and magnetic personality was apparent when she threw herself a 95th birthday celebration and over 90 people celebrated with her. She made friends for life. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Morris, son Jay (14), daughter Mara (21) and brother Joseph (Joe). She is survived by her sister, Shirley Elfman Schlinger of New York, her nieces Dayle (Arthur), Bluma (Edward), Sari (Lorry), nephew Ken (Kathy), many grand nephews and grand nieces, 2 great grand nephews and the best friends and neighbors a person could have. Some of Lillian’s neighbors and co-workers became her life long friends and were there to comfort her until her last days. Lillian’s out-of-town family is so thankful for these friends and all of “TEAM Lil”. Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the charity of your choice. Graveside services Monday 11 AM at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery, Des Plaines Ave. (Gate #60) South of Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL. Arrangement by Mitzvah Memorial Funerals, 630-Mitzvah (630-648-9824) or
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  • Interment

    Monday, February 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Waldheim Cemetery-Des Plaines ave
    1400 Des Plaines Ave
    FOREST PARK, IL 60130
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Graveside Service

    Monday, February 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Waldheim Cemetery-Des Plaines ave
    1400 Des Plaines Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rabbi Doug Zelden
  • Shiva

    The Merion
    1611 Chicago Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    (847) 343-0506; Monday following the services from 1:00PM-3:00PM




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Pamela Marcus

Posted at 02:01am
In Loving Memory of Lillian Zeidenstein. I know how much love and care you placed into this charity when you lost your children, Mara at age 21 and Jay at age 14. You will truly be missed! Love, Pam Marcus.
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Luke Sundheim

Posted at 05:21pm
Lil was such a special person. Lil and my wife formed an instant bond through her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She was sharp as a tack and such a loving woman. 96 years is a long and wonderful life, but my heart breaks a little knowing that we lost such an amazing woman. I'll never forget her 95th birthday party and her quick witted humor and energy throughout the entire day. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.

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