Helen Lanznar

18 August, 191628 June, 2020

Helen Lanznar, 103, passed away at home Sunday, June 28, 2020 after a long life caring for others as a social worker, mother, aunt and friend.

She was born in Chicago August 18, 1916, the daughter of Mollie Siegel and Harry Gurevitz, step-daughter of Sam Goldstein, and niece of Sarah Rifkin, and grew up speaking Yiddish at home. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign, she was a social worker, helping families adopt children, until her retirement in 1986.

She married Martin Lanznar (deceased) in 1953 and they raised their family in Clayton, MO. The loving mother of Howard (Gail) and David (Jenny), the adored Baba of grandsons Marcus (Erica) and Jonathan (Emily) and great grandsons Cooper and Oliver, the cherished aunt of Bill, Harvey, and Art Kaufman, Louise Kaufman-Yavitz and the Goldstein girls – Lainie, Joan, Bobbi and Patti and of many great nieces and nephews.

She loved attending symphony, opera, and musicals, singing, and travelling the world – and was spunky and folksy and knew her mind.

A private graveside service was held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity or performing arts organization of your choice.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Monday, 29 June , 2020


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Joseph Dickmann

28 June 2021

Dear Howard,

We still have fond memories of you, and I continue to pray for you and your mother in my frequent prayers for those I know who have died. We pray all is well with you.

Joe and Carolyn Dickmann

Mary Waters

29 June 2020

Iam one of Ms Helen's caregivers, I've enjoyed her,and she will be missed

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