Levy Funeral Directors

4539 Bissonnet, Bellaire, TX


Lisa Beth Levine

November 22, 1970July 31, 2019

On Wednesday, July 31st, our beloved Lisa Beth Levine passed away peacefully after a brief, but brave battle with cancer. Lisa is survived by her soul mate and loving husband, Martin Kastenbaum. She is also survived by her devoted brother Mark J. Levine and his wife Allison, and their 3 children whom she adored, and loved unconditionally, Sarah, Rachel and Ari. Lisa is also survived by countless friends and colleagues, whom she inspired with her kind heart and caring way. Lisa is predeceased by her parents Alvin and Andrea Levine.

Lisa was born on November 22, 1970, in McAllen, Texas. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Psychology and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Following her graduation, Lisa worked overseeing students at large dorms at Washington University and The University of Chicago. She spent her time dedicated to student mental health and well-being. Lisa dedicated her career to helping others, eventually becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2005, Lisa moved to Houston to be closer to Mark and his family. Upon arriving in Houston, she quickly met her “beshert,” Martin, and they were engaged just five months later.

Lisa spent the majority of her career with The Houston Area Women’s Center devoted to the passionate support and protection of the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Lisa was known for her contagious smile and making every one she met feel special. She had a huge heart and was always looking out for the underdog. She spent her entire life trying to cure the injustices in the world and devoted to taking care of those in need. Her undying work in social justice left an indelible mark on many lives. Lisa was a true champion and advocate for people to live their lives to their best potential and free from oppression.

This world will be diminished by her passing, but we will remember her for the beautiful, vivacious, strong woman that she was. We know she is smiling down on us always with that beautiful smile.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance https://www.charities.org/charities/ovarian-cancer-research-alliance-ocra or the Houston Area Women’s Center https://hawc.org/ .


  • Cemetery Chapel Service Friday, August 2, 2019


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Toby Myers

August 3, 2019

Lisa was a lovely, hard-working, dedicated competent young woman who , when she was at Jewish Family Service, was the staff liaison to the Shalom Bayit program when we first met. She went to Houston Area Women's Center and I had continued contact with her through Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. It was a pleasure to know and work with her. My only regret is that I did not know her better. Her memory is for blessing.

Maurie Haas

August 2, 2019

Paul and Maurie send their condolences to all who loved, respected, and were inspired by Lisa Levine. We watched Lisa grow up in McAllen, Texas . Her sweetness, bright-eyed enthusiasm, wry sense of humor, and sharp mind stand out in our memories. We were thrilled when she became Martin’s wife and moved to Houston to be close to her brother and his family. We know her loss will be felt by many people. She was so special.

Elise Fleming

August 2, 2019

Lisa was my social work supervisor for my internship at HAWC. She was compassionate, kind, empathetic, and knowledgable. She helped me to focus my career path and better myself and I am truly grateful for her. She was the mentor I needed during a defining time in my life. Thinking of her family, my sincerest condolences.

Amy Smith

August 1, 2019

I am just heartbroken. Lisa was an amazing advocate for victims, a mentor to so many, and just an all around wonderful woman. I will miss her calm and serene presence at all of our meetings.

Dina Garcia Foster

August 1, 2019

Lisa, you’re smile would change everyone’s day. You are, what people should aspire to. You will be missed!

Emily Muñoz

July 31, 2019


I am unable to imagine a world without your spirit. Every memory I have of you is one of you and your brilliant smile. Rest well.

Olivia R

July 31, 2019

Lisa, you will be missed. You were a warrior of change and a light to all who knew you. It was a pleasure to know you, work with you and be in this movement with you. You were a change agent. Your wit, smile and passion will always be cherished.

Stephanie Caraway

July 31, 2019

I didn’t know Lisa very well, but the few times I spent with her she was one of the kindest and most gracious humans with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to interact. I know she was an advocate for peace and love and supported women and children with her every breath. She will be dearly missed in this community.

Minna Montalvo

July 31, 2019

You will be greatly missed Lisa. The McHi Class of ‘89 has lost a great warrior.

Deanna Neuberg

July 31, 2019

My sincerest condolences to her family. I remember Lisa when she was a little girl in McAllen.