Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


William Kagan

January 24, 1928September 11, 2020

William (Bill) Kagan, 92, passed away on September 11, 2020.

Bill was born in Kovno, Lithuania on January 24, 1928 to Shifra (Chesler) and Yaacov Kagan. Bill’s brother Reuven and his father did not survive the Holocaust. After the war, while searching for his mother and sister Paula (Leo) Silberman, he unexpectedly found them while walking on the street. They came to Cleveland in 1949.

Bill became an electrician and over time built a successful electrical contracting business. In 1957, Bill met and married his beloved wife of 63 years Leah (Schnittlinger) Kagan and together they had three children Debora (Ritchard) Lewis, Diane (Jesse) Frankel and Jerry (Ruth Mardell).

He enjoyed gardening, exercising and swimming at the JCC, following the stock market and anything chocolate. Bill took great pride in the accomplishments of his family. His grandchildren, Bradley and Jason Lewis, Dr. Rebecca (Ido) Romanov, Matthew Frankel and Emma and Abby Kagan will always remember the special time they spent with their gentle, kind and generous Papa Bill. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

His family is grateful to his caregivers for their dedication over the past years.

Donations in loving memory are suggested to Kol Israel Foundation, Jewish Family Service of Cleveland or Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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  • to Kol Israel Foundation, Jewish Family Service of Cleveland or Hospice of the Western Reserve.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, September 14, 2020



William Kagan

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Steph Helsley

September 14, 2020

Dear Aunt Leah and family

My deepest sympathies on your loss. May you be truly comforted in knowing you will see him again one day. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Yaron Friedman

September 14, 2020

I remember visiting Paul and Lea in Cleveland 34 years ago during my Bar Mitzva trip with my family.
The warmth and kindness were surrounding us and it was a great visit.
I also remember them coming over to Israel to visit the sites and the family.
A great loss.
I wish the family all the best.
May time soften the sorrow.

Betsy Gruttadaurio

September 13, 2020

Diane and Jesse,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .

Birgitta Stjernholm-Sullivan

September 13, 2020

Diane & family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
Birgitta Stjernholm Sullivan CHHS 1978


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