Louis Tekel

September 5, 1924April 28, 2021

Louis Tekel, 96, died on April 28th. Born in Spring Valley, NY. He graduated from NYU after a decorated service in the Army Air Corp. He flew 35 missions on a B-17, lower ball turret, in the Bloody Hundredth Squadron.

Predeceased by his wife of over 65 years, Yvette. Successful business owner. Proud family man. Active Board Member very involved in all parts of Jewish Communal life in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA, and Israel.

He is survived by his son Harvey (Jill), daughter Tova. He was a proud grandfather of 4, along with his 5 great grandchildren.


  • Hadassah of Livingston


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Burial

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Shiva

    Sunday, May 2, 2021


Louis Tekel

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Jack O'Leary

May 14, 2021

Lou's B-17 100th Bomb Group (H) Combat Crew at Thorpe Abbotts,UK , Eighth Air Force England, 1944

Marianne Terry

May 4, 2021

Dear Harvey and Erica,

My heartfelt condolences to and your entire family.

I had only met Louis twice but both times were memorable! How proud he was of the Esther Gitlow Towers and Yvette & Louis Senior Buildings. His legacy will continue on in the countless seniors helped by residing in the buildings.

Keeping you all in my thoughts during this sad time.


Marianne Terry

Elissa Gitlow

May 2, 2021

Dear Family,
You know how we feel about Uncle Lou and Aunt Vette. Words cannot express. We miss them very much and hold our memories dear. I’ll always remember them waking me up after my appendectomy. Of course they got into the recovery room to make sure I was ok. Of course they did. When we climbed on the tank in Israel with Ian, we told him the story about Uncle Lou climbing up with you a few years earlier. Ian also knows the story about Buddy taking Jessica and me for a walk in Haworth. So many holidays and simcha shared, so many memories to hold onto and share. We love you. Elissa, Jason, and Ian

Abe and Linda Schaffer

May 1, 2021

ToHarvey,Jill,Tovah and family, Lou was a brother and Yvette was a sister to us.They were a team.One complemented the other.Family came first and we looked upon the Tekels as our extended family.It was an honor, not taken lightly to be in their presence.Such a high bar they set!Lou always thought of others first, himself last.He had so many causes to fight for;Israel,senior housing,Jewish Home in Rockleigh,to name a few.Lou,small in size was Monumental in stature.A decorated war hero, yet,humble and proud.We were blessed to be able to attend so many wonderful occasions;birthdays,weddings,bar mitzvahs, etc.A highlight was the Torah Lou'BROUGHT'from Russia to the US,read by his grandson,Adam at his Bar Mitzvah and then the dedication ceremony at his temple in Bergenfield,NJ. Harvey,we thank you for setting up the FaceTime call during the virus pandemic.It enabled us to speak and see Lou.In a way, it helped us say goodbye. Tovah,we enjoyed the many meals we had with you and Lou at Greek To Me in Fort Lee,NJ. when you spent your weekends with Lou. Lou was a great Man,wonderful husband, parent,grandparent and great grandparent.He was a true and beloved friend,We will miss him.We will never forget him,We will always be in AWE of him. Linda and Abe Schaffer

Emilie Schwartz

May 1, 2021

Dear Jill and Harvey,

Our deepest condolences on your loss. We're sure you are grateful for all the time you had with him and for the memories that live on. You are in our thoughts ...

Emilie and Jordan Schwartz

Elyse Feingold

April 30, 2021

Dear Harvey, Jill and Tovah,What a beautiful tribute to your dad . Everybody spoke so beautifully and every word was pure Lou. I am so sad since he was the last link to my parents.Boy did they have a friendship that turned into family. I will treasure all the beautiful memories we all had together.The first words he said to after my father’s funeral were,”I want you to know I will always be here for you and if you need anything just ask.” That was classic Lou, always there for others. I am so lucky to have known him for 53 years. I know he is at peace now and together with your Mom. May his memory always be for a blessing and may all of you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories. Much Love,Elyse

Faye Pais

April 30, 2021

Dearest Harvey, Jill, Tova, Erica, Glenn, Adam, Sheryl, Zach, Zoe, Josh, Rachael, Alex,Hannah, and Dylan,
Your Dad and Zadie ( with Yvette) were important in my entire life, in all my family milestones and memories, to Shel and my children, with support and unwavering love, always.
They are a part of my love of everything Jewish, of the importance of family, of making me feel so treasured. They are both in my heart forever.
All my love and our sympathy, Faye and Shel, Lauren, Matthew, Dana, and Theo

Joseph Young

April 30, 2021

I have such fond memories of Lou and Yvette coming to visit south Florida when I was growing up. They were one of the only links I had to my grandfather (Paul) and I always enjoyed their stories about the family. I was saddened to hear of Lou’s passing and he and his family out in my family’s thoughts.

Joseph, Laura, Julianna, Lucy, and Charles Young

Meryl Goodman

April 30, 2021

Dear Jill and Harvey,

So sorry for your loss. May his
Memory be a blessing and May he
Rest In Peace.

Meryl and Stan Goodman

Nathan Cohen

April 29, 2021

Harvey, My deepest sympathy with the passing of Lou. Fondest memory of Lou of him taking a piece of chicken off the grill that I was cooking at your house many moons ago
. Funny what you remember. Nathan