OBITUARY

Esther Langsam

July 17, 1929February 19, 2021

Langsam, Esther Salzberg passed away on Friday, February 19, of complications of COVID. She was 91 years of age. Adoring and adored wife, for nearly 65 years, of the late Sigmond S. Langsam. Devoted mother of Barbara Langsam (Michael) Shuman and David Langsam. Loving grandmother of Amanda Shuman, Jessica Langsam, and Rebecca Langsam; dear sister of Marjorie (Morris) Richman; Beloved daughter of the late Elmer and Pearl Salzberg.

Esther was loved and admired by so many. She was brilliant, talented, determined, stylish and she had a keen interest in other individuals and in current events. Most of all, she was adored by her family members, who will miss her terribly.

A lifelong St. Louisan, Esther grew up in University City, in a household that prized family, education, and community involvement. She was a gifted pianist who played duets on KMOX radio programs during her teens. She graduated third in her class at University City High School, and was awarded an academic scholarship to Washington University. While matriculating in the school of business at Washington U., she met her future husband, Sigmond, a fellow business school student. They married in November 1950, and Esther received her B.S.B.A. in May 1951. While raising her son and daughter, Esther assisted her husband in his business, attended graduate school at Washington U., and worked as a substitute teacher at Clayton High School. In 1977, Esther and Sig opened Snelling Personnel Services, a franchise of an international personnel company. With Sig’s guidance and management, Esther developed the business, connecting prominent companies and professional firms with the ideal employees. She was honored with numerous awards for her achievements at Snelling Personnel. Her son David became CEO of their Snelling office in 1989, and Esther continued to be a key force in the business. For three decades, she rose before dawn to work out at Nutriformance. In 1984, Esther donated one of her kidneys to her daughter Barbara, giving her the gift of life for the second time. A private family service will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 11:30 AM. Please see below for live stream link.

In Esther’s memory, contributions are requested to: NCJW-STL, ncjwstl.org; the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, jfsstl.org, or the Crown Center, crowncenterstl.org.

Services

  • Private Funeral Service Available via Live Stream at 11:30 AM CST

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Dan Rademeyer

February 24, 2021

Esther was truly an extraordinary person. Friendliness and positivity radiated from her and she had the unique ability to make you feel special with true genuineness. I feel lucky to have known her.

Prayers and good thoughts for the Langsam family for I know she will be sorely missed.

Dan Rademeyer







Lana Yunker

February 24, 2021

Esther was my first cousin on my mother's side of the family. Besides having a terrific memory, an eye for great fashion, and an enduring work ethic Esther had that Salzberg spirit. It was that get up and go attitude as well as -that one for all and all for loving feeling--that kept the family united. Esther surely personified that Salzberg spirit, and she will be missed!

Lana Rainen Yunker

Pam Fisher

February 22, 2021

Dear Esther. She was a role model and a mentor even to those whom she didn’t know...teaching by example. God Bless her and her family
Pam Fisher PT

Michael Louie

February 22, 2021

I rember Esther Langsam when when ask me to go her house shes makes me her grandson shes kiss me shes hires me to work for her shes hires her custmers to for her

Michael Louie

February 22, 2021

I rember Esther Langsam shes ask me to come to her hoyse shes makes her grandson shes kiss me shes hires me to for her and her custmers works for her

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY