Sidney H. Guller

November 19, 1923October 3, 2020

Sidney Guller passed away peacefully at home October 3rd, 2020, surrounded by his family. He lived a rich and meaningful life, and he was a month shy of 97 years old. Sidney was devoted to his loving family, his company Essex Industries, his fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu, his school Washington University in St. Louis, and the various organizations and boards he served. However, the true love of his life was his wife Bobbi; everything rose and set with her. A bachelor and "fun uncle" until his early fifties, Sidney married Bobbi, and just by saying “I Do”, he was blessed with an immediate family of his own. Bobbi’s daughters Deni, Jody, Nanci, and Robyn were his girls and he was their Dad. Sidney was so incredibly proud of his family: his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sidney was dedicated to serving his community. Informed by his Jewish faith and values, he found great joy in helping others through organizations such as the Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Food Pantry, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and ALS Association, and his impact was felt deeply by many.

Sidney received a BA in Business Administration from Washington University School of Business. As an alum, he was a longtime supporter of the Olin Business School and its students. His legacy there will continue with the Bobbi and Sidney Guller classroom and the Guller Scholarships.

He was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, served as President of the national fraternity, and attended 70 national conventions, the most by any member. A perfect gift for Sidney was always a tie or sweater in “Sammy” colors, purple and white.

Sidney loved his Essex family as well. He and his brother Harold Guller built Essex Industries 73 years ago and he remained involved as the Chairman of the Board, continuing to come into the office until the COVID-19 shutdown in early 2020.

Sidney was admired by all who knew him for his honesty, humbleness, humor, and generosity. He lived a rich life, and his loss is felt profoundly.

Sidney is the beloved husband of the late Bobette “Bobbi” Guller; dear father and father-in-law of Deni Kronenberg (Joel), Jody Waldman (Mickey), Nanci Seigel Manson (Roy), and Robyn Levy-Marino (Mark Miller); dear grandfather of Evan Waldman (Kami), Todd Waldman (Diana), Corey Waldman (Rachel), Bryan Siegel, Erika Isard (Phillip), Jordan Santo, Emily Marino, Samantha Manson, and Jacqui Manson; dear great-grandfather of Landon Waldman, Parker Waldman, Sawyer Waldman, Logan Waldman, Grace Waldman, Teddy Waldman, and Jackson Waldman; dear brother of the late Harold Guller (the late Millie), the late Annita Suffian (the late Fred), the late Harvey Guller (Phyllis), Maurice (Rachel) Guller and the late Arthur (Lois) Guller; dear brother-in-law of Judi Elman (Bob) and Bette Fox (Richard Lyss); dear son of the late Louis and the late Fannie Guller; dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend to so many.

Sidney’s funeral service will take place on Tuesday, October 6th at 2 p.m CDT. Personal attendance is limited to protect the health and safety of others; however, the service will be Live Streamed for all who wish to join. Please visit at 2 p.m. CDT to view the service.

Memorial contributions preferred to The ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter; Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation’s Bobbi and Sidney Guller Leadership Development Fund; or the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.


  • Funeral Service via Live Stream

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020



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Katie Slane

October 13, 2020

It was a pleasure caring for Mr. Guller. He was a darling man and surrounded by a loving family.
- Katie Slane, NP

Toby Keane (Chorlins)

October 12, 2020

I write for Sydney, Arthur and Anita Guller Whom I knew as a child thru my Grandparents, Sam and Sylvia Hammerman. My mother was Ruth Hammerman Chorlins. My Grandparents were very close friends of the Gullers and in the early years of my life there was much interaction between our families. As a young girl, I thought Arthur and Sydney were so handsome, I’m 20 years Sydney’s junior, and I had crushes on every good looking man and movie star at that vulnerable age of 13. I just want to extend condolences for my family, many of whom are no longer with us and to tell you how sorry I am for this most recent loss. I do this especially With my grandparents in mind , whose friendship With your family meant So much to them. Health, Happiness and Peace to the Family.

With Respect,
Toby Chorlins Keane

Wendy Tischler

October 6, 2020

I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear of Sidney's passing. He was one of the kindest people I've ever known and he will be sorely missed. I think the only thing more special than Sidney himself was the tremendous love he had for all of you. I hope you are able to find comfort in his memory.

Eileen Guller Postle

October 6, 2020

I loved Sidney so much. We used to call him Harriet... I don't know where that name come from, but he laughed every time. I am so saddened by the loss of this great man. He will be very missed.

Rudi Schwenger

October 6, 2020

Sidney Guller was a kind, hardworking member of our Gravois Kiwanis Club for many, many years. He was a fun kind of man, a good friend to all his fellow members. I feel blessed to have known him. I am so glad that he lived the long live his father did.
Sidney will be missed by so many. Rest in peace my friend.
Rudi Schwenger.

Terry Safron

October 6, 2020

We are so very sorry for your huge loss. Mr. Guller was a very kind and generous man who was truly admired and loved by so many. My son was one of the many recipients of the Sigma Alpha Mu Guller Young Scholars and we had the pleasure of meeting Sidney and saw him several times after out and about with his family. His smile lit up the room when you spoke to him. May his memory be a blessing to all.
Our deepest sympathies.
Terry & Bruce Safron

Debbie Barash

October 5, 2020

Sidney was the BEST!!❤️

Amy Katz

October 5, 2020

Uncle Sid was such a kind and funny man. So grateful for him and for his love for my aunt and and cousins. <3

Howard & Anita Tischler

October 5, 2020

To know Sidney was to love him, and we certainly did.
He was smart, gentle, kind, humorous and unforgettable guy.
He will be missed by all.

Anita & Howard

Lois Adams

October 5, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great mentor and gentle, kind man. My heart felt condolences for the family through this time. He was always so kind and, to me, such a funny man. Always an inspiration, coming into work daily in his 90s! I looked forward to him showing up at work because EVERY day, while working at Essex, he would make me laugh. His smile was contagious and oh so appreciated. He will definitely be missed... such a force.