Joan Abel

November 1, 1926July 30, 2011

Beloved wife of the late Leonard Abel and late Sigmund Barack; dear mother and mother-in-law of John (Elizabeth) Barack, Howard (Karin) Abel and James Abel; dear grandmother of Sydney Abel and Cory Barack; dear great-grandmother of Emerald Barack, Aaron Barack and Eva Barack; loving partner of Dr. Joseph S. Shuman; beloved lifelong friend of Rickey Feder; our dear cousin and friend. Memorial service Tuesday, August 2, 2:00 p.m., at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Rd. Visitation at 1:30 p.m. at Shaare Emeth. Memorial contributions preferred to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.



  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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August 5, 2011

Jim, I am so sorry to read this and learn that your mom has passed and would like to express my sympathy to you, your family and Dr. Shuman. I remember Joan being such a wonderful and loving mother. She always made me feel so welcomed whenever I stopped by to visit you. So many years have passed, about 14 of them, much too long. I will try to touch base with you.

Your Friend Always


Mary Decker

August 3, 2011

I knew Joan through Harvey and Babs Siegel in Florida. She called me to ask about my daughter Sarah who has had cancer many times. Always a concerned friend. My sympathy to the family and Joe. Mary Decker Rolla MO.

Patty Siegel

August 2, 2011

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of Joan's family for your recent loss. During her years with Joe she became a good friend to our whole family. We enjoyed visiting with her when she made her trips to Florida with Joe as well as seeing her at our family simchas, both in Florida and St. Louis. May her memory truly be a blessing to you all.
Al and Patty Siegel

Jo Pfeffer

August 2, 2011

Jim and family:
I'm so very sorry to read of Joan's passing. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.