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Jacob Mondschein

Jacob David (Jack/Kuba) Mondschein passed away on March 20, 2020. Jack was born on November 30, 1949 in a displaced persons' camp in Steyr, Austria to Anna and Chester Mondschein. In 1951, Jack and his parents emigrated to New York City and after a year settled in Kansas City, Missouri near Anna's twin sister and her family. In 2013, Jack and his wife Elaine relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland close to their children and grandchildren. Jack was the beloved husband of Elaine Burstein Mondschein (also a SWHS Class of '67 alum); devoted father of Andrew (Krista) Mondschein and Emily (Adil) Moiduddin; and cherished grandfather of Seth and Adam Moiduddin and Madeline and Francesca Mondschein. Jack's love for his family was the bedrock of his life and he held his friends dear. Jack will be remembered as a gentle person of intelligence, humor, kindness and integrity. The family suggests donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation or the charity of one's choice.

Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 24, 2020

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03/25/20 09:40 PM #1    

Larry Arlan

just a damned shame..really one of the most consistently even tempered people i ever knew...always friendly..not patronizing..just a real honest decent..respectably fine man.  havent seen him for many years..but i will always remember his friendship..i hope his family knows how much he will be missed...and remembered...

03/25/20 11:33 PM #2    

Debra (Dvora) Greenberg (Krevat)

It's like Larry said. He was such a nice man. Smart, sweet, smile on his face. Elaine, I'm sending "heart sounds" to you and your family for the loss of someone so special. I still remember when we saw one another right after my dad's passing, and I didn't realize that you two were married to one another. May you find comfort from your memories and from your friends and family. God bless. From Dvora Krevat (nee Debbie Greenberg)

03/26/20 07:30 AM #3    

Maggie Finkel (Gilmore)

I'm so sorry to have learned of Jack's passing.  I do remember how nice he was to everyone.  He always said "hi" first when he saw me.  My thoughts and prayers to his wife, children and grandchildren.

Maggie Finkel Gilmore

03/26/20 01:13 PM #4    

Roger Klein

Jack and I were good friends from 5th grade through high school and actually freshman year at UMKC.  Our kids went to elementary school together at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy and our daughters were good friends back in the '80s.  One of my best memories of Jack happened in December, 1997.  I was in the process of buying my first car from Ray Smith Ford on 82nd and Wornall so one night after study hours (required by AEPi at UMKC), I wanted to show him the car I was going to buy the following day.  So we got to the lot about 10:30 that night and were looking at the car when we heard a voice yell at us to step away from the car.  Two men, one with a rifle (shotgun?) pointed at us, told us to get inside the service department and then, after a few very anxious moments of my explaining why we were there, we all relaxed and were told there had been vandalism and that's the reason for the gun, etc.  I'm not sure which one of us had the most elevated blood pressure but we joked about that for years afterwards.  And yes, I did buy the car the next day and my dad had them lower the price based on that experience.  

Jack was a prince of a guy, a real mensch.  I'm sorry we lost touch over the last 25 years or so but that seems to happen way too often.  May he rest in peace and may the memory be a blessing for his family.

03/26/20 02:11 PM #5    

Cheryl Levine (Bordy)

Very sad to here of Jacob's passing!! Larry really hit the nail on the head when he wrote his thoughts. I remember him most when we were in Hebrew School together. He was a mild kind of guy and very smart. We spent a lot of time learning from one of our favorite hebrew school teachers, Mr. Alan Greenberg! May we all remember the good times when we so much younger and enjoyed each other and respected one another. Cheryl (Levine) Bordy!

03/26/20 02:31 PM #6    

Jean Donovitz (Bratt)

This is such sad news.  Jacob was such a funny, unassuming guy.  His dry sense of humor is something that always appealed to me.  He was the smartest guy in the class and, though pretty quiet, the easiest to talk to. The hilarious Elaine was his perfect match.  I have such fond memories of him.  It was always such a joy to run into them when they still lived here, though it didn't happen often enough. 

03/26/20 03:15 PM #7    

Larry Haith

A person, liked by everyone that knew him. Not a mean bone in his body.  A sad lose. 

My sincere condolence to the family

03/27/20 12:22 PM #8    

Darrel Gibson

Very sad to learn about Jack's passing this morning.  He was perhaps the kindest person I have ever known.  He reached out in friendship to this very immature gentile Jr. High kid when we were still at Bingham.  I regret that our paths never crossed much after that.  I was fascinated to hear about his early history, and how his family came to America.  I respect him even more now that I know this about him.  God Bless you Jack.

03/27/20 02:59 PM #9    

James Osborne

Knew Jack from back at Hartman..he was one our playground heros, he and his family had come thru' the hell that was Hitlers Europe and made it to KC. I remember a full head of very curly hair an easy, warm yet inquisitive smile.

Jack made friends and kept those friends for years from Hartman, Bingham thru' to SW. Jack will remain a part of my youthful memories, knowing him was easy. 



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