Ben Chemerow

Ben Ami Chemerow

Tuesday, March 9th, 1926 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Ben-Ami Chemerow, 93, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Kenosha WI, passed away on Monday, September 30th at Benderson Skilled Nursing in Sarasota, FL, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Racine, WI on March 9, 1926, he was the son of the late Harry and Leah (Zinder) Chemerow. He graduated from Bradford High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Ben served in the United States Army Air Corps from September, 1943, until he was honorably discharged in November, 1945.

On April 10, 1949, he married Elynor Pollay in Kenosha, WI. They lived in Kenosha for 60 years. More than 20 years ago they began to visit Sarasota, FL and have been residents of The Meadows in Sarasota for 10 years.

Ben owned and operated the Leader Store in Kenosha from 1952 until his retirement in 1995. His father, Harry Chemerow, founded the Leader Store in the 1920’s. Ben served on the boards of directors of the Kenosha Savings & Loan, Advantage Bank and M&I Bank. He was also active in the Downtown Kenosha Business Association.

Ben served as president of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha and was a member of its board of trustees. He was on the board of trustees of the Kenosha Jewish Welfare Fund and a member of the Western Kiwanis Club. He had a deep commitment to education as shown by his assistance in developing ALL - Adventures in Life Long Learning at UW - Parkside and his mentoring children in reading in both Kenosha and Sarasota grade schools. Ben also participated in other community programs, including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Kenosha, as well as volunteering on a regular basis at the Shalom Center Soup Kitchen. He was an avid tennis player, enjoyed traveling with Ellie and spending time with his family.

Ben is survived by his loving wife, Elynor Chemerow of Sarasota, FL; four children, David (Doreen) Chemerow of Boca Raton, FL, Sue (Tom Jones) Chemerow of Madison, WI, Betsy (Jeff) Lumbard of Lakeville, MN, Anne (Scott) Billak of Oakton, VA; six grandchildren, Scott and Derek (Kelley) Lumbard, Sarah and Alex Jones, and Chaz and Carly Billak, and one great-grandchild, Callen Lumbard. He is also survived by his sister, Judith (Charles) Picus, of Naples, FL.

Services will be held at Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, WI on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 pm. A visitation will be held on Sunday at the Temple from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be private at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shalom Center in Kenosha, WI or the Friendship Center in Sarasota, FL would be appreciated by the family.

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5111 60th St. 262 654 3533
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Beth Hillel Temple
    6050-8th Avenue
    Kenosha, WI 53410
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  • Service

    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, October 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Beth Hillel Temple
    6050-8th Avenue
    Kenosha, WI 53410
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    Rabbi Dena Feingold
  • Interment

    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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Barry Harris

Posted at 04:14pm
We will forever cherish the memories of time spent with Ben and Ellie over the past 40 years. Memories of fun times in Kenosha and sharing golden sunsets in Florida. Our sincere condolences to the family. The world has lost a perfect gentleman. Julie and Barry Harris.

Kathryn Young-Woods

Posted at 10:32am
I grew up going to the Leader Store with my parents and five brothers. Mr. Chemerow was a kind and wonderful man to my family. We shopped there all the time. I was saddened when he closed the doors. Never realized until reading this that he probably knew my parents while attending Bradford. They would have been the same class. My condolences to Mr. Chemerow's family. A great man has left this earth. Kathryn Young-Woods

Paula Williams

Posted at 09:58am
He and his wife, Elynor, made Kenosha a better place through their lifetime business, social and leadership activities . Thank you. It was a privilege to be touched by his circle of life. Paula Williams

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