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Reiz, Zelda Luke

Zelda Luke Reiz passed away on Sept. 27, 2017. Funeral services were held Oct. 1 at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Congregation Beth Shalom, 14200 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, KS 66223, or the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th St., Suite 101, Overland Park, KS 66211.


Zelda was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Sara and David Luke on April 20, 1922. She was the youngest of three children. Her brother was Yudell Luke (Laverne), the famous mathematician. Her sister was the legendary Ida Rose “Skipper” Feingold (Leo).

She and Skipper, known as “The Luke Sisters” were a song and dance team and performed in the local and regional night club scene in the 1930s up until World War II.

For many years through their 80s, they performed for various organizations

Zelda began her career as an elementary teacher at the McCoy School in Kansas City, Missouri. Later she taught in the Beth Shalom preschool which her sister “Skipper” founded.

At one point, our good friend Harris Winitz, a professor of Linguistics at UMKC, convinced Zelda to return to study to become a speech therapist. She accomplished this at a time when she and her husband had three growing boys. She taught in the Shawnee Mission School District for 25 years.

Zelda leaves her beloved husband of 70 years, Andrew Reiz, and three sons of Overland Park: David (Pam), Nathan (Nancy), Joel (Lana); and daughter Miriam (Bill), of Keturah, Israel. Nine grandchildren: Mirra Siegel (Shmuel), Baltimore, Maryland; Alissa Murray (Alyn), Junction City, Kansas; Rabbi Yudell Reiz (Leeba), San Diego, California; Shmueli Reiz (Simcha), Montreal, Canada; Gordon Reiz (Christina Pyle — fiancée), Westwood Hills, Kansas; Samuel Reiz (Mary Carlson, partner), Fort Collins, Colorado; Yahav Erez-Slott, Idan Erez-Slott, Heddi Erez-Slott, all of Keturah, Israel; 10 great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements by The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.