In Memory

Ileen Kurlander (Klein)

Ileen Kurlander (Klein)

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12/16/19 06:53 PM #1    

Edward Torchy Smith

Here is a link to her obituary:

Of course, her husband Jeff is a classmate of ours. 

12/16/19 07:00 PM #2    

Edward Torchy Smith

From:  Sarah (Sally) Kulber Blackman

Hi Torchy-- Don't know if you had this: We are saddened to share with you that Ileen Klein (nee Kurlander) has passed away. Beloved wife of Jeff. Loving mother of member Russ (Debbie) Klein and Scott (Tracy) Klein. Cherished grandmother of member Jordan, Julie and Ellie Klein, Tali and Maya Klein. Dear sister of the late Larry Kurlander and Elizabeth (Joel) Israel. Loving daugther of the late Norman Kurlander and the late Naomi Kurlander. Services will be held 10am Tuesday, December 17 at Temple Israel, 91 Springside Drive, Akron, OH 44333. Family will receive friends following services until 2pm on December 17 at Temple Israel. Family will also receive friends: 6:30-9:00pm Tuesday and 6:30-9:00pm Wednesday at the home of Jeff Klein at 554 Haskell Dr., Akron, OH 44333. 6:30-9:00pm Thursday at the home of Russ and Debbie Klein, 32750 Aspen Glen Dr., Solon, OH 44139. Friends who wish may contribute to the Ileen Klein Memorial Park Bench Fund. As a passionate lover of nature and the outdoors, she wanted to provide loved ones with a simple opportunity to connect with her memory in a meaningful way. Please use the following link to make a donation: Donations can also be made to Temple Israel in Ileen’s memory at https://www.templeisraelakron. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Klein family during this difficult time; may they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

12/18/19 12:08 PM #3    

Ken Kraus

So sorry to hear about Ileen's passing. I have fond memories of her when we were fellow classmates in Ann Arbor at Univ Michigan. She was usually upbeat and smiling. My deepest condolences to Jeff and the family.--Ken Kraus.

12/19/19 09:00 PM #4    

Edward Torchy Smith

From:  Richard Brezner

Hearing of the passing of Ilene Kurlander through Joani’s post clearly brings back the days of Sussex Elementary School to me as well. Vivid remembrances of Joani Borod, Naomi Widzer, Ilene, Cathy Ginsburg and so many others... those still with us and those sadly departed. I can think back to what a sweet and gentle soul Ilene was and will always remain in my memory. Much love and deepest condolences to Ilene’s family & friends.

( FROM: Richard Brezner )

12/20/19 09:08 AM #5    

Barbara Horovitz (Brown)

Saddened to learn of Ileen's passing. She was a nice friend to have in High School, and I liked learning she was a nature lover too. She and Jeff were lucky to find each other early in life and get many good years together...though not enough. Sincere condolences to Jeff and the family on this loss.

01/01/20 02:44 PM #6    

Ronna Burger

This sad news makes me wish I'd managed to keep up better with high-school friends. Ileen ("Kurly" as she signed my 1965 Gristmill) is still, in my mind's eye, the vibrant, smart, and fun 16 or 17-year old who shared such good times with me. She was especially happy, Jeff, with you at her side, and I hope all the memories of your lives together bring some comfort.

01/03/20 05:03 AM #7    

Joan Borod

Dear Ronna,  How/where are you?  I miss you.  Could you send me your email address?  Mine is  I live in Hoboken, N.J. and have worked at Queens College in Flushing and Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC for the past 35 years.  Best, Joani

Dear Jeff, I am so sorry about Ileen. She was such a wonderful person.  I miss you, too.  It was so good to sit at the same table with you and Ileen for dinner at the 50th Reunion.  In deep sympathy, Joani 

01/04/20 06:00 PM #8    

Barbara Rosenberg

Dear Friends,

I remember Ileen so well.  I always enjoyed being with her.  I am so sad that so many of our lovely and special classmates are gone.

I have sort of been a "lurker" on this list, but all of the comments I read here resonate so much.  

Like Ronna, I wish I had kept in touch better over the years and would love to reconnect.  I am at



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