In Memorial

Sylvia Kavitt

Date of Death: June 21st, 2020
29 in Sivan 5780


Sylvia Kavitt (nee Gekler) age 99, loving wife of the late Meyer Kavitt, cherished mother of the Hon. Richard (Barbara) Kavitt and Barbara (Jim) Hyman. Adored grandmother of Dr. Robert Kavitt, Becky (Eddie) Silverman and Dan (Johanna) Hyman. Proud great-grandmother of Dylan and Zachary Silverman and Isaac and Asher Hyman. Devoted sister of the late Ann (the late Stephen) Ellinoy, the late Sari (the late Marshall) Leven, and the late Morrie (the late Jean) Gekler. Devoted sister-in-law to the late Dr. Henry (the late Margaret) Kavitt, the late Ann (the late Irving) Rosenblum, and the late Sarah (the late Sol) Slavin. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. To keep everyone safe and healthy the service and shiva will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah, the Ark, or Jewish United Fund. To leave condolences or for information including a link to view the service, Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847)255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:00 am
Service Location: Private Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

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June 26th, 2020

We are greatly saddened by Aunt Chickie’s passing and extend our condolences to Rick, Barb, and all the family. What a gift for all of us to be blessed with her presence for almost a century! Growing up Bruce and I lived far away on the West Coast and saw her, Uncle Meyer and our cousins only infrequently. However, when we did get together we made the most of our time. Aunt Chickie was always smiling and so welcoming to us, making us feel like we’d never been apart. We knew with certainty how much she loved and cherished us and how much we loved her. The same was true for Rachelle, Batya, and Ari, whom she considered close. As the last of the Gekler siblings, she leaves a family legacy that will last forever. What a family!

~Brian Ellinoy, Rachelle Lackman
~Nephew, Marina, California

June 23rd, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear of of your loss. Sandi: Chickie was the definition of a lovely lady. My first memory of Chickie was shortly after David and I got engaged. Meeting your future mother-in-law's friends can be nervewracking. But, not with Chickie. Chickie was so warm, welcoming, and kind, with a smile that could light up an entire room. I remember thinking to myself that Chickie was just wonderful. My first impression of Chickie was one that has lasted throughout the years. I'm sure that her memory will be a blessing for all those whose lives she touched. Dave: I remember Chickie as a warm, sweet person who always made me feel welcome in her home. Best, and most important of all, she was a wonderful friend to my Mom. Sending love to all of you.

~Sandi and Dave Marrinson
~friends, Minnetonka, MN

June 23rd, 2020

I’m truly sorry for your loss. Chickie was such a special part of our family for the better part of the last 95+ years. Her passing has brought back all of these memories of my grandmother, Evelyn. She and Chickie were best friends since they were 4 years old. They taught me the importance of strong friendship, which may be one of the reasons why my best friends today are from elementary school. Please know that I’m thinking of you.

~Steve Farsht
~Grandson of Chickie’s best friend, Evelyn, Chicago, IL

June 23rd, 2020

Our deepest condolences to your family. My father, Michael Koppe (of blessed memory), always spoke very highly and warmly of Cousin Chickie who helped welcome him to the US after the war. She was the last of a special generation. May her memory be for a blessing and bring you comfort.

With sympathy and love,

Sandy Koppe
Daughter of Reyna and Michael Koppe

~Sandy Koppe
~Cousin, Palo Alto, CA

June 23rd, 2020

Please accept our understanding and condolences.

~Rhonda and Gerry Shacter
~Friends, Buffalo Grove

June 22nd, 2020

Our Dear Beloved Aunt Chickie Kavitt devoted her life to creating love and happiness for her family and friends. She was the "Baby Sister" of our beloved mother (Ann Ellinoy). Aunt Chickie was enthusiastic, compassionate, kind, gracious, giving, charismatic, and courageous. Her voice was soft and emanated a unique high pitched engaging tone. She was born into a world of poverty and antisemitism and yet she maintained her love of Judaism and G-d throughout her life. She and her devoted beloved husband (Uncle Meyer) provided a loving Kosher home for their children (Richard & Barbara), grandchildren (Robert, Danny, & Becky) and great grandchildren. Her love and Uncle Meyer's love were unique and everlasting. Fond memories for all who were touched by Uncle Meyer & Aunt Chickie. Both were more than SPECIAL. Aunt Chickie will always be OUR SPECIAL AUNT CHICKIE.

~Bruce Ellinoy, Judith Clarke
~Nephew, Manhattan Beach

June 22nd, 2020

Sending our condolences to the family. I know you have such very special memories.
Eileen and Jerry Robbin

~Eileen Robbin
~Friend, Northbrook

June 22nd, 2020

Though time spent with Aunt Chickie was sparse and only as a child, or occasional greetings on the phone, her spirit of joy and positiveness created a special place in my memory. And a gift. Truly, the world was made better by the qualities she brought to it. Rick and Barb, I wish you deep peace, and may your mom’s love carry you gently, and her Light always shine brightly in your hearts.

~Sandi Gekler
~niece, Corvallis, OR

June 21st, 2020

So sorry to hear the news about our beloved Aunt Chickie. I will always maintain my vision of her kind heart, sweet soul, ever-ready smile and consistently positive disposition behind that loving, caring smile. She always made me feel genuinely loved. Barb, Rick and families—I hold you in my heart and send some of that love to you at this difficult time. Terrie G

~Terrie Gottstein
~niece, Anchorage, Alaska

June 21st, 2020




Yahrzeit Dates For Sylvia Kavitt

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
29th of Sivan 57816/9/2021
29th of Sivan 57826/28/2022
29th of Sivan 57836/18/2023
29th of Sivan 57847/5/2024
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