In Memorial

Larry J. Wolfson

Date of Death: February 17th, 2021
5 Adar 5781


Larry J. Wolfson, 78, passed away suddenly on February 17, 2021; best friend and loving husband of Mellie (nee Roth) for 57 years; loving dad of Lainie (David) Rabinowitz and Bryna (Michael) Quandt; proud papa of Sydney, Lindsey, Jonathan and Matthew; dear uncle of Michael (Candy) Singer, Alan (Nancy) Singer, Sheryl (Barry) Cohen, David (Jennifer) Roth and Heidi (Stuart) Gold; cherished son of the late Oscar and the late Jean Block Wolfson; much loved son-in-law of the late Harry and the late Ida Roth; adored brother of the late Zira Singer and brother in law of the late Barry Roth. To know him was to love him. He made lifelong friendships with people he met through his travels. He loved reconnecting with old friends and was head of his high school reunion committee. For over 60 years you could find Larry hard at work at Block Steel Corporation, starting in the warehouse and eventually serving as President. When he wasn't at work you could find Larry in his backyard pool chair or on his ipad texting with his grandchildren; his wife, family and grandkids were his world. Due to the pandemic, services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Congregation Beth Shalom ( or to the charity of your choice.

Service Information

Service : Friday, February 19th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Private Service-Live Stream Access -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

Guest Book & Memories

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March 5th, 2021

Dear cousins, I was very sad to hear of the recent and sudden death of Larry Wolfson. I only happened upon the obituary because my sister Deb and I were talking and she said, "Whatever happened to Uncle Oscar?" Oscar Wolfson was the brother of our grandmother Lena Wolfson Gzesh. Our father Morry Gzesh (1919 - 2001) was her son. His sister Jeanette (Scheiny) Goldberg never had kids. There are 4 of us siblings - I'm a professor at the University of Chicago; also a lawyer of counsel to a Chicago firm. My brother David is a lawyer in Las Vegas. My sister Barbara Wilson is a nurse in Cincinnati. My sister Deborah is an actress and singer in Vienna, Austria. We were all born in the 1950s, so Larry and Zira were our older cousins. We all have kids who are grown but no grandchildren yet. I was doing research this week for a talk I am giving in a city-wide Yom HaShoah program about the Gzesh side of the family where there were a group of survivors of the Lodz ghetto who came to Chicago around 1948. That set us wondering about the Wolfson family of Riga, Latvia. I have a picture of Lena and Oscar's siblings from Riga because my grandfather (Lena's husband Max Gzesh) visited them in the late 1920s/ early 1930s. I'd be happy to send you a picture of the picture if you are interested. The last contact I remember having with your part of the family was that Uncle Oscar sent me and my husband Jonathan Rothstein a check when we got married in 1981, but they didn't come to the wedding. I'm sorry that Zira is gone, too.
Please feel free to get in touch with me at the above email. I hope you are all well and healthy!
Susan Gzesh

~Susan Gzesh
~second cousin, Chicago, Illinois

February 23rd, 2021

I did not know Larry personally. But through the high school reunion committee, I had communication with him and he was so nice and kind. He must have been a wonderful person. My condolences to his wife Melle and family. May his name and memory be a blessing. Peace, Donna Estess

~Donna Estess
~classmate Senn High School, Boca Raton

February 19th, 2021

We will never forget his smile, he had the world’s biggest smile. Joyce & I went to Senn high school together. He always sat behold Joyce since last names were W. Will miss him.

~Joyce & Marty Taxe
~Friend & School Mate, Northbrook ill

February 19th, 2021

I was so sorry to read about Larry in the Friday, February 19, Chicago Tribune.

I am certain the Larry would not remember me, but he, his sister Zira and I used to play together at Weinstein's resort in South Haven, MI when we were all much younger. His parents, Oscar and Jean and my parents Sam and Hannah Orlov would vacation at Weinstein's every summer at the same time.

While we have not been in contact for many, many years, I still think of those wonderful days and times, long gone.

Our sincerest condolences to Larry's family. It brought back many wonderful reminiscences.

Harvey Orlov

~Harvey Orlov
~Old acquaintance, Glenview

February 19th, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a great guy with a huge heart for family and friends. Blessings and comfort in this difficult time.
You’re all in our prayers.
Love Kathleen and Laura

~Kathleen Roth
~Sister-in-law, Pahrump, NV

February 19th, 2021

Larry will be missed. He brought smiles to the room and lifted people up when he entered. I’m sure in his after life he will be doing the same. He was a wonderful man & loved his family more than anything. Sending love to all of you at this time.
Much love,
Emily, Chase, & Ethan Johnson

~Emily, Chase, & Ethan Johnson
~, Lake Forest, IL

February 19th, 2021

I worked with Larry and the team at Block Steel in 2009-2010 Larry was always upbeat and had an optimistic view of all things. We shared many stories of family, children and life. Deepest sympathies to the family

~Jim Sharwarko
~Friend Colleague, DOWNERS GROVE

February 18th, 2021

You loss of Larry is a Big loss for you and a great loss for those of us that new him when he was in SisterBay at Al’s table
My sincere Condolences
Doug Van Vorous 🙏

~Doug Van Vorous
~Al’s Table, Sister Bay Wi

February 18th, 2021

A sweet natured guy, wonderful family man and friend.. Much too young to have left all those who loved and cared about him.. May you rest in peace.

~Jill Rubin
~grade and high school classmate, Black Mountain, NC 28711


Yahrzeit Dates For Larry J. Wolfson

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
5th of Adar II 57823/8/2022
5th of Adar 57832/26/2023
5th of Adar II 57843/15/2024
5th of Adar 57853/5/2025
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