In Memorial

Leonard Kipnis

Date of Death: October 28th, 2021
22 Cheshvan 5782


Photo By  : Leonard Kipnis, 92, passed away on October 28, 2021. "A warm welcome" were the words that began his dinner party toasts. "A warm goodbye" was what he insisted on as he realized the end was near. His final visits with friends and family were full of laughter and warmth because in his words, he was so "(F-bomb) lucky" to have had such an amazing life. On his desk were the framed words, "All things are possible"-the theme of his life, relationships, and career.

Len was genuinely interested in even the most casual of acquaintances and charmed everyone who crossed his path. His sense of humor was as boundless as his outside-the-box way of thinking. His takes on the world and people were always shrewd and hilarious. His memory was astonishingly sharp and only improved with age. He loved tennis, photography, cooking, taking classes at U of C, discussing books, movies, and politics. In his later years he wrote a memoir and treatise about the right to die with dignity. His quest for knowledge was an integral part of him.

His life mantra: when you love someone you show up. And did he ever. Here is an abbreviated list of those recipients:

His wife and love Phyllis, whom he credited with the success of their deeply connected marriage. She calls him her life force. He was Daddy/Hero/ Biggest Cheering Squad/Always Excited Picker Upper of phone calls from his daughters Laura (Jim) and Nancy (former spouse, Scott). He was a loving and involved stepfather to David (Karen) and Patricia (Art). And perhaps his most treasured title: "Zaide," to Lani (Steve), Sam, and Alex; and later to Ari, Noah, Sara, and Michael. He was their fun, their stuffed mushrooms chef, their career advisor, and inspiration.

His career path: a trailblazer. After years in retail, at age 68 he decided to become a financial advisor. He was hired by Morgan Stanley and approached at age 80 by UBS, where he finished his career. He worked full time through his 92nd year. Another important person to mention is his partner, Brian Kenney, who became like a son.

Len had a vast talent for joy and connectedness. For those lucky enough to have been loved and coveted by this man, the loss will be forever filled by his undying impact and those cherished goodbyes.

Memorial Service, Monday, November 8, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. For information including a link to view the service, shiva or to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Monday, November 8th at 1:30 pm
Service Location: Shalom Chapel Service -Shalom Memorial Funeral Home


Guest Book & Memories

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November 8th, 2021

Only Leonard would thoughtfully remember that I enjoy a martini with dinner. Having that in mind, and, since I was meeting him and Phyllis for dinner at a no alcohol service restaurant,
he did some mixology at their home and brought a martini to the restaurant for me!
Although it did not work out perfectly, can you believe Len's thoughtfulness? his creativity? his planning, and the outlandishness of his sweet effort?

~Helene Ellis
~loving friend, Evanston, Il.

November 5th, 2021

Len became our financial advisor in 2006, and since then we had always delighted in our regular review meetings. Since our portfolio thrived under his (and Brian's) guidance, we spent far more time at those meetings talking about life - family, food, politics - than about business. Our email exchanges were filled with humor; everything about him in the obit rings true to me. We will surely miss him! Deepest condolences to Phyllis, his daughters and the rest of his family. May his memory be a blessing.

~Ron Bauer
~Client, Chicago, IL

November 5th, 2021

We only knew Len and Phyllis for
10 years or less through our movie club and occasional dinners. He was always such a lovely person to be with, and his vast intelligence never ceased to amaze us. The viewpoints he added in our discussions were often astounding. Our deepest condolences to Phyllis and the rest of his family , a man who will be truly missed. Warmly, Susan and Alvin

~Susan/Alvin Schonfeld
~Friends, IL

October 31st, 2021

From the family of Leonard Kipnis Phyllis Kipnis

From the family of Leonard Kipnis

~Phyllis Kipnis
~Wife, Chicago, Illinois


Yahrzeit Dates For Leonard Kipnis

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
22nd of Heshvan 578311/16/2022
22nd of Heshvan 578411/6/2023
22nd of Heshvan 578511/23/2024
22nd of Heshvan 578611/13/2025
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