February 22, 2019
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement mourning the passing of Sheldon Chester, z’’l:
“On this erev Shabbat, the JCRC notes with profound sadness the passing of Sheldon Chester, z’’l. We extend our deepest condolences to Lili Chester, our JCRC board chair Marty Chester, Kari Chester Trueger, Ron Chester, sister Perci Chester, brother Jerry Chester, Sheldon’s grandchildren, and the entire family and circle of friends of Sheldon. There was nothing more important to Sheldon than his family. He was always greatly concerned about the welfare of his friends.
“Sheldon was an investor in every meaning of the word. It was his life’s work where he was revered for his knowledge, acumen and ethic in the Minnesota financial services world. For the community, he always believed in a strong kehillah that educated its children; provided social services; and supported the greater community. For the JCRC, he powerfully believed in the mission which meant investing his friendship, mentorship and unwavering support.
“This came to bear most fundamentally for the Transfer of Memory exhibit, which has educated tens of thousands of people in the upper Midwest about the Shoah. Sheldon and family provided the foundation for the exhibit for which Lili Chester wrote the beautiful vignettes and photographer David Sherman provided the idea and life-affirming portraits. Transfer of Memory is an enduring and continuing legacy of the courage of our precious survivors, in which Sheldon and family poignantly believed and gifted to our community. May his memory be for a blessing.”
Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2019
Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
St. Louis Park, MN
Arrangements by: Hodroff-Epstein