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Evelyn Hoffman Kasle

Evelyn Hoffman Kasle, 89, of Franklin, Michigan, died on 29 April 2016.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Monday, 02 May 2016 at 12:30 PM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, Rabbi E.B. Freedman and Hazzan Daniel Gross officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Evelyn Hoffman Kasle will be gathering through the evening of Tuesday, May 03 at the residence of Gary & Lisa Shiffman, 6212 Bromley Court, West Bloomfield MI 48322. The phone number is 248-661-0337.

The family welcomes friends immediately following the burial at Clover Hill Park Cemetery through Monday evening and Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. and from 6:30P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Religious services will be conducted at 7:00PM Monday and Tuesday Evenings.

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She was predeceased by her beloved husbands, Dr. Walter Hoffman and Robert Kasle and her dear friend, Dr. David Faigenbaum. Mrs. Kasle had three daughters, Anita Hoffman Ehrenfried, the late Linda Hoffman Kozlowski (Dr. Jay and Renee) and Lisa Shiffman (Gary). She was blessed with seven grandchildren, Joshua Hoffman Ehrenfried (Dahlia), Rachel, Anna Sofen (Dr. Bryan) and David Kozlowski, and Matthew (Mallory Walter, fiancee), Alex and Adam Shiffman and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Estelle Ehrenfried. Evelyn was the dear sister of the late Dr. Irvin Kanat and daughter of the late Helen and Sol Kanat. She had a group of dedicated and loving caregivers throughout her long illness: Laurie Hill, Sharon Perry, Drea Perry and Barbara Geer.

Evelyn Kasle was a true Renaissance woman. She spent her life involved in learning, in music, in travel, in Judaism and in giving to others. Born in 1926 Detroit to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Helen and Sol Kanat, she taught piano to neighbors as a teenager. A few years later, she and her husband Walter taught piano for Karl Haas. As a young bride, she wrote the house organ for Lester Gruber's London Chop House. Raising her three daughters, Anita, Linda and Lisa in Oak Park, she worked hard on her master's degree in English. Anita always said she went to sleep to the sound of typewriter keys.

Evelyn became involved in Congregation Shaarey Zedek after her father, Sol, passed away in 1965. She chaired its cultural commission for several years. Her involvement in Judaism extended beyond charity, although she donated to the Jewish Federation, to Bar Ilan University, JTS and to multiple Jewish causes. She, along with Beverly Baker, arranged a show of Jewish illuminated manuscripts from JTS to travel to and be shown at the DIA. She was honored by the seminary as Shaarey Zedek's person of the year and later, the seminary named its Rare Book Room alcove for Mrs. Kasle. She, her children and her grandchildren travelled together to New York for the dedication.

Sadly, her husband Walter Hoffman passed away when all three girls were still in their teens. Evelyn traveled extensively alone and with her beloved second husband, Robert Kasle, to Europe, the U.S., Russia, Israel and Jordan. After Bob passed away, the entire family went white water rafting down the Colorado River. She took each of her seven grandchildren on a special trip alone with her. Chamber music was a passion of hers. She and Walter had often entertained musicians and jammed in their living room in Oak Park. She was a stalwart supporter of the Chamber Music Society, the DSO and of Chautauqua. Even her style was admired and once the Observer and Eccentric did a feature article on her personal sense of fashion!

Evelyn became a social worker by obtaining her MSW from Wayne State. She saw clients at the Maple Clinic and taught English at Highland Park Community College. In addition, she taught humanities at Oak Park High School. Later, she obtained a certificate in gerontology at U of M and was the first person to lecture on the "sandwich generation," a subject in which she had personal experience, at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

In her later years, Mrs. Kasle rediscovered an old friend from Detroit, David Faigenbaum. The two traveled back and forth from his residence in Palo Alto, CA to hers in Franklin with great joy until he, too, passed away. With two beloved husbands and a partner, alone and with her children and grandchildren, Evelyn Hoffman Kasle truly made her 89 years a life worth living.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Evelyn Hoffman Kasle may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 West Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
6735 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, Mi., 48301
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Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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