Funeral Details

Beth S. Kon

November 26, 1934 - November 15, 2023


Date and Time

Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Philip Sherman
Cantor Jennifer Frost
Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim


Zion Gardens Cemetery
6758 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60634
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Kon Residence
4243 North Claremont Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618
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Upon return from the cemetery until 7PM
Monday from 3PM until 7PM

Memorial Contributions

EZRA Multi-Service Center
909 West Wilson
Chicago, Illinois 60640
The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
6245 South Ingleside Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
The animal charity of your choice


Beth S. Kon, age 88,

Loving wife of the late Frank. Cherished mother of Jeffrie (Tom) Cape, Peter Kon, Wendy (Jim) Sadler, Heidi Kon (Will Jones), Diana Kon (Gary Mandell). Adored Grandma of Phillip Cape, Rebecca (Jim) Tomasik, Stephanie Cape, Jeremy (Izabela) Cape, Joseph Kon, Jacquelyn (Chris) Teeter, Bryanna Kon, Allie Kon, Michelle Sadler (Chris Singraber), Samantha Sadler (Zander Lee), Frankie Sadler, Noah Jones, Franklin Jones, Levi Jones, Markie (Alexandria) Room, and many honorary grandchildren. Beloved GiGi of Amelia, Nico, and Lucy. Beth was beloved by many friends and extended family. She was a talented pianist and a lifelong Jewish educator who touched hundreds with her wisdom and kindness. Service Sunday, 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie.
Interment Zion Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to EZRA Multi-Service Center, 909 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL 60640,, The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, 6245 S Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL 60637,, or the animal charity of your choice. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Oh, Mrs. Kon....
You are present in some of my earliest memories: Girl Scouts and field trips. Your love for animals and your sense of humor were eclipsed only by your kindness to all living things. The world has dimmed a bit from its loss of you. You will be missed.

Janice Chapman
November 16, 2023
Dear Dear Beth,
You always had a smile on your face and a good story to tell. We were welcomed into your family with much love and respect. We will miss yo.u.
I knew when I met Heidi she had an amazing family and there was so much joy that we were invited to share with Heidi, Will, Levi, Franklin and Noah and our beautiful Beth. We are relieved now that you are resting in peace with so much love surrounding you.

Love to Beth and love to the Kon family.

Mary and Rafael

Mary Scott-Boria
November 16, 2023
Dear Diana, Heidi, Wendy, Jeffrie and Peter,
I will miss my Facebook friend Beth with whom I shared many, many animal posts. She was quite a character and a very proud mom , grandma and great- grandma.
Treasure your memories 💔

Ellen Mandell
November 16, 2023
Beth always lit up the room. She was entertaining and full of good stories. Although she is now gone, her essence (values and joie de vivre) live in her children, grandkids, and the next generation. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family - may your good memories of times together and the loving support of family help you move forward. Beth will be missed.
Sending virtual hugs and love to all…

Jessica Gardon-Rose
November 16, 2023
May you rest in gentle peace, Beth.
You touched the thoughts and hearts of even those who knew you only a little.
May warm memories of your presence bring much strength to the people who loved you deeply.

Michelle Rowland
November 16, 2023
Beth was like a big sister, I will miss her greatly. We were fortunate to spend almost a year together when I workeded in Chicago and the many times I visits for events , holidays, and just because.

Conrad Sherman
November 16, 2023
My Dear Beth,
Thanks for sharing your zest of life with us at Searchers. You never failed to teach us something of love, and certainly value
You were a marvelous teacher and became a friend. To think, we.just text each other about getting together ❤️ for lunch
It will.hsve to.wait until.i can come and meet you. Love, Dolly

Dolly De Caro
November 16, 2023
My grandmother, Beth,, was a very talented pianist. During my childhood, I took piano, and, the inspiration to play that instrument was from her. The way she played the piano was so beautiful and I am so thankful that I am able to have a video of her playing the piano to look at when I need to feel close to her.

Jackie Teeter
November 16, 2023
My most heartfelt condolences to the Kon family during this difficult time. Beth was a rare combination of intelligence and kindness that is hard to find, especially in this day and age. She headed our searchers group at Congregation BJBE and always made those meetings interesting and personable by asking the participants what was happening in their world. As a fellow animal lover, I always enjoyed her anecdotes about her pets, especially her German Shepherd Bear whom she referred to as her burglar alarm. Zichronam L'vrachah! May Beth's memory be a blessing!

David Singer
November 17, 2023
Dear Jeffrie, Peter, Wendy, Heidi, and Diana and all of your families. I am truly sorry to hear the news about your mom. Growing up, I always had 4 extra big sisters , a big brother and 2 sets of parents, Len and Elana, and Beth and Frank. Any time I needed to feel safe and understood Beth would put me in her "magic circle"and everything would be all better. So, I am returning the "magic circle" back to all of you at this time of need. I have to believe that Frank and Len are making potato latkes and Elana and Beth are teaching together again. With all my love, your little brother. Mitchell

Mitchell Goldman
November 17, 2023
My deep and heartfelt sympathies to dear Beth's family and wide circle of friends. I met Beth 5-6 years ago through UMichigan's OLLI program. I remember the first time I met her - her wonderful laugh, kind demeanor and deep intelligence. I treasure knowing Beth and I were friends and colleagues. She deeply, deeply loved her family and was so proud of you all. I loved her stories. Beth was a force of humanity and goodness. I will miss her. Peace.

Ann Tomlanovich
November 17, 2023
Dear family, by knowing Pete, I know the great loss you have experienced. What I knew of Beth, she was the definition of what a mother should be. I wish I could have spent more time with her. My love and deepest sympathy to you all. Love Roxy and Livvie

Roxy Saylor
November 17, 2023
Beth was a valued member of our Ethics Shared Interest Group at the University of Michigan Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was always there with a story, a smile and warm wit as well as being directly on point with her comments. While I did not know her that well, I treasure the interactions we had with her., She will truly be missed. A wonderful person.

Stuart Lockman
November 17, 2023
We are very sad to know the Los of beloved cousin Beth. Condolences to the all family.
With great Love, cousin from Israel, Batia, Rami and children.

Batia Bandal
November 17, 2023
Beth was a wonderful member of our book club for many years and we will deeply miss her.

Jan Daniels
November 18, 2023
Dear Beth,

You lit up the room with so many wonderful stories and you were always kind and thoughtful. You greeted everyone with a smile no matter how you felt. I thought of you as a second mother and loved your company. You will truly be missed by so many. I have nothing but respect and love for you and all of her family. Rest in peace Beth.

Laura Martinez
November 18, 2023
We will miss Beth in our Book Club! She gave scholarly reviews every year that we all looked forward to greatly. She was a caring person who always sent words of appreciation and love through texts and emails. I enjoyed having deep discussions with her about education, history, and life. Heaven has gained a joyous Angel!

Meg Pyterek
November 19, 2023
Dear Becky and Jim,
We are sorry to hear of your Grandmother’s passing. May your hearts soon be filled with happy memories and not sad with sorrow. Our deepest sympathy. Aunt Pat and Uncle Ron

Pat and Ron Sygiel
November 19, 2023
Thank you for your lifelong friendship to our family, and especially to our mom, Joan Gross, who deeply valued your wisdom and concern. We watched the ZOOM service, and were very touched by so many deep memories of Beth and Frank. I will never forget your parents' kindness to me and my sister, during difficult times in our family, and, for being a helpful and forgiving piano teacher!

Deborah Robins
November 19, 2023
My dear Kon family, I’m sorry that we have all lost Beth, and so grateful I was able to see her in October, when she was in fine form, vivacious as ever! She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and faith. My Hanson family all treasure Beth’s memory, and I think of her every time I hit Middle C on the piano. With love, Joycie

Joyce Hanson
November 26, 2023