Funeral Details

Ira Fistell

March 31, 1941 - September 26, 2022


Date and Time

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 2:30 PM


Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 East 67th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
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Rabbi Chaim Twerski


Pack Residence
42 Union Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
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Traditional Shiva

Memorial Contributions

Chai Lifeline
6600 Lincolnwood Avenue, Suite 300
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712


Ira Fistell, age 81.

Beloved father of Andrea Pack. Loving grandfather of Aliyah, Shirah and Ayliyahu Pack. Beloved partner to Rachel Berg. Graveside service Thursday, 2:30 PM at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th St., Chicago, IL 60637. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chai Lifeline, 6600 Lincolnwood Ave., STE 300, Lincolnwood, IL 60712, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Ira has been part of our Kehillat Ma'arav lives for many years. He has enriched our annual Yom Kippur observance by speaking meaningfully (and entertainingly) during our midday break. We've shared meals with him and Rachel in his condo and in our sukkah. And Beverly has tremendously enjoyed speaking about her books on his KABC radio show. Ira was a mensch and will be missed.

Beverly and Bernie Bienstock
September 28, 2022
I remember with love the many nights listening to Ira. He was a great entertainer and teacher. In later years, I enjoyed meeting him on my visits to Kehillat Ma'arav. He remained a wonderful personality even despite the health challenges he faced. His memory will always be a blessing.
Rabbi and Lynn Beliak

Haim Beliak
September 28, 2022
I love you Ira
In my heart forever
sweet kisses to you

Lisa Meyer
September 29, 2022
Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
With love,
Jane and Earl

Jane Salmons
September 29, 2022
Condolence to his family. Sorry he was taken too soon.
He was a brilliant guy & I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Stanley Ziegler
September 29, 2022
Ira and Rachel were Diana's college classmates.
They attended Diana's retirement party in 2012 and our wedding in 2013. We're glad we got to know Ira and spend time with him and Rachel these last few years. He was always a source of good information and good spirits. We're sad that there won't be any more erudite comments from Ira at Passover Seders or leisurely dinners at a favorite restaurant. Farewell, Ira. You will be missed.

Joseph and Diana Kotzin
September 30, 2022