Funeral Details


Funeral Details

James R. Foster


Date and Time

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM


Zion Gardens Cemetery
6758 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60634


Rabbi Paul F. Cohen
Temple Jeremiah

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Leo Weinstein is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:00 PM Central Time

Memorial Contributions

Temple Jeremiah
937 North Happ Road
Northfield, Illinois 60093
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603


James R. Foster, 91
Loving husband for 69 years of Lynn nee Block, whom he married in 1953 when he was 23 and Lynn was 17. Dear father of Kim (Tony Petracca) Foster, Craig (Terri) Foster and Kyle (Leo) Weinstein. Proud grandfather of Alex, Jack, Asher, Aaron, and Astrid. Fond brother of Gail (Roy) Gordon. The family wishes to thank Edgar for his many years of devoted care. Mr. Foster received his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1952 and received his JD from Yale Law School in 1955. He was a trial Attorney at the US Court of Military Appeals, US Department of Justice, from 1955 to1958. He served as an officer and director of L.B. Foster Company, a Fortune 500 family steel business, from 1958 until it was sold in 1974. He continued to serve on the Board of Directors of Foster Investment Company and Foster Holdings Inc. Jim was also the founder and CEO of Travel Professionals Inc., He served as President of Temple Jeremiah for three consecutive terms. Jim was a lifelong member of Northmoor County Club. He served on the Board of Directors and was a Life Trustee at Highland Park Hospital, A Life Trustee at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, Vice President of the American Jewish Committee, Midwest Chairman of American Associates of Ben Gurion University. He loved to travel, collect art, photography and most of all, he was passionate about his family and friends. He loved long lunches and even longer dinners. He will be greatly missed. Graveside service Sunday 11AM at Zion Gardens Cemetery, 3600 North Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Jeremiah, 937 North Happ Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093, www.templejeremiah.org, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022, www.chicagobotanic.org or The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603, www.artic.edu. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


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To Aunt Lynn, Kim, Craig, Kyle, Alex, Jack, Asher, Aaron, Astrid and Gail. I’m so sorry to hear of uncle Jimmy’s passing. He was a perfect gentleman and an outstanding individual. He was very accomplished, exceedingly intelligent as well as very humble and kind. He was the kind of person everyone liked and wanted to be around. He will be greatly missed and always loved. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

Ryan Rosenfeld
January 16, 2022
Kyle & Leo. We are so sorry about the passing of your father. His eulogy by the rabbi showed was a kind man he was and what a remarkable life he lived. May his memory be a blessing for you and your family. Bob Wenger & Susan Carney

Bob Wenger
January 16, 2022
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