Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Manfred Leo Lindow

October 24, 1929 - December 23, 2018


Date and Time

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 12 Noon


*A Masonic Service Will Precede The Funeral Service At 11:30 AM
Congregation Kneseth Israel
330 Division Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120


Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein
Congregation Kneseth Israel
Rabbi Tom Samuels
McHenry County Jewish Congregation


Oakland Cemetery
13603 Co Hwy 30
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
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Lindow Residence
19412 East Grant Highway
Marengo, Illinois 60152
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Wednesday following the interment with Maariv at 7 PM,
Thursday Shachrit at 8 AM and shiva 4 PM-7 PM with Maariv at 7 PM and Friday Shachrit at 8 AM.
The remaining shiva days, after Shabbos, will be at the home of Rabbi Kuppel Lindow at:
1221 Ridgedale Road
South Bend, Indiana 46614

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Memorial Contributions

Congregation Kneseth Israel
330 Division Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Road
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012
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Born on October 24, 1929 in Leipzig Germany to Frank & Erika Lindow. The family felt the persecution of the Nazi regime early on in his life. The family settled in Chicago after relocations in England and Ecuador. Manfred married Helen Doris Franks on March 4, 1956 the love of his life at Congregation Knesseth Israel "CKI" in Elgin. They lived in Chicago for a short time where Helen ran a neighborhood grocery store on the corner of Irving Park and Laramie in Portage Park while Manfred delivered for Star Cleaners.
Manfred went to night school where he learned refrigeration repair. They returned to Marengo in 1958 shortly after their first child was born and opened Lindow's Appliance the same year. For the next 53 years they provided appliances, electronics and so much more to so many in numerous communities. Manfred had an uncanny ability to repair anything-he had two mantras 1st- if you could take it apart, then you can fix the problem and put it back together and 2nd-there was no job that was beneath him to provide for his family.
Together they raised their three Children Edgar, Gene (Sandy), & Kenneth (Bekki). They have 9 grandchildren; Justin Pfeifer, Danielle, Melissa, Geoffrey, Yehuda (Chai B'racha), Shimi, Tamima, Sara & Bracha.
Manfred was passionate about Family, Friends, God, Free Masonry & Shriners. Every morning Manfred would say morning prayers with his boys before breakfast. Manfred was active in B'nai Brith men's organization where he was president and a regional board member. Manfred became a master mason in April 1967. Throughout the next 51 years he was devoted to the furthering the craft thru his work as a Master Mason, Scottish Rite and in the Tebala Shrine. On August 26, 2008 his hard work was recognized and was conferred the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite which is the highest level of recognition awarded but only a select handful ever receive.
Manfred passed away on December 23, 2018 to be reunited with his parents, infant brother and with so many that had influenced him to become a son any parent could love, an incredible devoted husband, father, grandfather and fraternal brother to many.
Service Wednesday, 12 Noon at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division Street, Elgin, Illinois, 60120. A masonic service will precede the funeral service at 11:30AM.
Interment Oakland Cemetery. Memorials to Cong. Kneseth Israel, or to McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd. Crystal Lake, IL 60012,, or your favorite charity would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


We encourage you to share your personal
condolences and stories of Manfred Leo Lindow below and
we will share them with the family.

Tricia Atwater

Helen, Gene and Sandy, and Frank's family so sorry for your loss..only knew Manfred from appliance store where he was a good salesman..peace be with you all

Joann Zenk

Manny was a great man. I have his picture at the Masons in Marengo with my dad, Joe Getty. Helen you are a saint to have been there with him all the time. My sincere sympathy to the family.

Sherry and Bob Brown

Dear Helen, Gene, Sandy, and family, Bob and I treasure our life shared with your precious family. Iâ??m smiling with tears in my eyes thinking of the Elgin Sunday morning bowling league. I picture Manny at my sons brises. I remember the bagel and lox club and so many more treasured times. We send you our love always. May his name continue to be for a blessing

Dale and Bonnie Schwartz

Helen, Gene, Sandy and families, sending love and hugs to such a precious people who've done so much for a community. Your hearts and generosity has had no boundaries...we are holding you all tight in our hearts as you go through this loss.

Amy and Ben Llaneta

Helen, Gene, Sandy and family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Rabbi William Lewis

My condolences to Helen and family. I was the Hebrew teacher for the Franks
Children (Sheldon, Betty, ----) in Marengo , on Sundays during 1956-57. I remember Carl and Mrs Franks well.

Linda Blatchford

My condolences to your wonderful family. I remember Manny and Helen from CKI when we first met. May G-d give your strength and comfort during this difficult time.

Bruce and Marian Weiss

Dear Helen, Gene, & Sandy,

What a gem of a person Manny was, and what a loss for the many different communities of which he was a part. Manny's life was a life well lived. He possessed a genuine goodness and was happy and content to be who he was. A shining light in all of your lives has gone out, but its glow will go on eternally in all of your hearts through the fond memories each of you have of Manny. Our sympathy and hugs go out to each of you and to the entire Lindow family.

Jan Traughber

Gene, Sandy, Melissa, and family. So very sorry for you loss. I have heard many wonderful things about your father/grandfather. I am proud to know and love a branch of his lineage. His light will shine on through all of you! Love you and thinking of you!

Loretta Brown

My sincere condolences to Helen and all your family. May his name be for a blessing.

Jack Fishman

Helen and Gene, I remember Helen and Manny from our years together at CKI, long before I was ever a member of MCJC. I have only fond memories of the times I sat behind you both at high holidays and talked with you both. I always enjoyed those conversations. Helen, our sincere condolences to you, Gene, Sandy and the entire family. May Manny's memory always be a blessing to all of you.

Karen Koenig

Gene, Sandy, Helen and family - we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and condolences are with you.

Lisa Pogofsky Sobelman

Dear Lindows,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of â??Uncle Lennyâ? and still have not gotten over the shock of seeing this sweet old man still walking around in a speedo. I know he leaves a long legacy behind in all of you. My thoughts are with you and may his memory be for a blessing. Lisa

Laura Heinberg

The Heinbergs will always remember Manfred, he repaired appliances for us and often took time to see what we were doing on the farm. Our extended family always wished they had someone they could trust like we did when it came to repairs and just helping our family out. Helen you and Manfred made us enjoy moving to the Marengo area, made us welcome to this great town. May he be at peace. He gave so much of himself.

Don Huntington

Manfred meant so much to me, I am blessed to have spent so many years with the Lindow family. He shared so much with me over the years, he not only taught me how to repair appliances he showed me how to treat other people. I will always remember how he sat in his office every morning sending birthday cards to so many friends . He will be missed by all of us but our wonderful memories will live on.

Elaine Fick

Lindow family. You have our sympathy on the loss of Manford!

Judith Franks Farah

To my Brother in lawâ??s family
We are all struggling with loss of this special human being in our lives. He left an amazing family and legacy behind. We must all learn to live without him.
May he Rest In Peace

Julie Heinemann Powsner

My mother, Ruth Heinemann, sends her deepest condolences to Helen, Gene, and the rest of the family. She and my father, Fred Heinemann, were longtime friends to Helen and Manfred. I grew up in Dundee and have nothing but fond memories of Gene, et al, as well. We are all thinking of you at this time. Julie Heinemann Powsner and Ruth Heinemann
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