Frankel

Samuel M. Frankel, born July 2, 1923, passed away July 26, 2019.

Devoted husband of Rina Frankel. Loving father of Ann (Marc) Abrams, Marilyn (Kenneth) Oif, Steven (Dan) Frankel, Donald (Lori) Frankel, Sharon (Allan) Koltin. Beloved grandfather of Mara Abrams, Chad (Laura) Abrams, Faren (Jimmy) Bickerstaff, Shaina (David) Leb, Alana (Sasha) Telesman, Benjamin Oif, Jack, Brian, and Julia Koltin, Marc, and Jessica Frankel, of blessed memory. Great-grandfather of Jayden and Hudson Bickerstaff, Hailey and Ivy Abrams, and Ari and Maya Leb. 

Samuel was born in Lodz, Poland, on July 2 1923, and survived the Holocaust. 

Until the outbreak of World war II, Sam attended a private Jewish school. Having lost his entire family in Auschwitz, Sam immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland in 1949. 

Sam met Rina in 1954 in Israel and married six weeks later. They remained married for 65 years. 

He created the successful electrical contracting company, El-O Electric. At its height, El-O Electric employed more than 250 people in the community and helped build the Cleveland Stadium, Key Tower and many projects throughout the Cleveland area. 

Sam and Rina’s commitment to the Jewish community led to numerous philanthropic endeavors. Sam served as president of the Cleveland Hebrew Schools, received the prestigious King David award from Israel Bonds and served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sam was also deeply committed to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and numerous other nonprofits and charitable causes. 

Among his most meaningful experiences was his reciting of the kaddish at the U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C., on April 19, 2012. 

Samuel was incredibly proud of the wonderful family he and Rina created. His legacy and impact will forever be a part of the Jewish community and all those who knew him.

Family will observe the week of shiva from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 1, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the residence, 24201 Hermitage Road in Shaker Heights.

Friends may contribute in Sam’s memory to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushm.org) or American Friends of the Hebrew University (afhu.org) or Jessie’s Garden, c/o Laurel School (aklotz@laurelschool.org).