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Harold B. Gotsdiner

Posted January 08, 2013 in Obituaries, Windsor Heights

September 20, 1922 – January 6, 2013

Harold Gotsdiner

Harold Gotsdiner

Harold Bernard Gotsdiner, 90, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Senior Suites of Urbandale. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Beth El Jacob Synagogue, of which he was a member. Burial will follow at Jewish Glendale Cemetery.

Harold was born September 20, 1922 in Omaha, Nebraska, the only child of Russian Immigrants, Jeanette and Israel “John” Wolffe Gotsdiner. They moved to Des Moines in 1924 and Harold grew up above the Kingman Food Market, which his parents owned and operated. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Drake University. Harold faithfully served in the US Army during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He received severe frost bite and spent a year recovering at hospitals in Paris and the United States. In October 1950, he was united in marriage to Shirlee Ann Gorshel.

Harold and Shirlee Ann owned and operated Heaven to 7 Children’s Department Store for over 25 years. At the time it was the only children’s department store in Iowa. They received a National Brand Names Award in New York City. They retired and closed the store in 1979.

Harold, always the jokester, enjoyed spending time with his family and his ROMEO Lunch Group (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

Harold is survived by his children, Murray (Debora) Gotsdiner, Evan (Christy) Gotsdiner and Marcia Salem; grandchildren, Alex Gotsdiner, Erik Gotsdiner and Elizabeth Gotsdiner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Shirlee Ann.

Harold’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of Harold’s doctors and the staff at Senior Suites of Urbandale for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Beth El Jacob Synagogue. Dunn’s Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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