Service: Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, November 14th, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Interment:Interment will follow in the Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.Shiva:The family will be sitting Shiva at 7:00PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at the family residence in Shelton, CT.

Leo Howard Kestenbaum


September 22, 1926 ~ November 12, 2011

Leo Howard Kestenbaum, 85, of Huntington, CT & Hollywood, FL.  Formerly of Norwalk, CT.  On November, 12, 2011.  Devoted husband of Shirley (and the late Alma), father of Jody Doman, Abbe Simons, and Joshua (Christine) Kestenbaum, stepfather to Faith Epstein and Jill London, Zayde to Seth & Lindsay Fradkoff, Amanda Doman, Carlin Kestenbaum and Lawrence & Marshall Epstein.

Born in Hunter, New York to the late Joseph & Bess Kestenbaum.  Predeceased by his brothers Steve and Jack.  A veteran of the US Navy, he served in WWII.  Leo was the founder of Maggie’s and Countdown of CT.  A past commander of Chapter 141 of the Jewish War Veterans (Norwalk, CT).  A former member of Rolling Hills Country Club, Leo enjoyed many rounds of golf and finding many golf balls.  Leo loved travel and visited over eighty countries with Shirley.  But, above everything, Leo’s lasting legacy will be his love and commitment to his family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, November 14th, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Interment will follow in the Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The family will be sitting Shiva at 7:00PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at the family residence in Shelton, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, CT.

  1. Dear Jody , Abbe, and Josh,
    My heart goes out to you. I remember your father so well, with fond memories of his kindness, to everyone. He was a gentle and good father who loved all of you so much. I will always remember him.

    November 13, 2011
    loekie insinger morrow -
  • My sincerest condolences to the Kestenbaum family. Even tough I’ve known him a short time, I could see he was a kind, generous, compassionate and gentle person; who always had something funny to say. It hurts to know he is gone . I will miss him greatly. God bless you all.

    November 14, 2011
    syndi Andujar -
  • Dear Jody, Abbe, & Josh . . .
    I was saddened to read of your Dad in THE HOUR today. My deepest condolences to you and your families. I have fond memories of both your Dad and Mom from the old days at the Jewish Center and beyond. Though we may not be in touch and it’s been so many years, I still think of you. May you all know of no more sorrow.

    Love,
    Roberta Gottlieb
    Norwalk, CT

    November 14, 2011
    Roberta C. Gottlieb -
  • Kestenbaum Family
    Sherwin and I are saddened to hear of Leo’s passing; however, we know that you all have wonderful memories of family times together. This should help you through this difficult time.
    Cheryl

    November 14, 2011
    Cheryl BerlinCoplin -
  • Josh & family,

    i was saddened to see that your dad passed away. may the memories you have always keep him alive in your hearts.

    Sincerely, Maria

    November 14, 2011
    maria gerard -
  • My beloved Zayde was the one grandparent that woul take time out of his day to see me and my mom and dad. I try to remember when he last came to bring me candy raspberries and licorice. I fear that I will never know another great person like my Zayde.

    March 14, 2015
    Carlin -
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