After a long and full life, Joel Reibstein passed away on November 13th, 2012 at 91 years of age while in residence at Waverly Heights Retirement Community in Gladwyne, PA, where he has lived for the past 12 years so he could be near his son, Professor David Reibstein of the Wharton School and his family. A memorial service will be held at Waverly Heights Retirement Community on Saturday, November 17, from 3-5 p.m. On Friday, November 16th, a small family funeral will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka, KS at 11am, following a viewing at Pembroke Gables at 10am. Joel was born in Seattle, WA on August 31, 1921 to Molly Rosenthal and David Jay Reibstein. In 1944, he married Bessie Tkatch with whom he shared 54 loving years before her passing in 1998. He is survived by his sons, Larry and David, his caring daughter-in-law, Karen, two grandchildren, Sasha and Seth, and their spouses, Jones and Maggie, and most recently by his great-grandson, Grayson. He is predeceased by his son, Steven, and his two sisters, Anna and Esther. After obtaining a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington, Joel relocated to Topeka, KS in 1946 where he co-owned and worked as a pharmacist at Jayhawk Drug (2 locations). He was also a pharmacist and owner of Seacrest Drug, Wild Willies Pharmacy and Northside Pharmacy. Joel was active until his final days, known for taking long walks, rain or shine, and for his energy in participating in his community, most recently through managing Waverly Height's second hand store, Windfall. During his time as a resident at Waverly, he cultivated a rich community of friends, who appreciated his sense of humor and lighthearted demeanor. He had a green thumb, particularly for growing exceptional dahlia blooms and delicious tomatoes, which he tended in gardens in both Gladwyne and Topeka. He also enjoyed golfing, stamp and coin collecting as well as watching football, basketball and golfing while rooting for his favorite team, the KU Jayhawks. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Temple Beth Shalom, 4200 SW Munson Ave., Topeka, KS 66604.
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Nov. 16, 2012