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Samuel Kagel

AGE: 103 • Freehold

Age 103, passed away in Freehold, NJ, Sam was previously of Wilmington, DE. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was orphaned at 4 ½ and was privileged to attend Girard College, a preparatory school for fatherless boys in 1921. He graduated in January '31, at the height of the Great Depression, yet to remain, he held small jobs at Girard College. Sam was greatly influenced by his history professor and by a class trip they took to Washington, DC. While there, he was able to shake hands with a Supreme Court justice. He later received help from this Justice to allow his wife, Goldie, to immigrate to America. Sam also visited the Capitol and observed Congressmen reading the "funnies." "Nothing has changed," Sam recently commented.

Sam owned and operated the Kagel Paint & Hardware Store for more than 40 years in Wilmington. He also started a tool rental business long before Home Depot. Being a neighborhood store, customers often came in for one small item and would stay for an hour or more discussing news and politics. Sam loved to type opinion letters to Presidents, politicians, newspapers, and Time Magazine. He got many personal replies and several of his letters were published.

He obtained his first computer when he was in his seventies. After retiring, Sam used his computer to make his cards for family, friends, and strangers who were residents in nursing homes. A card from Esskay always contained a unique history lesson.

Family members attributed Sam's longevity to his constant desire to learn, his optimism, sense of humor, and his appetite for chocolate candy bars. Sam's life was an amazing journey from growing up without inside plumbing to imagining the future by reading Tom Swift and to actually mastering the personal computer. His life's adventure and stories will forever live in videos and volumes of voice recordings.

Samuel is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Goldie (nee Bercovitch) and his daughter-in-law, Karen Kagel. He is survived by his sons, Fred (Judy) and Allen (partner Eleanor Segal); grandchildren, David Kagel (fiancée Tiffany Clark), Michelle Eskow (Peter), Joshua Kagel (Alexis), Sarah Kagel (partner David Perry); and great-grandsons, Jordan (whose 'big boy' phone calls he really enjoyed) and new arrival, Dylan.

Special appreciation is extended to all his caregivers, but especially to Rochelle Stoner for her care, love and kindness.

To truly celebrate this 'man of the century,' a funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Monday, February 6, 2017 in the Chapel at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Shiva will be observed 5:00 pm, Monday February 6 at Adas Kodesh Shel Emeth Synagogue, 4412 Washington Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802. A visitation for family and friends will be 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the home of Fred Kagel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jewish Historical Society ( or the Jewish Community Cemetery Building Fund, P. O. Box 7054, Wilmington, DE 19803.


Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2017
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