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The Lezaks

Alan Lezak

Alan Lezak (son of Leonard and Gladys) and his wife, Merle (Zoller), grew up within blocks of one another in "the manor" on Chicago's far south side, but did not meet until both were students at the University of Illinois in Champaign- Urbana. following his graduation in 1964, Alan joined his father in the boning business, then known as L&L Provisions, and took over the company when Leonard died in 1975. For many years, Alan has served on the Board of Directors of Rush North Shore Hospital in Skokie, where, in 1996, he and Merle dedicated an aquarium in honor of his mother and in memory of his father and Merle's parents, Gert and Reuben Zoller. Alan is a motorcycle enthusiast and gadget collector extraordinaire. He and Merle travel frequently between homes in Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona, and a timeshare in St. Maartin.

Anne Lezak

Anne Lezak (daughter of Sid and Muriel Lezak), graduated from the University of Oregon and earned a master's degree at Lewis & Clark University. She worked at the National Instituteof Mental Health in Washington, D.C., in connection with a Presidential Management Intership, then became coordinator for the program for the Homeless Mentally Ill. She is a mental health consultant and grant writer in Mendon, Vermont, where her husband, Harry Chen, is an emergency medicine physician. Harry, a faculty member at the University of Vermont Medical School, also serves on the local school board. Previously he taught at George Washington University Medical School in Washington D.C. Like Anne and Harry, Their children, Adrian, Alyssa and Laurel, are outdoor enthusiastic. Adrian, who is heavily into computers, is a voracious reader who also enjoys mountain biking. Alyssa is very artistic and creative, but finds time to swim competitively, specializing in the 50-yard breast stroke. Laurel, who enjoys writing poems and stories, also loves art and nature.

Annie Lezak

Annie Lezak (Albert's widow), lives with Dawn and Michael Falls, and is known affectionately to everyone in the neighborhood as "Bubbe." By being there to welcome the children home from school, cheer enthusiastically at ball games, and otherwise help to keep the household running smoothly, Annie enables Dawn to work full time at nursing.

Barry Lezak

Barry Lezak (son of Meyer and Mary) and his wife, Laurie (Stein), live in Deerfield, Illinois and are the parents of Russell and Ted. Barry and Harvey are principals in Moo & Oink, in partnership with their cousins, Mort and Barry Levy.

Ben Lezak

Brian Lezak

Brian Lezak (son of Marvin and sylvia Lezak) and his wife Laurie (Kaufer), live in Southern California with their twins, Matthew and Bradley. He is vice president of marketing in a commercial real estate firm. Laurie is a registered nurse whose specialty is labor and delivery. Brian attended Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, where, inspired by his Grandpa Nate's stories about Russia, he studied eastern European history and the Russian language. In 1987 he traveled through the former Soviet Union, but was unable to make any Lezak family connections.

David Lezak

David Lezak (son of Sid and Muriel) is a physicist and the CEO of Wygant Scientific, a developer of digitized voice communications systems, in Portland, Oregon. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and a PhD in physics at Portland State University. His wife, Brigid Flanigan, who develops assisted living housing for the elderly, attended Brown University and received a master's at MIT. During the Nixon Administration, when Sid, a Democrat was a U.S. Attorney, Brigid's father, Peter Flanigan, was a White House staff member who helped compile President Nixon's "enemies list," alleged to have included Sid's name. Nevertheless, these days their fathers get along famously, David says. He and Brigid are the parents of Stephen and Eleanor, whom David says are cute but " headstrong and stubborn, like their parents."

Gary Lezak

Gary Lezak (son of Danny Lezak and Kay Lezak) studied meteorology, his passion, at the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Kansas City, where he enjoys an impressive following as a popular television meteorologist.

Harvey Lezak

Harvey Lezak (son of Meyer and Mary) and his wife, Linda (Belstock), reside in Northbrook, Illinois. Their eldest child, Melissa, a 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois, hopes to earn a graduate degree and teach Spanish. Daughter Jodie, U of I class of 1998, is pursuing interests in journalism and advertising. Their son, David, will graduate from Glenbrook North High School in 1998.

Jeffrey Mayer Lezak

Jeffrey Lezak (son of Seymour and Penny) and his wife, Carol (Spielman), live in Highland Park, Illinois, with their daughter, Jessica, a talented dancer who attens Highland Park High School. Jeff is a motgage broker who enjoys playing the guitar and is a former yo-yo champ. Carol, a native New Yorker, is a magazine editor.

Jeffrey Robert Lezak

Jeffrey Lezak (son of Danny Lezak and Kay Lezak) attended UCLA and earned a master's degree from the Wharton School of business. A computer consultant in Los Angeles, he and his wife, Ellyn (Kligman), a non practicing CPA, are the parents of Nechama Rochel, Binyomin, Chava Gittel, Shmuel Shlomo, Chaya Mushka, Menachem Mendel, and Kasriel . They are actively involved in L.A.'s Chassidic community.

Joanna Lezak

Joanna Lezak (daughter of Mike and Nancy) graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1995, and has returned to school to study nursing. She is engaged to William Joseph. e-mail Home: billynjoanna@earthlink.net Bill's work: wjoseph@bledsoelaw.com

Joe Lezak

Joel Lezak

Joel Lezak (son of Alan and Merle), and his wife, Lori Schwarcz, also met as undergraduates at the University of Illinois. Lori, a student at Rush Medical School in Chicago, expects to receive her medical degree in 1999. As president of L&L Packing Company, Joel is continuing the family tradition in the meat industry, dating back to his great-great-great-grandfather in Russia.

Kevin Lezak

Kevin Lezak (son of Mike and Nancy Lezak), a 1991 Yale Alumnus, now lives in southern California, after having spent several years in New Orleans, where he was director of Development for Verge Entertainment and was involved with film projects and public television.

Manny Lezak

Max Lezak

Michael Lezak

Michael Lezak (son of Marvin and Sylvia) a student of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, expects to be ordained as a Reform rabbi in 1999. He is engaged to Noa Kushner, also a rabbinic student. They plan to marry inJune 1998, following Noa's graduation from HUC-JIR and ordination in New York. Noa is following in the footsteps of her father, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Miriam Lezak

Miriam Lezak (daughter of Sid and Muriel) lives in Acton, Massachusetts with her husband, David Martin. A graduate of McGill University, she is a technichal writer for a Cambridge healthcare software company. David, an alumnus of the University of Vermont, is a software designer in Boston.

Morris Lezak

Nate Lezak

Scott Lezak

Scott Lezak (son of Danny Lezak and Kay Lezak) and his former wife, JoEllen Stadnik, live in Lake Los Angeles, California. They share in parenting their 2 children, Ashley and Christopher. JoEllen is a radiology technician, specializing in MRI technology. Scott is a freelance videographer and editor, weather spotter for the National Weather Service, Town Council member, as well as the Vice President of the local Chamber of Commerce. Ashley, now 12, would like to earn her degree as an animal biologist and operate a wolf rescue when she grows up. She is on the Principal's Honor roll at school as well as having been Little Miss Lake Los Angele s. Christopher, now 9, is busy being 9. He enjoys cars, music, and video games.

Sylvia Lezak

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