Passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She is preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart since five years of age and husband of nearly 40 years, Jack M. Klempner. She was born November 25, 1930 in Louisville to the late Charles and Essye Ressnier Barash. Janis is survived by two of her children, Susan G. Klempner and Richard S. Klempner and his wife, Bonnie Ruth; by her three grandchildren, Charles E. Klempner, Aaron R. Klempner (Emily) and Essye M. Klempner, who are the children of Janis’ third child, Steven R. Klempner, who preceded her in death; by her daughter-in-law, Bonnie Sue Klempner; by her great-grandchildren, Roslynn A. Klempner and Isaiah J. Klempner; and by her cousin, Dr. Marvin Zuravsky (Rhoda).
Janis was a proud graduate of Atherton Girls High School and Bryant Stratton Business College. She loved horses, Thoroughbred horse racing and traveling to race tracks. Janis was an artist, a professional clown and enjoyed wonderful friends and family. She loved bowling and playing Mahjong and enjoyed drives and adventures through Cherokee Park, where she was particularly enthralled by Big Rock.
She was a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, the Jewish Community Center, NCJW – Louisville Section, and B’nai B’rith, where she was an active bowler, and was a Kentucky Colonel. Janis was a past president and vice president of B’nai B’rith Women, past president of Mizrachi Women’s Organization, Chairperson for Israel Bonds for two consecutive years, and after the death of her husband, Jack, she served on the Boards of Jewish Hospital and Four Courts.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to her wonderful, compassionate companions, the staff of Episcopal Church Home, and Dr. Harry Renco, for their loving care.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19th at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, 2926 Preston Highway. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Janis Klempner to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation in respect of The Jack M. and Janis B. Klempner Family Helipad, 250 E. Liberty St., Suite 602, Louisville, KY 40202 or Congregation Adath Jeshurun.