In memory of
Stuart Jacob Lefkowits
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In memory of
Stuart Jacob Lefkowits
Stuart Jacob Lefkowits Devoted to family; a proud exemplar of the Greatest Generation Stuart Jacob Lefkowits of Highland Park, N.J., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on Nov. 20, 2019, in Denver, Colo. He died of natural causes just two months shy of his 97th birthday. "Stu" was born at Middlesex Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1923 and raised in nearby Highland Park. It was there, in 1935, that Stu met his future bride, Elaine Rashkind. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1940 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he served as a navigator on a B-24 bomber. Stu flew 51 missions out of southern Italy during 1944-45 and did his part to ensure Hitler's defeat. Stu and Elaine were married in 1945 and settled in Highland Park, where they raised their three children, Robert, Marjorie Dee, and Donald. After working for a decade in his father's furniture store, Stu made a midlife career change, becoming a CPA and finishing his career as an accountant with Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. He also taught accounting at Rutgers University. After taking early retirement, Stu focused on his tennis game, jogging, and being Grandpa Stu to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After Elaine died in 1987 at the age of 61, Stu married Virginia "Ginny" Carroll and they enjoyed their retirement years in Clearbrook, N.J. In 2011, after Ginny's death, Stu moved to Denver, Colo., to be close to his son Don, daughter-in-law Laura, and his Denver-based grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Stu leaves an inspiring legacy as a proud exemplar of the Greatest Generation, a great storyteller, and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Wherever Stu went, whether walking on the beach, participating in a march, playing tennis or bridge, or traveling to foreign countries, he collected new friends. He touched everyone with his outgoing personality and his interest in others. He had an extraordinary memory until the last day of his life and could always identify the date and location of key events in his life and in the lives of those he loved. Stu is survived by his brother, Henry; sisters-in law, Joan and Georgene; son, Donald; daughters-in-law, Laura and Connie; grandchildren, Jeff Coons, Heather Fitzsimmons, Andrew Lefkowits, Bradley Lefkowits, and Erin Lefkowits Lynne; granddaughters-in-law, Carolyn Casey Lefkowits and Joanie Mendenhall Lefkowits; grandsons-in-law, Chris Lynne and Wilson Craig; and great-grandchildren, Elle and Cade Fitzsimmons, Maggie and Anna Lefkowits, Kettner and Reece Lefkowits, and Dylan Lynne. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert, and his daughter, Marjorie Dee. A memorial for Stu is planned for a later date. Contributions may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association.
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In memory of
Stuart Jacob Lefkowits
Stuart Jacob Lefkowits Devoted to family; a proud exemplar of the Greatest Generation Stuart Jacob Lefkowits of Highland Park, N.J., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, on Nov. 20, 2019, in Denver, Colo. He died of natural causes just two months shy of his 97th birthday. "Stu" was born at Middlesex Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1923 and raised in nearby Highland Park. It was there, in 1935, that Stu met his future bride, Elaine Rashkind. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1940 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1944. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he served as a navigator on a B-24 bomber. Stu flew 51 missions out of southern Italy during 1944-45 and did his part to ensure Hitler's defeat. Stu and Elaine were married in 1945 and settled in Highland Park, where they raised their three children, Robert, Marjorie Dee, and Donald. After working for a decade in his father's furniture store, Stu made a midlife career change, becoming a CPA and finishing his career as an accountant with Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. He also taught accounting at Rutgers University. After taking early retirement, Stu focused on his tennis game, jogging, and being Grandpa Stu to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After Elaine died in 1987 at the age of 61, Stu married Virginia "Ginny" Carroll and they enjoyed their retirement years in Clearbrook, N.J. In 2011, after Ginny's death, Stu moved to Denver, Colo., to be close to his son Don, daughter-in-law Laura, and his Denver-based grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Stu leaves an inspiring legacy as a proud exemplar of the Greatest Generation, a great storyteller, and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Wherever Stu went, whether walking on the beach, participating in a march, playing tennis or bridge, or traveling to foreign countries, he collected new friends. He touched everyone with his outgoing personality and his interest in others. He had an extraordinary memory until the last day of his life and could always identify the date and location of key events in his life and in the lives of those he loved. Stu is survived by his brother, Henry; sisters-in law, Joan and Georgene; son, Donald; daughters-in-law, Laura and Connie; grandchildren, Jeff Coons, Heather Fitzsimmons, Andrew Lefkowits, Bradley Lefkowits, and Erin Lefkowits Lynne; granddaughters-in-law, Carolyn Casey Lefkowits and Joanie Mendenhall Lefkowits; grandsons-in-law, Chris Lynne and Wilson Craig; and great-grandchildren, Elle and Cade Fitzsimmons, Maggie and Anna Lefkowits, Kettner and Reece Lefkowits, and Dylan Lynne. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert, and his daughter, Marjorie Dee. A memorial for Stu is planned for a later date. Contributions may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association.
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