Irving Winokur

December 7, 1922 ~ April 26, 2020 (age 97)


Irving Winokur, 97, passed away on April 26th, 2020 from covid-19 related complications. Irving was born on December 7, 1922 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in the Westfield area for over 65 years. Irving graduated high school in Brooklyn and went on to receive an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and his master’s degree in finance from Columbia University. He spent his professional career working for American Investment Company.

Irving enlisted in the army during World War II and served in Japan, the Philippines and North Carolina. When he returned home, he met the love of his life, Arlene nee Ellensweig whom he married on December 25, 1949. They were married for 42 years until the time of her death in 1991. Irving and Arlene spent time enjoying their passion for duplicate bridge, traveling, and spending time with their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family members.

Irving was pre-deceased by his sister, Ida Miller, and his brother Solomon Winokur. Family was everything to him. Irving was a devoted father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his son Richard Winokur and his husband Ersin Okumus. His daughter Nancy Rosenthal and late husband Herbert Rosenthal, and daughters; Allison Ehrlichman and her husband Jon Ehrlichman, and their children, Teddy, Spencer, and predeceased by Trevor; Jennifer Easton and her husband Todd Easton, and their children Harper and Jonah.

Irving was an exceptional and kind man who loved to talk to everyone because as he said, “that made life interesting”. Irving had many friendships that he sustained through his life. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by many. There will be a private ceremony at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, New Jersey on April 29, 2020. Donations can be made to the Jewish Family Service Agency, 665 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208 for their Food Pantry.

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