Bernard Nebenzahl, 84, Lechters vice president

Bernard Nebenzahl, 84, Lechters vice president

Postby JRiker » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:28 am

Bernard Bernie Nebenzahl, 84, of Union died on Tuesday at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Menorah Chapels at Millburn, 2950 Vauxhall Rd., Union. Interment will be at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge. Mr. Nebenzahl was born in Newark and lived in Union since 1960. He was the vice president and director of Lechters Inc., the leading housewares and specialty retail chain. After his first job with a galvanized can manufacturer, Mr. Nebenzahl joined David Lechter Distributors in Newark over 45 years ago. As David Lechter Distributors evolved into Albert Lechter Inc., the business grew and refocused. As general merchandise manager and buyer, he helped create the largest operator of hard goods leased departments in the New York Metropolitan area. Between 1975 and 1988, Mr. Nebenzahl served as the vice president/general merchandise manager at Lechters. He served as past president of the N.J. Housewares Club, where he also served on the board of directors, and he was honored as the clubs Man of the Year in 1976. He retired in 1990. Before his years in business, Mr. Nebenzahl served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a weather observer during World War II. He was also a member of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael of Springfield and formerly a member of Temple Israel of Union. He is survived by his wife, Matilda Matty (nee Haronsky); his two sons, Lester and his wife, Anita, of Watchung, and Ronald and his wife, Krana, of Union; and his five grandchildren, Eric, Nechama, Dina, Leibel Mordechai, Menachem Mendel, and Shalom dov Ber.
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