SCHIMEL--Samuel H. Schimel, C.P.A, passed away April 27th, 2013 at his home in Florida, at the age of 91. He was born in Jersey City, NJ, a son of the late David and Sarah "Sadie" Friedman Schimel. A founding partner of Schimel, Borenstein & Mazzei, P.A., "Sam" served as a B17 Bomber Pilot during World War II and became a POW after his plane was shot down over Germany. He is the proud recipient of the Purple Heart as well as World War II Combat, Air, and Prisoner of War medals. His courage during those years was evident throughout his lifetime and has been documented in the book Extraordinary Lives, published by American Express in 2008. His wife of 44 years, Marylou Lionells Schimel, Ph.D. is a former Director of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute. He had two daughters from his first marriage to the late Bernice Miller Schimel; Marjorie married to Leonard Borenstein; and Dale married to the late Alan Mazzei; He is survived by his granddaughter Holly, her husband Rob Friedsam and their children Ryan, Tyler and Aidan; his granddaughter Sara, her husband, Greg Reichert and their daughter, Kelly; and his grandson, Bret and his wife Ashley, and their son Zachary Mazzei. Sam was known for his honesty, integrity and a keen sense of humor. Whether working, spending time with family and friends, or on the golf course, Sam cultivated and nurtured life-long relationships. His curiosity and thirst for knowledge ranged from travel to cultural and historical matters. He read The New York Times cover to cover. In his 70's he graduated from the White Institute's Program in Organizational Consultation and Development. As a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather, Sam was a friend and a mentor to us all. He will be missed and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JNF or the One Fund Boston. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Home (Hackensack, New Jersey) at 10:15am, followed by an entombment at Garden of Memories, Township of Washington, New Jersey.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 30, 2013