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Edward Leonard BRONSTIEN Jr.

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BRONSTIEN, Jr., Edward Leonard

Edward Leonard Bronstien, Jr., age 86, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and formerly of St. Paul, MN, died peacefully on Saturday January 18, 2014 following an extended illness. He was surrounded by his family. Ed was born in St. Paul on November 11, 1927 and graduated high school from St. Paul Academy. He attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota Graduate School. Ed was a photographer in the US Air Force during WWII. After the war, he began a long and distinguished business career originally as a metallurgist with the Atomic Energy Commission; as President of US Bedding Company (King Koil), a third generation family owned business; and then as President and owner of Spencer Boat Company (Rybovich). Ed was a Director of Northwestern National Bank of St. Paul; a Director of HB Fuller Co.; a Director of Prenor Group, Ltd; and a Director and Chairman of Island National Bank and Trust in Palm Beach. He was very active in his community, including 54 years as a Rotarian in both St. Paul and Palm Beach. Ed traveled the world extensively including numerous volunteer assignments in Guatemala, Morocco, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Russia, on behalf of Int'l Executive Service Corps; and he especially enjoyed spending summers in Hyde Park, VT. Ed married Elsa Shapiro in 1951, and she preceded him in death in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Rosemary; two daughters, Janie Leiser of Denver, CO and Linda Kalin (Bruce) of Sioux City IA; and a son, Jim Bronstien (Kathy) of North Palm Beach, FL. Additional survivors include ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ed was also preceded in death by his sister, Sally Fischbein. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Temple Israel, 1901 North Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33409 with Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein, officiating. The family will receive friends in fellowship during a reception immediately following the Service. Further services and interment will be held in St. Paul, MN. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rotary International; or the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdaparkinson.org

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, 2014
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