Isadore Irving Zinberg
1918 - 2012 PITTSFIELD Irving Zinberg, 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Melbourne Assisted Living in Pittsfield where he had lived for the past eight years.
Born Yitzhak Chusidman on July 27, 1918, in Russia, he was the son of Moses and Pearl Kessler Zinberg. He immigrated to the United States with his family at age 4, and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated as class valedictorian of his yeshiva and, after serving in the army
in World War II
, went on to graduate from City College of New York where he received his B.S. degree in Accounting.
Although he worked as an accountant for the federal government for over 35 years, his true passion was music; he loved Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mahler, Liszt and Chopin, to name a few. He also enjoyed reading and traveling, and was a dedicated participant of Volunteers For Israel, and supporter of numerous social causes as well. Irv loved and was loved by many; his friendships were his greatest source of joy. His clear, quick mind and sharp wit were enjoyed by many.
Irving is survived by his son, Leonard Zinberg, and daughter-in-law Linda Bachoco Zinberg, and his grandchildren, Rachel and Joshua; and by his daughter Gail Zinberg and her partner, Atan Minami.
Irving was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Lena Singer Zinberg. The couple was married Aug. 1, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Mike Banner and Zinn Arthur, and sister, Lucy Gamberg.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services were privately held.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Irving Zinberg may be made to the Berkshire Music School (scholarship fund) through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com