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Bernard, 85, of West Orange, was a man who marched to his own drum, after he made it.
Passed on December 17th, 2013. Afflicted with Parkinson's Disease, which took his life.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey to his parents Raey and Samuel Krongel, he was divorced from the late Gladys Werde and ex-wife Harriet Krongel.
He is survived by his sister Judith Krongel, niece Joy Duskin and nephews Jay and Sanford Duskin and their children.
He went to P.S. # 12 and Lincoln High School in Jersey City, where he found his calling, and honed his skills in wood working and furniture design. He won several prizes for his model cars. He played the Tuba in the High School Band. Rising to a top Eagle Scout, he gathered more skills.
He attended the Newark College of Engineering in their Art and Design College, where he majored in Industrial Design. He later furthered his education at Pratt University in Brooklyn. His creative ability was recognized in the Army's Quarter Masters Corps, while serving his turn in the Korean war in Germany, where he created displays and signs.
His major jobs of designing cabinets and electronic consoles were with Emerson in Jersey City, and Electophonic Corp of America in Brooklyn before each relocated.
His several other career jobs were designing furniture for an office supply company, furniture and a stair manufacturer.
He worked for Farmer Electric before he retired.
He was associated with the Jewish Vocational Services, and social and cultural clubs in Northern New Jersey.
As a Renaissance Man his expertise included making his own furniture, lamps, plumbing, upholstery, cabinetry, car repair, electrical repair, cooking, baking, and an a sundry of other skills and talents. He gladly shared his skills and expertise, helping and working with friends and family.
He will be missed by all he touched and helped.
Donations to Bnai Brith are appreciated. Graveside services will be held Friday, December 20th, at 11 AM at Beth David Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Arrangements are by J L Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Dec. 19, 2013