(Rina's full name is Voltairine de Clayre, an American anarchist and feminist in the Freethought Movement, for whom Rina was named) was born on January 20,1931 in Stelton, New Jersey to Anna Sosnovsky and Abe Winokour. She passed away on September 26, 2016 in New York City. Rina married Jim Garst in 1953. Rina and Jim were known in their community as labor, civil rights, and anti-war activists. They were very involved with the progressive community and housing groups. Rina was integral in putting together the housing program, NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community). Rina is predeceased by her parents, Anna and Abe Winokour, her sister, Tisa Levine, her husband, Jim Garst, her nephew, Don Levine, along with aunts and cousins. She is survived by her nephew Andy Levine (Susan), her nieces Nicki Noble (Dan) and Emily Baird-Levine (Bob), along with many cousins and grand nieces and nephews. A memorial will be scheduled at a future date. Donations in Rina's memory can be made to: Goodard Riverside NORC, 689 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10025. 212-665-3853.
Published in New York Times on Oct. 1, 2016.