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(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.

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Published in New York Times on Oct. 1, 2016.
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October 6, 2016
Rina was a fighter, a fine spirit, and a true friend. She will be greatly missed.
David Laibman
October 4, 2016
I am so sorry to learn of Rita's assing. I meet Rina and Jim in the early '90's when I was reaching out to build the NORC coalition to advocate for state funding. They immediately responded and were fierce advocates. It was always a pleasure to bump into Rina on the streets, there clearly was such an affectionate bond between us. Her memory is surely a blessing.
Anita Altman
October 1, 2016
To the Garst Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
October 1, 2016
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the reading of God's hope for those who have passed on bring comfort to the family. John 6:40. Annie C. Ga.
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