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Jerry Kreinik

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: New York, NY, United States
Death: March 23, 2011 (96)
Parkersburg, WV, United States (Passed away peacefully of old age, no pain, surrounded by family and lots of love)
Place of Burial: Parkersburg, WV, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isidore Kreinik and Sarah Kreinik
Husband of <private> Kreinik (Stack)
Father of Theodore Kreinik; Douglas Edward Kreinik and Andrew Kreinik
Brother of Audrey P Yospin and Shirley Toby Gaynor

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About Jerry Kreinik

KREINIK, JERRY was born 18 January 1915, received Social Security number 109-05-3745 (indicating New York) and, Death Master File says, died 23 March 2011 4558621

Stanley Kreinik, Feb 4 2013: "Jerry Kreinik is my father’s brother son ( Kreinik Threads)" Jerry Kreinik is Stanley Kreinik's first cousin. Stanley Kreinik → Walter Kreinik his father → Isidore Kreinik his brother → Jerry Kreinik his son

In December 1941, Jerry Kreinik was best man at the wedding of Gene and Cora Kreinick.

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Jerry Kreinik's Timeline

January 18, 1915
New York, NY, United States
March 23, 2011
Age 96
Parkersburg, WV, United States
JERRY KREINIK was born January 18, 1915, received a New York Social Security number, 109-05-3745, and died March 23, 2011.
United States Obituary Collection
Name of Deceased: Jerry M. Kreinik
Gender: M (Male)
Death Date: 23 Mar 2011
Obituary Date: 25 Mar 2011
Newspaper Title: Parkersburg News
Newspaper Location: Parkersburg, WV, USA
Spouse's Name: Estelle
Parents' Names: Shirley and
Childrens' Names: Ted and Arlene Kreinik
Siblings' Names: Audrey; Shirley; Ted Gaynor; Toby Yospin (Boston)
Number of Grandchildren: 4
Military: veteran
========= OBIT From Find a Grave
Birth: 1915
Death: Mar. 23, 2011

Jerry M. Kreinik passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday March 23, 2011, at the age of 96 years.

Jerry was born in 1915 in New York City to the late Isadore and Sarah Kreinik. He graduated from NYU and was a WWII veteran. Jerry studied textiles, chemistry, law, engineering, loved reading, classical music, being informed, and arguing points of interest.

Jerry was a blue sky thinker, an inventor, entrepreneur, lecturer, futurist, loving husband, father, and grandfather, living a full and eventful life. Jerry's influence was felt by those he met.

Using his imagination and creative juices and helped along by Estelle, his wife of 66 years, Jerry developed industrial standards of excellence within the needlepoint and cross stitch industry throughout the world. His moniker became a synonym for excellence.

During his unique life, he worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yards developing textiles used for submariners and polar explorers, advanced the science of zippers, fasteners and buttons working on the creative team developing the "D" ring used by millions today, and established sizing for woman's clothing. He taught the first class in plastics in the 1950s at Brooklyn College in N.Y., designed dustless charcoal used by millions today. Along with this, he advanced the innovation of foam plastics, structural plastics and laminates.

In 1971, after being released by Borg Warner, during the great firing, he and his wife Estelle began their trek into the hand-needlecraft industry during its infancy. Working with nothing but their knowledge of textiles, plastics, art, furniture, and materials, they developed a reputation for originality and superb products. Using materials that had never been contemplated, they developed lines of soft, usable craft yarn products in silks and metallics that felt good to the touch. With their little business, they were able to travel the world, see the beauty of this small planet, and influence the industry. Their business grew. They were recognized by The National Needlework Association for Excellence in the Industry in 1994. In 2012, Kreinik Mfg. Co. Inc., a Parkersburg business, will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Literally millions of people around the globe have and continue to enjoy the results of Jerry's efforts in creating the materials used in needlecrafts and other textile arts and fashion.

His family enjoyed his love of nature and learned how to recognize birds and trees, stars and cars; learned how to patiently use a variety of hand tools to create beautiful objects in wood, metal, and clay. He contributed his time and funds to a number of community groups including Temple B'nai Israel, the Friends of the Parkersburg Public Library, and Parkersburg Art Center.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Estelle; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Arlene Kreinik (Newtown, Conn.), Doug and Myla Kreinik (Parkersburg), Andrew and Jacqueline Kreinik (Baltimore, Md.); his sister Audrey and brother-in-law Toby Yospin (Boston), along with four grandchildren Juliana (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Danielle (Los Angeles, Calif.), Charles (Baltimore, Md.) and Zachary (Washington, D.C.)

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Shirley and brother-in-law Ted Gaynor.

Services will be conducted Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m. at the Vaughan Funeral home, Parkersburg with student Rabbi Rachel Kaplan officiating. There will be visitation one hour before the service. Internment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Jerry loved education and libraries, if you would like to make a donation in his honor, please consider the following: Temple B'nai Israel Parkersburg, the Parkersburg Community Foundation, The Parkersburg Public Library, Parkersburg Art Center, and Amedisys Hospice Services of Parkersburg.

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Wood County
West Virginia, USA

March 28, 2011
Age 96
Parkersburg, WV, United States