Mr. Julius Reiner, 92, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Utica, NY, a wonderful, gentle and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, January 22, 2017, at his residence, with his loving wife, Sophie, by his side.
He was born on April 7, 1924, in Vienna, Austria, but grew up in Dobromil, Poland, the son of the late Abraham and Sabina (Rohatyner) Reiner. Julius was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. He lost both of his parents and his younger brother, Karol, during World War II. He was separated from them when the Nazis re-entered Dobromil in 1942. After spending a short period interned in a labor camp in Przemysl, Poland, he was able to escape and subsequently spent the remainder of the war being hidden from the Nazis by various maternal relatives living in Poland. After liberation by allied forces at the end of the war, he eventually immigrated in late 1946 to the United States at the age of 22. He was welcomed to New York City by several paternal uncles from Vienna who had immigrated to the US just prior to the outbreak of WW II.
Julius worked three jobs while getting his high school equivalency degree in Washington Heights, NY. He then entered City College of NY and obtained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He had early involvement in the birth of computers and digital circuits, working briefly at the company founded by the inventor of the early computer ENIAC, and at the Laboratory for Electronics in Boston. He took further courses at MIT and much later obtained his Master's degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He was a lifelong member of the IEEE Engineering Society and served as chair of the local chapter.
On October 11, 1955, in Brooklyn, Julius married the love of his life, the former Sophie Schorr, MD, also a Polish Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. They remained married for 61 wonderful years. Until his final days, Sophie remained caringly and steadfastly by his side. Following their marriage, the two moved to Utica, where Julius was hired as a consulting electrical engineer for the Aerospace Division of the General Electric Co., where he worked for the next 38 years. His work often involved defense contracts, including radar systems for aircraft. Julius and Sophie often visited the Adirondack Mountains for vacation and to see his parents-in-law, residing in Speculator, NY, until 1965. During his years in Utica, Julius was very involved in the local Jewish community, an active member and past president of Temple Emanu-El. His hobbies included photography, tennis, and duplicate bridge (where he attained the level of Bronze Life Master). He had an avid interest in the stock market.
Following retirement, Julius spent a number of peaceful, relaxing years in Bradenton, FL, and Minneapolis, MN, where he had the opportunity to enjoy watching his grandchildren grow up. A true family man, his greatest love was his family and the many memories they shared throughout his life. He was extremely proud of the achievements of his three sons, their spouses, and his grandchildren.
Julius is survived by his adoring wife, Sophie; his sons and their spouses, Alex Reiner, of Seattle, WA, Steve Reiner and Debra Zeifman, of New York City, and Victor Reiner and Kristi Trostel, of Minneapolis, MN; his grandchildren, Naomi Reiner, Lydia Reiner and Zachary Reiner; and his first cousins, Fred Reiner and Trudy Van Dam.
His funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica. Interment will be in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, Roberts Road, New Hartford. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at Temple.
Contributions, in Julius' memory, may be offered to The American Cancer Society and The Simon Wiesenthal Center.