Obituary of Reivan Zeleznik
March 25, 1934- April 22, 2022
Passed away peacefully after an extended illness. He is survived by:
- wife Myra June Zeleznik, resident of Clinton, CT
- son David Zeleznik and his wife Maxine Klein of Essex, CT
- daughter Debra Zeleznik and her wife Mary Wilkowski of Honolulu, HI
- sisters Florence Kling and Lynn Lavender of Hartsdale, NY
And many nieces and nephews and a large extended family
Born in NYC, he grew up in the Bronx and Mount Vernon, NY. In 1964 he moved with his young family to Stamford, CT where he lived most of the rest of his life. After his daughter Debra settled in Hawaii during the 1980’s, he visited often and made Hawaii a part time home for himself and Myra.
Graduated from City College, following graduation he became 2nd lieutenant in the US Army stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State
After discharge from the Army he obtained a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from NYU, later obtaining a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Practiced physical therapy at Jacobi Hospital and Harlem Hospital, later becoming Director of Rehab Services at Yale New Haven Hospital for 18 years.
He was creative and had many hobbies through the years, and shared them with family and friends whenever he had the opportunity. This included marquetry, leathercraft, model trains, macramé, and rug hooking inspired by Rosie Grier. His wood inlay landscapes were exhibited as part of a marquetry show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Later, his focus turned to rock hunting, minerals, and lapidary.
Always very active in the Stamford CT Mineral Society, of which he was president, and the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies for which he was a long time editor of their newsletter. He taught lapidary to many hobbyists and enthusiasts, and for many years gave lapidary workshops at Wildacres in North Carolina.
He identified with the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement upon moving with his family briefly to Southern California in the 1970’s. Family was very important to him and each year he wrote and edited an updated family hagaddah for Passover that incorporated contemporary issues of injustice. He supported many charities and social action causes, including PFLAG and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Donations in his memory can be made to Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412 and the Oahu Jewish Ohana, 4348 Waialae Ave #931, Honolulu, HI 96816.