Linda M. Lautenberg, 92, of Kinnelon, died Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Born in Tuerkheim, Germany, in 1925, Linda was the daughter and only child of Peter and Anna Linder. Growing up, she always wanted to be a Chemist, and earned her Masters in the field. She was a teenager during the Hitler regime, though, and because she refused to join the Hitler Youth, was blockaded from earning her Doctorate. After working for a year on a farm, she became a teacher, educating children in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade in one classroom.
Following the end of World War II, she met Isadore "Izzy" Lautenberg, a Jewish man who had been held in a concentration camp during the war. The two fell in love, and in 1951, they married. Izzy had secured a stable life for them in America, and shortly after they wed, they settled in Brooklyn. They would soon welcome the births of two daughters, while Izzy and Linda owned and operated a Luncheonette/candy store.
In 1962, the family moved to Pompton Plains following the purchase of the Atlas Stores there. Again, Izzy and Linda operated that store for several years in order to support their family. Later, Linda would decide to stay home to raise and care for her children.
In 1976, the couple designed and built their dream home in Kinnelon. They were thrilled to have reached this milestone after working so hard toward the goal, and were crushed when the government declared eminent domain shortly thereafter to build Rt. 287 through a corner of their property.
She is survived by her daughters, Regina Lautenberg and Deborah Lautenberg, as well as her grandson, Peter Lautenberg and his fiancé, Angelica Basso. She was predeceased by her husband, Izzy, in 2012.
A Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday, August 13 at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains, starting at 10 a.m. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Cremation was private.
In lieu of flowers, Linda's family asks that you plant a tree in her memory by making a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation (https://www.arborday.org).