Benjamin Bernard “Bernie” Kleinert, 89, of Cranford died Oct. 30, 2010. Born in Newark, he lived in Newark and Springfield for 48 years before moving to Cranford four years ago.
Mr. Kleinert was a regional manager for Canandaigua Industries for 25 years before retiring 23 years ago. Previously, he owned Kleinert’s Liquors in Newark.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the Irvington Lodge F&AM 251, the Spirit Square Club, the Jewish War Veterans Post 273, and B’nai B’rith. He was a charter member of Congregation Israel in Springfield, where he served as its treasurer for several years.
Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Natalie, he is survived by two daughters, Terri Gittlin and Carol Blank, both of Cranford; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 1 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.