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Kurt Landsberger

Kurt Landsberger, 94, of Verona and Delray Beach, Fla., died Dec. 19, 2014. He was born in Prague and immigrated to the United States in 1939.

A successful businessman, Mr. Landsberger founded Bel Art Products of Pequannock in 1946 and Maddak, Inc. in 1979. A newspaper columnist, he regularly contributed a weekly column to the Verona-Cedar Grove Times. He was a published author of seven books. 

As an environmental and human rights activist, he and his late wife Anny were the founders of the Hilltop Preservation in Verona and founded the Kurt and Anny Landsberger Scholarship for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College, Rowan University, and Seton Hall University. Their foundation also funded the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. He also funded the Landsberger Holocaust Collections at the Verona and Pequannock libraries. 

He served in the Army during World War II as a translator. 

Predeceased by his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his second wife, Rita Figarsky Feigenbaum of Albany, NY, and Delray Beach; two sons, David (Lue) and Allen (Dianna); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Services were held Dec. 22 with arrangements by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.

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