POUGHQUAG, N.J. – Leonard Eisen, of Poughquag, formerly of Suffern, died Saturday, March 5 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.
He was born June 30, 1929, the son of the late Abraham and Fay Eisen (Rabona). He was born and raised in the Bronx. He was a member of the National Guard for 20 years, and worked as a reporter with Jimmy Breslin during the Korean War. He ran a successful advertising agency in Manhattan, married and had two daughters, Cathie of New Mexico, and Nancy of Nyack. He loved fishing, singing, acting, show tunes, opera and fine restaurants. He was an active member of the Knights of Pythias in Suffern and was involved with the Antrim Playhouse, now in Montebello, where he performed in many plays during the 1960s, and was part of the theater family.
In 1969, he remarried. He traveled to Italy six times with Donna (Chase) Eisen, who died in 2006. He bought, sold and collected old paintings for many years. He mastered the art of repairing elaborate frames and found great joy in his work.
In addition to his daughters, he is also survived by five grandchildren, Esteban and his wife, Rika, of California, and David and his wife, Ashley, of New Mexico, Urban and his wife, Anna, of Queens, Zoe of Florida, and Henry of Nyack; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was an active member and board member of the Noi Italiani Di Oggi (Italians of Today) in Poughkeepsie for many years. On June 2, a scholarship will be awarded in his name to a student studying Italian language and culture. Friends are welcome to attend this meeting as he will be recognized and remembered.
The family will hold a small, private service. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., Hopewell Junction.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to the Eisen Family, c/o MFH, P.O. Box A, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533.
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