Irene Leiwant

Irene Leiwant

Irene “Renie” Kaplan Leiwant, 93, of West Orange died Oct. 19, 2019. She was born in Jersey City.

Mrs. Leiwant worked as an elementary school librarian at Washington School in Summit.

A 1943 graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., in 1947. She remained an active alumnus of Mount Holyoke, serving on the board of trustees for many years and endowing a chair in Jewish Studies there. She also earned a master of library science at Rutgers University.

An active member of her community, she served on the boards of Temple Israel (now Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel) in South Orange and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She also endowed scholarships at Columbia University in memory of her husband, Erwin, who predeceased her in 1969.

She is survived by three sons, Barry (Sherry), Charles (Carol), and David (Aurora); eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Holyoke College,
50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075.

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