Strenger, Lester

September 26, 1920 - August 6, 2014

Lester Strenger, peacefully, ended a life of deep love for and quiet service to his family and country on Aug. 6 at home in Dallas. He was 93.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 26, 1920, he graduated from Boys High School and received law degrees from St. John’s University and NYU.   He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a radio operator in North Africa, Italy, and France.

He met his wife, Margaret Farina on their first day working for a law firm in Manhattan, riding extra floors on the elevator for the opportunity to talk to her. Standing 6 foot 4 inches tall, almost a full foot taller than she, they were married in 1947 and at each other’s side for 67 years. She was with him until the end and survives him in Dallas. Together they lived a full life complete with frequent travel to Europe and Mexico, and enjoying the arts and dining scene of every city they lived in.

He was an attorney for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) serving in New York; Nurnberg, Germany; Washington, DC; and Dallas, retiring as Deputy General Counsel in 1975. After his retirement, he spent time enjoying life with his family, especially his two grandchildren. He helped care for both his brother-in-law and sister-in-law during their elderly final years.

He was a quiet and gentle man who was well educated and well read. He enjoyed reading and talking about politics with friends and family, and still playing and joking with his grandchildren to the end.

He is also survived by his son Louis Strenger and his wife, Ellen Kampinsky, of New York; by his son-in-law Allan Heasty of Richmond, Virginia; by his granddaughter Linda and her husband Andrew Kerr of Vienna, Virginia; by his grandson David Heasty and his wife, Stefanie Weigler of Brooklyn; and by two great-grandchildren, Alex and Anna Kerr.

Lester joins his mother and father, Joseph and Faye; his sisters Marcella and Ruth; and his daughter, Edith in the afterlife.

A private ceremony was held in Dallas. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.


Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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