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Howard Margol

Thursday, February 9, 2017 (before sunset)

13 Shevat, 5777

Sunday, February 12, 2017

11:00 AM


Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The family will receive guests in their home on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday beginning at 6:30 pm. There will be a prayer service each night at 7:30 pm
4430 Mount Paran Parkway, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

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  • American Fund for Lithuanian - Latvian Jews c/o Peggy Freedman 8335 Berkley Ridge, Atlanta, GA 30350

    Howard Margol, 92, born in Jacksonville, Florida on February 22, 1924 to Morris and Sarah Margol, passed away on February 9, 2017. He is preceded by brother, Melvin and is survived, in Atlanta, by his loving wife of 68 years, Esther Landey Margol; three sons: Bruce (Jan), Gary, and Maury (Elise); daughter, Felice; 9 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; brother, Hilbert Margol (Betty Ann), and sister, Bernice Wolf of Tampa, Florida. Howard, a World War II Veteran, served as a PFC in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division in Western Europe. After returning to the States, he graduated from The University of Florida with a Business degree. An entrepreneur at heart, Howard started a furniture business which he successfully managed for 40 years. Most importantly, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and was a true friend to the Atlanta and International Jewish communities. He was active with the Mt. Paran Civic Association, a founding member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Council on Alcohol and Drugs, President of the Atlanta and International Jewish Genealogical Societies for many years, and wrote numerous articles some of which appeared in the Jewish Times and Jewish Georgian. In retirement, Howard found a true passion in the field of genealogy becoming one of the foremost authorities on Lithuanian genealogical research. For 20 years, he led Roots Tours to Lithuania and helped thousands research their heritage. On one of his first trips to Lithuania, he was so taken aback by the pitiful existence of the Jewish community, he began the Lithuania Latvia Fund with his wife, Esther, to help rebuild the Jewish community there. Howard also shared his WWII military experience in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp with various groups across the country and was recorded by numerous historians, all in the spirit of helping the community rebuild and remember. Howard was honored by the Georgia legislature at the State Capitol and by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field as a Hometown Hero for his service as a World War II veteran and Dachau liberator. He was an athlete and played racquetball until the age of 86. Services will be held this Sunday, February 12th at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Rd., N.W., Sandy Springs GA., 30328 at 11am (Graveside only). Shiva is being observed Sun, Mon, Tues at the home of Esther Margol. Visiting hours are in the evening starting at 6:30pm with prayer service at 7:30pm. Sign online guest book at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Fund for Lithuanian-Latvian Jews, c/o Peggy Freedman, 8335 Berkley Ridge, Atlanta, Georgia 30350. Arrangements by Dresslerís Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.

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    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Marilyn LaneApr 28 2017 02:19 pm
    It was at an IAJGS conference in Atlanta that Howard and I first met and established that we were cousins many times removed. Howard was kind enough to send a copy of our family so I could see where we came together. My grandfather also came from the same town ‚ÄĒ Poneveczh. Each time we met at IAJGS conferences to break bread.
    Marilyn LaneApr 28 2017 02:10 pm
    It was at an IAJGS conference in Atlanta that Howard and I first met and established that we were cousins many times removed. Howard was kind enough to send a copy of our family so I could see where we came together. My grandfather also came from the same town ‚ÄĒ Poneveczh. Each time we met at IAJGS conferences to break bread.
    Gary GershfieldMar 26 2017 03:21 pm
    My deepest condolences to the Margol family. I had the honor of first meeting Howard on one of his organized trips to Lithuania over 10 years ago. I admired his dedication to genealogy and to the Jewish community of Lithuania. Howard always made the time to answer emails of genealogy inquiries. I will miss him greatly.
    Renee WeintraubFeb 22 2017 11:08 pm
    Thinking of you all with fond memories.
    Larry & Marlene Engelhart & FamilyFeb 21 2017 12:13 pm
    We are sad to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather and hope that your good memories will bring you comfort and strength.
    Sharon Eichhorn SokolikFeb 20 2017 07:50 pm
    I recently read about the passing of your father. I was sorry to hear about that. When I read his obituary, I found it so interesting that he was involved with the liberation of Dachau. My Grandfather was Rabbi David Max Eichhorn. He was the chaplain that day in 1945 who led the first service at the liberation. That means your father and my grandfather were together on that incredible but horrible day. My grandfather has been featured in movies that were taken on that day. Was you father in them? Your father sounded like a wonderful man. May your memories of him last forever. Sharon Sokolik
    Sally LevineFeb 16 2017 10:30 am
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Howard. We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to share his reminiscences about World War II and his experiences in the liberation of Dachau. May he be remembered for his generosity of spirit, his keen intelligence and his gentle kindness.
    AliceFeb 16 2017 09:13 am
    Howard Margol is a beautiful example to follow. Any family would have been richer to have him as a member. I'm sorry for your loss.
    Avrohom KraussFeb 16 2017 07:39 am
    I was saddened to hear the news and although I did not get to know Howard personally, I admired his dedication and work on behalf of Litvaks and Jewish Genealogy, of which we all benefit. Thank you Howard. May your soul be bound in everlasting life. To his family I offer my condolences. HaMakom yenachem etchem betoch sheare aveilei Tzion v'rushalayim. May G-d comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
    Tovi GlasnerFeb 15 2017 08:19 pm
    Dear Felice - Heartfelt condolences to you, your mother, brothers and families upon the loss of your father. Hamokom Y'nachem Etchem B'toch Sha'ar Avelei Tzion v'Yerushalayim. Thinking of you at this difficult time - Tovi, Zev, Nina and families
    Candy and Rock SatterfieldFeb 15 2017 08:02 pm
    Mr. Margol was a fine person. With our deepest sympathy, Candy and Rock Satterfield
    Corey LeveretteFeb 14 2017 09:30 am
    Although I did not know Howard personally, I have met and now work with his Daughter in law Elise. She is a wonderful person and I am honored to call her my friend. May Peace and Grace cover this family during this time of grief and may you find time to celebrate his life and what is clearly the incredible impact he had on the world around him. I want to thank him and this family for his service to our country. God be with you all.
    Lithuanian Jewish CommunityFeb 14 2017 04:34 am
    No words can express our gratitude to the Margol Family. Howard Margol was a great, generous and committed man whose actions truly honored the Litvak name. He will be dearly missed by all. Condolences from the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community:
    Joel NathanFeb 14 2017 03:16 am
    I never knew Howard personally but exchanged emails with him many times over the years I was always aware of his unwavering commitment and dedication to genealogy and helping people like me make connections we so desperately sort My deepest condolences to his family. May his sweet soul rest in peace Joel
    Paul WeaverFeb 13 2017 07:28 pm
    Mrs. Margol and Felice: I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Margol. Grief is the price we pay for love and I know this is a difficult time for you. I remember Mr. Margol way back to the 1960s when he was a pioneer in local advertising in Jacksonville. I remember how proud Grandma Sarah was of him when he spoke...she told me when he gave a toast: "He always says the right thing!" He always did and said the right thing. He was a gentleman, a scholar and someone admired by many. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Marilyn LindenbaumFeb 13 2017 06:23 pm
    I never met Howard although I spoke to him on the phone several times. His knowledge of Lithuania helped my family to find our shtetl and piece together so much of the story. Our heritage trip was incredible, all due to his and Esther's remarkable work. He was an extraordinary human being and I know he has a special place in Heaven reserved for him. A life wonderfully lived! My condolences to his family and multitudes of friends. Marilyn Lindenbaum, Denver CO
    Michael TobinFeb 13 2017 05:34 pm
    Howard was an inspiration to me when I got my start in Jewish Genealogy in 1994. My his memory be a blessing to all.
    Eugene AlpertFeb 13 2017 02:25 pm
    It is with great sorrow that I write to express my condolences to the Margol family. I met Howard in 2005 and he was an instant mentor to me. His gift to Jewish genealogy is among the greatest of all, and his trips to Lithuania were a gift to those of us who never would have thought it possible to actually visit our ancestral towns. He touched many lives with all his efforts to ensure that no record be left undiscovered and no family history be hidden behind the walls of archives. I was proud to nominate him for his lifetime achievement award and grateful for his friendship. He has left a tremendous gap that we can only hope to fill in future years.
    Grace Cohen GrossmanFeb 13 2017 01:49 pm
    We at the USHMM are deeply grateful to Howard Margol for the opportunity to preserve his testimony of his WW II military service as a liberator, along with his brother Hilbert, and for sharing important historical information about Lithuania through his genealogical research and the articles that he wrote about his findings. Howard Margol was an inspiration to us all. Wishing you strength at this difficult time through the wonderful memories of his long life.
    Cooper & DavidFeb 13 2017 11:02 am
    Of course we are saddened by your loss. Our deepest condolences go to each member of your family and we know from our own experiences that God does heal the heart. We are at your disposal for any need. Love to all.
    Tova JaffeFeb 13 2017 10:36 am
    I greatly appreciated Howard's tireless work for Jewish genealogy. Please accept my condolences. My thoughts are with you.
    Nijole PakalnieneFeb 13 2017 08:40 am
    Dear Esther, my deep condolences on Howard's passing.It is a great honour for me to have known him,having assisted in travel arrangements for the genealogical and roots trips to Lithuania which Howard led for 20 years.May God give him eternal rest.My deepest sympathy.
    Vitalija GircyteFeb 13 2017 03:01 am
    I was very sorry to hear of Howard's passing. It was a privilege to know him, his dedicated work, enthusiasm and generous sharing of his knowledge helped to uncover the whole hidden world of the Jews of Lithuania. My deepest condolences to the Margol family.
    Galina BaranovaFeb 13 2017 01:56 am
    Please accept my deep condolences. I had the honor to know Howard and I was so sorry to hear about his passing away. Howard was extremely affectionate and great personality. He was always around to help people with anything they needed and was great to know in this lifetime.
    Cynthia ReingoldFeb 13 2017 01:01 am
    Howard has left a wonderful legacy. His life has been a fine example to others. May these memories be a comfort to his family. I wish them all a long life. Cynthia Reingold
    Joe WinstonFeb 13 2017 12:16 am
    If it were not for Howard I never would have made the visit to Lithuania in 2000. Howard set the standard for me on how to do this important research. Thank you Howard you will live on in the lives of some many that you helped unlock their past. I saw first hand how much good you and your wife did in support of Jews living in Lithuania. Thank you again for sharing with me.
    Rita and Michael ZadoffFeb 12 2017 10:52 pm
    We are so sorry to hear about Howard's passing. May his memory be a blessing. Our condolences to the Margol Family. Rita and Michael Zadoff
    Jean Bates / Judy AbnerFeb 12 2017 09:17 pm
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences. Hugs to you Esther.
    Pat & Ralph FullerFeb 12 2017 07:28 pm
    Our deepest condolences on Howard's passing. We took the Lithuanian Heritage Trip with Peggy Freedman in 2013, and, although Howard wasn't able to be there, his presence was felt throughout the tour. I heard him speak at IAJGS Conferences several times, and always appreciated his erudition and passion for Jewish genealogy.
    Ellen Shindelman KowittFeb 12 2017 06:18 pm
    May Howard's memory be for a blessing. He will be missed in the world of Jewish genealogy, especially having educated everyone he met about his beloved shtetl of Pushelat. I always appreciated his humor and opinion. My sincere condolences to the family. Ellen Shindelman Kowitt Colorado
    Sandra & Donald HirschhornFeb 12 2017 06:16 pm
    We were very sorry to hear that Howard is gone. We shared a trip to Lithuania/Latvia with you all and remember it fondly. Howard spoke at our JGS Palm Beach County, FL when Sandy was president and he stayed with us so we looked on him as a friend. Sandy and Don
    Idalee & DougFeb 12 2017 05:28 pm
    May his memory be for a blessing and may the family be consoled and comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
    Sherrie HarrisFeb 12 2017 05:21 pm
    I knen Howard through Jewish Genealogy here in Jacksonville and at IAJGS conventions. He will be missed.
    Judith MillerFeb 12 2017 05:14 pm
    Howard led the roots trip to Lithuania and Latvia that I had the privilege to take in 2000. He was wonderfully helpful to me, a genealogical novice at the time. He was a prominent figure at all the annual conferences I attended thereafter. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a remarkable person. A mensch.
    Carol Davidson BairdFeb 12 2017 04:41 pm
    Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss of a most wonderful man and a fantastic genealogist. My fondest memory of Howard was when I was editor of the pre-IAJGS president's newsletter and I helped Howard start his society - from that moment on we shared great times at each IAJGS summer seminar even though I was not a Litvak! He forgave me for my Yekke roots! His impact on Jewish genealogy and on all of us will be remembered with joy and his name shall be a blessing to all those who knew him.
    Susan Viuker Lieberman Feb 12 2017 04:25 pm
    Howard helped me immensely in my research I eventually traveled with Peggy where we met all Howard's contacts. He was a mighty man with tremendous impact May his memory be for a blessing .
    Gary MokotoffFeb 12 2017 03:54 pm
    It was an honor to have known Howard during his lifetime. He leaves a legacy of his family and the work he did for Lithuanian Jewry, Lithuanian Jewish genealogy and Jewish genealogy in general.
    Gilda KurtzmanFeb 12 2017 10:46 am
    My most sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful man. Howard was my mentor, my colleague and my friend. He was most generous in helping people. Without him there would have been little information about the Jews of Lithuania. Your loss is not only a personal loss for me, too, but also the loss for all Litvaks. May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Jerusalem and Zion.
    Rita Simon GordonFeb 11 2017 11:53 pm
    We share the pain of Howard's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak in Maryland some years ago. We also share his Pushalotas background and he was of great help to me in doing my Family Tree. Boruch Hashem Amet. Rita Simon Gordon
    Richard GoldmanFeb 11 2017 10:40 pm
    I was helped by Howard numerous times over the past 20 years. We last met at an IAJGS conference a couple of years ago and he was an inspiration for me and so many others.
    Shirley and Donald ReismanFeb 11 2017 10:26 pm
    Dear Margols, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Howard was a great person and will be missed by all. We are in Florida, but want you to know our thoughts are with you. Fondly, Shirley and Donald
    Carol Rombro RiderFeb 11 2017 10:16 pm
    It was my privilege to have met Howard at a number of the Jewish Genealogy Conventions. He was an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many others. A true gentleman too. May his memory be for a blessing .
    AlexandraFeb 11 2017 09:26 pm
    Baruch Dayan Emet! May Hashem comfort the family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem!
    Harold RhodeFeb 11 2017 09:14 pm
    There are no words. Howard was a great man and helped me strengthen their Jewish identities by reconnecting with their pasts. If we don't know where we came from then we can't know where where are going in the future. Howard helped so many - myself included. May his memory be a blessing for the entire Jewish people. Harold rhode
    Danielle WeinerFeb 11 2017 08:30 pm
    I know of no one who has made a greater contribution to the genealogy of Litvaks than Howard. His vast knowledge, energy, philanthropy, contribution and commitment to helping all of us uncover our Litvak genealogy is without parallel. Howard will be profoundly missed. My sincere condolences to Howard's family. May his memory be for a blessing.
    David FoxFeb 11 2017 07:53 pm
    May Howard's memory be a blessing to his family and friends. I have known Howard for many many years. He was always available to to help others with their genealogy research. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace Horward.
    Linda CantorFeb 11 2017 06:49 pm
    So sorry to hear about Howard's passing. He was one in a million in the world of Jewish genealogy, always willing to provide advice and help. You will be missed!
    Bert LazerowFeb 11 2017 06:08 pm
    I am grateful to Howard for the times he helped me by e-mail with genealogy problems. He knew a lot, and did not hesitate to share with beginners and intermediates who knew much less. When I finally met him in person, I was impressed with his bearing and his judgment. I think the correct word is gravitas. Bert Herbert Lazerow Professor of Law, U of San Diego
    kaye paletzFeb 11 2017 05:49 pm
    For years Dr Margol had been helping me His devotion to genealogy made me feel like I was spcial I noticed lack of reply during last year so very pessimistic as to his heath. Met him at a few conferences and am continuing what he discussed with me to follow thru with Lithuanian reseach. My condolences to the family and the world of genealogists has lost a unique person.
    Ina GetzoffFeb 11 2017 05:35 pm
    Mrs. Margol and Family: Please accept my sincere condolences on Howard's passing and may he rest in peace. He was a very important person in our genealogy family and he will be missed. Ina Getzoff JGSPBCI
    Bernard CedarFeb 11 2017 05:29 pm
    I did not know Howard well. I briefly talkec to him at IAJGS meetings over the past sixteen years, introdcing him once at a presentation he made at the 2009 IAJGS conference. I have been honored and well informed to have been in his presence. While on a LivakSIG trip led by Peggy Freeman she contacted Howard in Atlanta about a document that that was in one of the LIthuanian archives. He contacted the archive and Peggy was able to obtain it after the trip ended and I had left Lithuania. That was very kind of him. I'm sure that he went out of his way for many other amateur genealogists as well.As a linchpin of LitvakSIG and a leader of providing aid the the remaining Jews in Lithuania, he will be well remembered and sorely missed.
    Alexandra AlznauerFeb 11 2017 04:34 pm
    My condolences to the entire family. Howard Margot was such an inspiration to genealogists, especially those just starting to work on their family history. Although I never had the opportunity to go on one of Howard's trips to Lithuania as I hoped due to my mother's extended illness, Howard gave me the opportunity to contribute through his fund for Lithuanian and Latvian Jews. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Karen KirshnerFeb 11 2017 03:36 pm
    A vacuum has been left in the Jewish Geneological Community with the loss of Howard Margol, who did so much to advance the availability of documents and access to sites. Thanks to the Howard Margol Family Tour Eleanor Peters and I took in the 1990s, I was able to visit and walk in my relatives and ancestors' footsteps. He hired an expert translator tour guide Regina Koppolovich, who guided and informed us in the "shtetls" of all four sides of my lines, Sharkovschinna and Skuntiki in the Disna region of what is now Belarus and had been "Poland" and "White Russia" and in Luoke, where my father's line had been and Vilkija was seen from afar, as there is no trace of anything remaining. Those two were in what is now Lithuania. We visited the major cities and it was an enriching, deeply moving, meaningful experience, which caused me to become ill with the pain and mourning I felt knowing my relatives were massacred where I returned as witness. The fact I lived was victory, I realized. Howard and his family's passion helped me make that connection. Thank you Howard. Rest in God's loving embrace. You earned many mitzvah credits.
    Jill AndersonFeb 11 2017 03:25 pm
    I send my condolences to the Margol family. Howard's vision and commitment to Litvak research will ensure that he will never be forgotten.
    alan and devara felson goodmanFeb 11 2017 03:23 pm
    We send heartfelt condolences to all the family. Howard will be missed by so many. Thinking of you with love.
    Marcia HicksFeb 11 2017 03:00 pm
    Sorry sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Thank you for all the dedication on behalf of all our families over the years. Marcia Hicks
    Sandy HackFeb 11 2017 02:32 pm
    Very sorry to learn of Howard's passing. I was fortunate to participate in a Litvak trip a few years ago, and it was evident that he was deservedly held in high regard by the Lithuanian Jewish community. May his memory be a blessing.
    Chuck WeinsteinFeb 11 2017 01:16 pm
    My heart is heavy with the passing of Howard Margol. A true friend to all Jewish genealogists, and especially for those with Litvak and Latvian heritage, he will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Lorri M.Feb 11 2017 01:11 pm
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May Howard Margol's memory be for a Loving Blessing.
    Sheldon ClareFeb 11 2017 01:06 pm
    My visit to Lithuania and Belarus was so awesome. To go to the towns where my parents were born, will never be forgotten. May Howard rest in peace.
    Marilen PitlerFeb 11 2017 12:35 pm
    Howard was part of our JewishGen family. He will be missed. Zichrono livracha. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Stanley DiamondFeb 11 2017 12:32 pm
    It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Howard, a long-time leader, researcher, guiding light and colleague in the world of Jewish family history. Those with roots in Lithuania will always be indebted to Howard for leading the way by creating a friendly relationship with the Lithuanian archives and opening up access to records that have been a treasure for genealogists around the world. Howard has left a legacy for all of us to honor. My deepest condolences to Howard's family and friends - may his memory be for a blessing as he has blessed all of us during his lifetime.
    Odile SuganasFeb 11 2017 11:53 am
    It is with great soorow that I just learn Howard loss. I am the daughter of Litvak parents, and like him went to LitŤ many times since 1992. I send my deepest condoleances to his family. I will be with you during these sad days. With my heartful thoughts to the family, Odile Suganas, Paris
    Marilyn NewmanFeb 11 2017 11:48 am
    Esther Dear, My heartfelt sympathy. A dear man and friend for these 20 years since my trip to Lita and Latvia with you in 1996. Take Care, Marilyn Newman
    Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society of W.A.Feb 11 2017 11:40 am
    The Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society of Western Australia sends heartfelt condolences to Howard's family and all who loved and admired him. May his wonderful work be a lasting legacy of his devotion to the recording and sharing of our people's history, and an inspiration to those who continue it. We wish Long Life to his family.
    Bernard GoffenbergFeb 11 2017 11:40 am
    My sincere condolences
    Bill HendrickFeb 11 2017 11:39 am
    So sorry to read about the death of Mr. Margol. I wrote at least one story on the Margol brothers for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Their stories were astonishing. Great fellows. It was an honor to get to know them. Bill
    Nancy LevinFeb 11 2017 11:35 am
    My condolences to all of Howard's family on his recent passing. Howard's tireless efforts on behalf of the Litvak genealogical community helped pave the way for those of us searching for our Lithuanian roots. He will be missed.
    Arthur S. AbramsonFeb 11 2017 11:31 am
    I have for many years much appreciated Howard's productive work on Lithuania.
    Rosalind and Meir RomemFeb 11 2017 11:26 am
    Yehi Zichroh Baruch We had the pleasure of hearing Howard Margol lecture and we emailed a few times, when he was kind enough to help us with queries. He was a wise, interesting and kind man and he will be greatly missed. We send out condolences to his widow and his children. Rosalind and Meir Romem
    Jan Harris RabinowitzFeb 11 2017 11:23 am
    Dear Margol family, I am so saddened to learn of Howard's passing. He was so instrumental in my learning about researching my Lithuanian ancestors. His contributions locally as well as worldwide are many. I haven't been active in the local group in many years, but I remember he and Esther welcoming us into their home for get-togethers. He will be greatly missed. Jan
    Angie ElfassiFeb 11 2017 10:54 am
    I am so very sorry to read about Howard. Always willing to help and with so much information and suggestions. Sincere condolences to his wife and children. He will be greatly missed. Angie Elfassi Israel
    Henny MoŽd RothFeb 11 2017 10:49 am
    I am deeply saddened at the news of Howard Margol's death. Somehow, I expected him to live forever! His devotion to the history of Jewish Lithuanians and his kindness to all of us descendants will remain fresh in my thoughts. May his family be comforted by the love he inspired worldwide.
    Jud PreussFeb 11 2017 10:30 am
    Dear Bruce & Jan, Heartfelt sympathy from Sandy and I. Our deepest condolences to you, your Mother, and your entire family. Keep the fond memories of your Dad close for comfort. Peace and Love!
    Mike PosnickFeb 11 2017 10:28 am
    It is with the deepest regret that I learned of Howard's passing. I first met him at the 1998 IAJGS Conference in Los Angeles and subsequently served with him as an officer and board member of both IAJGS and LivakSIG. He was a mensch, and my genealogical research benefitted greatly from his contacts in Lithuania and his efforts on my behalf. I always had hoped to accompany Howard on one of the trips he led. My condolences to Esther and the entire family. May Howard's memory be for a blessing, and may you be comforted among the mourners of Israel and Jerusalem.
    Brian and Dean Stutz, Toronto CanadaFeb 11 2017 10:17 am
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry we can't be there.. we hope the memories give you strength. Hugs from all of us
    Olga ZabludoffFeb 11 2017 09:56 am
    May you find comfort in knowing that Howard had the respect of all those who knew him in the world of Jewish genealogy. He was a tireless champion in preserving the Litvak legacy. His footprints will always remain.
    Paula BernsteinFeb 11 2017 09:39 am
    Dear Esther - My thoughts are with you and all of the cousins at this time. Strength and prayers for all of you at Howard's passing. May he always be remembered for a blessing. With much love, Paula
    Larry MorrellFeb 11 2017 08:58 am
    Shalom Chaver, Howard was an inspiration to all in the world of Jewish Genealogy. His passing is like the end of an era. His contributions can not be replaced
    Allison HagerFeb 11 2017 08:57 am
    Dear Esther, Your Saint Joseph's family has you in our thoughts this week. Your devotion and care for Howard has been so admirable -- a blessing most could only hope for when they need love the most. My condolences to you and your family.
    Jo KilbournFeb 11 2017 08:55 am
    My deep sympathy to all of you at this time. He was so patient and kind to me as I began my way into Lithuanian genealogy. He urged me to visit the country and it has now become a trip that I am saving for and will someday walk where my ancestors walked.
    Michael BohnenFeb 11 2017 08:26 am
    I met Howard at the 2013 Jewish genealogy conference in Boston. We talked about his service in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division (with my father who was the Division's Jewish Chaplain). Howard was a kind and thoughtful person. May his memory be a blessing.
    Merle KastnerFeb 11 2017 08:07 am
    To Howard's family, Howard's work on behalf of Jewish genealogists researching their Litvak families was exemplary. I was privileged to go to Lithuania with his group in 2006 and saw firsthand his influence with the archivists there. The respect they all held for him was outstanding, highly impressive. My very deepest sympathies to his family, of whom he spoke so highly. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Sidney SincliarFeb 11 2017 07:33 am
    We wish all the family "Long Life" I have used Howard's information many times. My family came from the same Shetle.
    Joe GlassFeb 11 2017 06:05 am
    Thank you Howard for making the impossible possible. Every kindness in every translation bringing back so many who might have been forgotten, are a blessing,along with so many other acts of good.
    Ellen Sadove Renck Feb 11 2017 05:46 am
    His memory truly is a blessing for you, but also for all of us who knew and learned from him. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Michael GoldsteinFeb 11 2017 03:37 am
    Howard was a beacon to all of us researching Lithuanian Jewish Genealogy and a beacon to much broader world. One thought that he would go on forever and it is hard to imagine our world without him. My thoughts to the family on his passing
    Joyaa AntaresFeb 11 2017 02:55 am
    My thoughts, love and sympathies are with Howard's family. He did wonderful genealogical work, from which so many of us benefitted.
    Peter Arnold (Amolsky)Feb 11 2017 02:33 am
    Having long been a member of the Litvak Special Interest Group of JewishGen, I record my appreciation of all that Howard did, enabling me to trace my family back almost 300 years. Through his work, I was able to find AMOLSKY relatives in the US and Israel,as well as in South Africa, where the family name was AMOILS, before my father, unable to find a job in Britain before WWII, changed to ARNOLD, immediately obtaining employment. Howard's family can take great pride in his many achievements. I wish them all long life in good health.
    Judy BastonFeb 11 2017 12:02 am
    Condolences to Esther and Howard's "gantse mishpokhe". Howard's knowledge about and commitment to Litvak history and genealogy has produced a legacy that will never be forgotten. Thank you, Howard. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Sherri (Weinstein) and Jed Abramowitz Feb 10 2017 07:43 pm
    Dear Aunt Esther and family: our sincere condolences. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Sherri and Jed
    Judi Gyory MisselFeb 10 2017 06:52 pm
    In May 2008, we both were part of the research trip to Bad Arolsen, Germany to seek information about our relatives that perished in the Shoah. I remember finding Howard charming and incredibly energetic for someone who was 25 years older than myself. He was a wonderful man. [I have several other images if you are interested. JGM]
    Bo & Michele CulverFeb 10 2017 06:02 pm
    Howard was a wonderful husband, father and friend. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughs and prayers go out to the entire Margol family.
    Barbara(Weinstein) and Joel LuberFeb 10 2017 05:58 pm
    Dear Aunt Esther and family, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Howard. We are sending our love and condolences to you all at this most difficult time. Love, Barbara and Joel Luber
    Deena BertonFeb 10 2017 05:10 pm
    My deepest condolences to Howard's family. I appreciated that he shared his genealogy knowledge widely and helped many people through his volunteer work with LitvakSIG for many years. May his memory be a blessing.
    Egle BendikaiteFeb 10 2017 04:23 pm
    My deepest condolences to the entire family. Howard leaves an indelible legacy that will stay on for generations. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.
    Philip S. ShapiroFeb 10 2017 04:08 pm
    We are very sorry to learn of the loss of Howard Margol, a great mentor, role model, and friend. We also are grateful to him for his many contributions to many Jewish organizations, including his service as a director of many Remembering Litvaks, Inc. May his memory be for a blessing. Phil and Aldona Shapiro
    Gerald HoffmanFeb 10 2017 03:30 pm
    May he Rest In Peace! Prayers for comfort and healing.
    Bobby JacobsFeb 10 2017 02:50 pm
    This makes me so sad. Howard and I really enjoyed traveling with him to Lithuania in 2007. What an interesting man! Howard connected me with many family members through his hard work with Litvak.sig and personal response to my many queries. We were lucky on that trip to also meet his delightful wife, Esther. We think of them often. Bobby and Howard Jacobs
    Shirley HoltonFeb 10 2017 02:44 pm
    Thank you Howard for memories of Lithuania.
    Linda ReismanFeb 10 2017 01:23 pm
    Howard and I are so very sorry to hear of this. We send our condolences and prayers to all the Margol family at this difficult time.
    Carol HoffmanFeb 10 2017 01:01 pm
    My condolences to Esther and the entire family. Howard was loved and revered by many people throughout the world. He carved a path for Jewish genealogy and LitvakSIG with his knowledge, commitment and charm. May he be a blessed memory.
    Grant GochinFeb 10 2017 12:50 pm
    A great man has left us. He will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to the family.
    Dorothy LeiversFeb 10 2017 12:34 pm
    I am very sad to learn of Howard's passing. My thoughts are with the entire family. I know his memory will be a blessing. Howard was wonderful. Charming and often feisty, he shared his knowledge freely and was an excellent teacher. Dorothy Leivers
    Howard Schulman & Cindy bergerFeb 10 2017 12:14 pm
    Our condolences to the whole Margot family
    Steven and Judy FunkFeb 10 2017 11:19 am
    Bruce, Jan and the entire Margol Family, on behalf of the guys and gals of our Birthday Group, we would like to pass on our combined condolences and let you know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Growing up in Atlanta and getting to know the families of our friends makes these occasions even more special to the bond we share and we are all there for you.
    Eden JoachimFeb 10 2017 10:47 am
    I am so sorry to learn of Howard's passing. My thoughts are with the entire family during this very trying time. Please be comforted in knowing Howard had thousands of friends around the world who will miss him deeply. Howard's impact on the Jewish genealogy world and LitvakSIG in particular, is greater than you will ever know. We have lost a giant of a man and a true mensch whose shoes will never be filled.
    Marty Oxman & Family,Charlotte,NCFeb 10 2017 10:40 am
    My condolences to the Margol Family.
    Libby & Craig ViergeverFeb 10 2017 10:16 am
    We are so saddened by the loss of our friend and neighbor, Howard Margol. Howard was nothing but kind, supportive and helpful to us from the moment we moved to the neighborhood. He had such an impact on so many lives. Howard was a great man, friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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