Leonid Itenberg

Obituary of Leonid Itenberg


ALBANY, NY – Leonid (born Yoni) Itenberg passed at his home in the early morning hours of September 7, 2017 with his wife of nearly seven decades by his side.


Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 in the afternoon on September 10, 2017 at Levine Memorial Funeral Home, 649 Washington, Avenue, Albany, followed by Interment in Temple Israel Cemetery, Guilderland. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to a reception in honor of Leonid at 400 Hudson Ave, Albany and Shiva will be at the residence of Mira Itenberg (Apartment 808) on Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Leonid was born on August 1, 1922 in the City of Romny, Sums'ka oblast, Ukraine, the son of the late Israel and Mariasa Itenberg.  Following graduation from high school in 1940, Leonid attended Military Aviation Technical College. Because of the commencement of World War II on June 22, 1941, he was commissioned an officer before he was able to graduate.  In the military, he served as an avionic mechanic in the Soviet air force. For the duration of the War, Leonid was stationed within 4 kilometers of the Baltic front.


After the War, he married the love of his life, Mira Schwartz, in a wedding celebration that spanned three days (December 4-6, 1947). Leonid also went back to school, graduated from the Polytechnic Institute with a Masters in Electrical Engineering, and finally settled in Leningrad (former Soviet Union) where he and Mira raised two children. Leonid and Mira both worked at a factory engaged in the production of avionics for the Soviet air force, where Leonid served as an assistant manager for one of the factory’s production units.


In the 1980’s their children immigrated to Albany, New York, and Leonid and Mira followed in 1989.  Over the next 28 years, they watched their family grow to include four beautiful grandchildren and six amazing great-grandchildren, with two more on the way in October 2017.


Leonid loved life, was full of joy, and was an eternal optimist. He was a mathematician, an avid chess player, and, more than anything else, cherished spending time with his family. At the time of his death, Leonid and Mira were ninety days shy of celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary.


Leonid is survived by his son, Alexander (Inna) Itenberg, and daughter, Alla (Lev) Smelyansky; his beloved grandchildren, Sonya (Peter) VanBortel, Max (Rachael) Smelyansky, Ilana (Oleg) Urim, and Sarit (Jonathan) Greenblatt; six great-grandchildren, Zachary Louis, Juliet, Aliza, Misha, Maya, and Zachary Aaron; and extended family and devoted friends. Leonid was predeceased in death by his brother Simon (Ida) Itenberg.