2016-11-23 / Obituaries

Howard Lindemann

Howard C. Lindemann, 105, of Heath Village, Hackettstown, NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

He is predeceased by his parents, Helen and Henry O. Lindemann; a sister, Eleanor Pearson; a nephew, John Pearson and beloved wife Elinor Lindemann (nee Coe). He is survived by his loving family: daughter Barbara Kluthe (Robert), grand-daughter Laura Iwanski (Joseph), grandson Douglas Kluthe, great granddaughter Christina Iwanski, great grandson Maximilian Iwanski, nieces Cynthia Berg and Joan Grainger, nephew Phelps Pearson, and grand-nephews Christopher Berg and Eric Berg.

Howard was born on Staten Island in 1911 and was a 1928 graduate of The Staten Island Academy (SIA). He went on to Lafayette College and was a graduating member of the college’s 100th graduating class of 1932. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Optical Physics and Chemistry from Cornell University in 1934.

After graduation, during the Depression, Howard worked for Mann Instruments at Harvard University and constructed measuring equipment for the National Bureau of Standards.

He worked for the National Electric Instrument Company on Long Island prior to World War II. Although qualified for an Army commission at the start of the war, he was deferred due to the critical nature of his work in setting up optics that were used on B-17 bomb-sights, binoculars, and medical instruments. National Electric was known as one of the most important optical manufacturers of the war.

In 1949, Howard started Lindly & Co. in Mineola and was the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. They made optical and technical equipment for microscopes, equipment for textile quality control and yarn inspectors used in the medical field. Other patents included the Narrow Material Inspector, the Electro Tense, and the Scan Inspector. Lindly was the first company to design such equipment, with sales throughout Europe. He sold the company in 1998.

In 1953, Howard married fellow ski-enthusiast Elinor Coe and moved to Westbury, Long Island. He was a member of the L.I. Ski Club and later a member of the 70+, 80+, and 90+ Ski Clubs. He skied his last time at the age of 94, with his great-granddaughter at Shawnee in Pennsylvania.

In 1965 he drew up plans for a log cabin in Phoenicia, and eventually oversaw the construction. His family continues to enjoy fishing and skiing there.

In 1998, he retired and moved with wife Elinor to Heath Village in Hackettstown, NJ, where he was able to continue his love of gardening, hiking, fishing, carpentry, and skiing.

His beloved wife Elinor passed away in 2005 after a happy marriage of 52 years.

Howard was a wonderful man; kind, wise, admired, and loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

A memorial service will be held on December 10 at Heath Village in Washington Township, NJ.

Interment will be private at the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island.

Arrangements are by Cochran Funeral Home, Inc. 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection (www.catskillanglingcollection.org), Phoenicia Library, PO Box 222, Shandaken, NY 12480 or the New England Ski Museum, (www.newenglandskimuseum.org).

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