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Obituary for Emanuel M. Strumpf

Manny Strumpf passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 while on vacation in Montreal Canada of natural causes. He was 88. Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1935 Manny Strumpf lived with his wife Phyllis in Milford, CT for over 50 years before relocating to Monroe Township, NJ 14 years ago to be closer to his family. He spent his winters in Deerfield Beach, Florida and recently moved to the Five Star Senior Living community in Teaneck, NJ.

He was an historian, lecturer, author of four murder mystery books, gave VIP tours of Ellis Island to some of the most famous politicians, athletes, and actors of his time such as Mary Tyler Moore, Dolly Parton, Danny and Marlo Thomas, Vanna White, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays. In his life’s work, he also rubbed elbows with Al Gore, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Colin Powel, Lee Iacocca, Barbara Walters, and many, many more. All of these individuals were touched by his genuine sincerity and authenticity. His crowning achievement was appearing on an Episode of 20/20 during Prime Time on ABC with Tom Jeril and Barbara Walters on a scaffold prior the reopening of the Statue of Liberty

A graduate of NYU, Manny Strumpf started his career as a journalist and later a Bureau Chief for the New Haven Register where he covered Milford, Connecticut. He followed that with a successful Public Relations career, first as owner of Manny Strumpf Associates in Orange Connecticut, culminating with his position as Public Affairs Director for the National Parks Service, Department of Anterior where he retired after 20 years.
Throughout his life, he was involved in many philanthropic and community-oriented programs including holding the office of president of the Milford, Connecticut chapter of the Kiwanis Club, a member of Congregation Beit Shalom, In Monroe, NJ and Temple Beth Israel in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was also a former longtime member of Congregation Or Shalom, in Orange, CT.

Manny Strumpf was predeceased by his loving wife Phyllis who he was married to for over 56 years, and his parents Ben and Jenny Strumpf. And his aunt Fannie Strumpf. Surviving are his loving children Lori Dritz and her husband Ron of Poughkeepsie, NY and Jeff Strumpf of Springfield, NJ; and his 4 cherished grandchildren: Scott Dritz, Beth Strumpf and her Fiancé Jiancy, as well as Justin Strumpf. Manny is also survived by Suzie Werner, his loving partner of eight years who was with him during his last moments, and by many adoring friends from wherever he lived and traveled. He touched the lives of everyone with whom he came into contact.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 20, at the William G. Miller Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie, New York, followed by interment at Sharon Gardens, Valhalla, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Shir Chadash, LaGrangeville, NY where an educational scholarship has been established in his memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc.