Kurt Willner

May 29, 1923 ~ April 5, 2020 (age 96)


WILLNER, Kurt, of Wakefield, RI, formerly of Cranston, RI, entered into rest on April 5, 2020 at 96 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Willner. Devoted father of Yaffa Willner of Brighton, MA; and Michael Willner of Lorton, Virginia. Loving son of the late Margit and Chaim Willner. Cherished grandfather of Madeleine Willner and Zachary Willner.

Kurt was a Holocaust survivor, who emigrated to Palestine at the age 15. He met and married his wife, Joyce, also a Holocaust survivor in 1948. The family moved to Rhode Island in 1957. He owned a successful costume jewelry factory in Warren, RI.

He was beloved by everyone who knew him for his kindness, sense of humor, and moral integrity. He loved life, and lived every day to it’s fullest. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service in Kurt’s memory was recently held. Shiva will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kurt’s memory may be made to The US Holocaust Memorial Museum or Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA.


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