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1925 John 2022

John Gustave Leinung

April 30, 1925 — December 17, 2022

Armonk, NY

John G. Leinung, aged 97, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away in his sleep Saturday, December 17, 2022 after a short hospital stay. A talented commercial artist, John worked in the Art Department of the New York Times for 38 years until he retired in 1988. While at The Times he won several awards for his work, including: Award of Excellence, Society of Newspaper Design, Fourth Edition 1982-83 Awards Competition; Award of Excellence, Society of Newspaper Design, Fourth Edition 1982-83 Awards Competition; and Third Place, Informational Graphics, Non-spot News, New York State Associated Press Association Graphics Contest, 1993, for "The Drama Behind the Opera".

John served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, stationed mostly at Floyd Bennet Field, then qualified for Officer Training which he received while earning a Bachelor's Degree at Duke University, transferring to the Naval Reserves at the end of the war with the rank of Ensign. He resumed studies he had begun before the war at Pratt Institute, in illustration, where he met his future wife of 70 years, Bertha Schlickman.

A talented artist in the media of watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, and an avid sailor, John combined his loves of art and the sea to become expert at the techniques of crafting ships-in-a bottle, creating a number of depictions of ships from the Golden Age of Sail.

John was known to his family, friends, and co-workers for his love of classical music, old movies, moral philosophy, and sense of humor, which combined a love of silliness with an unparalleled ability to laugh at himself.

The son of immigrants, born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, John is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bertha Dora Schlickman of White Plains, and his children: John (Elaine) Leinung, Mark (Jill) Leinung, and Matthew (Cynthia Miller) Leinung; seven grandchildren: Daniel (Kellie) Leinung, Kristen (Kevin) Cook, Andrew (Erica Drennan) Leinung, Eric Leinung, Brinton Leinung, Kathryn (Ross) Glickman, and Caroline Leinung, and four great-grandchildren: Benjamin Leinung, Lydia Cook, Jackson Leinung and Alice Leinung. He was pre-deceased by his step-grandson, Paul Battaglia. All will miss their "Opa."


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John G. Leinung, aged 97, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away in his sleep Saturday, December 17, 2022 after a short hospital stay. A talented commercial artist, John worked in the Art Department of the New York Times for 38 years until he retired in 1988. While at The Times he won several industry awards for his graphics work.

John served in the U.S. Navy in WWII, stationed mostly at Floyd Bennet Field, then qualified for Officer Training which he received while earning a Bachelor's Degree at Duke University, transferring to the Naval Reserves at the end of the war with the rank of Ensign. He resumed studies he had begun before the war at Pratt Institute, in illustration, where he met his future wife of 70 years, Bertha Schlickman.

A talented artist in the media of watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, and an avid sailor, John combined his loves of art and the sea to become expert at the techniques of crafting ships-in-a bottle, creating a number of depictions of ships from the Golden Age of Sail.

John was known to his family, friends, and co-workers for his love of classical music, old movies, moral philosophy, and sense of humor, which combined a love of silliness with an unparalleled ability to laugh at himself.

The son of immigrants, born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, John is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bertha Dora Schlickman of White Plains, and his children: John (Elaine) Leinung, Mark (Jill) Leinung, and Matthew (Cynthia Miller) Leinung; seven grandchildren: Daniel (Kellie) Leinung, Kristen (Kevin) Cook, Andrew (Erica Drennan) Leinung, Eric Leinung, Brinton Leinung, Kathryn (Ross) Glickman, and Caroline Leinung, and four great-grandchildren: Benjamin Leinung, Lydia Cook, Jackson Leinung and Alice Leinung. He was pre-deceased by his step-grandson, Paul Battaglia. All will miss their "Opa."

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