Edgar ‘Eddie’ Edinger: Presente

September 8th, 1919 – April 13th, 2018

A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM  at Emerson Unitarian Church, 7304 Jordan Avenue, Canoga Park 91303

Edgar (Eddie) Edinger was born in Budapest, Hungary, and moved to Vienna, Austria, in early childhood. He grew up in Vienna, and always considered himself Austrian. In 1938, when Hitler took over Austria, he was 18, Jewish and prime draft age. He went to Switzerland, where he stayed for more than a year, giving him an abiding affection for Switzerland.

He and his mother were able to immigrate to the United States, sailing on the last ship to leave France before the war began. He enlisted in the US Army <https://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/army/?personid=188773256&affiliateID=91>  and volunteered for overseas duty. The Army sent him to India, where he spent the remainder of the war years. Upon his return to the US in 1946, he moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life. He spent more than 10 years working in the clothing industry and helped organize unions in some of the shops where he worked. He later was employed by the LA Department of Water and Power, until his retirement in 1980.

Eddie was a proud member of Veterans For Peace and of his union (IBEW, Local 18).

He was active in a number of other groups working for peace, social justice, and the environment, including the Unitarian Church, the ACLU and the Sierra Club. He loved folk music, both playing it and hearing it. He sang and played the guitar, and was a founding member of Songmakers, since their beginning in Griffith Park. He sang in the Swiss singing society Harmonie for more than 25 years. Having grown up in Austria, he loved the mountains, and continued to ski into his 80s.

Eddie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Iris, his daughter Karen Edinger Belkic (Dzevad), his sons Steven (Maricruz) and Evan (Jennifer), and six grandsons (his “”raskie-boys””) ranging in age from 23 to 10. Eddie passed away peacefully with his wife and son by his side. Everyone remembers Eddie for his friendliness, cheerfulness and his love of all that life has to offer.

A celebration of Eddie’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at Emerson Unitarian Church, 7304 Jordan Avenue, Canoga Park, 91303. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are requested for Veterans For Peace or to an organization of one’s choice. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?pid=188773256

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