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Marvin Zindler (1921-2007)

Marvin Harold Zindler Sr.    
MARVIN HAROLD ZINDLER, SR., a well-known and tenured broadcast journalist, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, the 29th of July 2007. A native Houstonian, Marvin was born on the 10th of August 1921 to the late Abe and Udith Mayer Zindler. After serving in United States Marine Corp, Marvin joined the family's retail clothing business, Zindler's, and then pursued a variety of interests. He served twelve years with the Harris County Sheriff's Department where he started the Consumer Fraud Division during a time when consumer advocacy was very much in need. Following his career in law enforcement, Marvin began his broadcast journalism career with ABC 13 where he served for thirty-five years as the community's consumer advocate. He developed a legacy of providing thoughtful and sincere assistance to those in need; many of whom having found themselves in situations where there was no one else to turn to. Many tributes and stories have detailed Marvin's professional life and his career; and the family is indeed grateful for the many considerate expressions, kind remarks, and professional compliments. In addition to his professional career, Marvin was a 33rd Degree Mason at Temple Lodge No. Four, a member of Congregation Beth Israel, a lifetime member of the Jaycee's, and a member of the Braeburn Country Club. Marvin's passions were his beloved family, his professional life and nurturing the many friendships he developed along the way, and his golf games at Braeburn. He always looked forward to the annual golf tournaments benefiting two organizations very dear to him, the Houston Ear Research Foundation and Houston Eye Associates Foundation. In addition to his parents, Marvin was predeceased in 1997 by his wife of fifty-six years, the late Gertrude Kugler Zindler; and by his brothers, Warren, Sterling, and Abe Zindler. Marvin is survived by his wife, Niki Divine Zindler; daughter, Helen Zindler Rodgers and husband Mike of Katy; sons, Marvin Zindler, Jr. and wife Linda of Kingwood, Donny Zindler of Houston, Mark Zindler and wife June of Tyler, and Dan Zindler of Houston; grandchildren, Courtney, Shay, Kelli, Aaron, Lauren, Leslie, Seth, Austin, and Adam; great-grandson, Aiden; and by his brother, Kenneth and wife Lu of Houston. He is also survived by Niki's children, Andrea Gale, Jeffery Gale and wife Janie, Bruce Gale, and Matthew Gale; all of Las Vegas, Nevada. The family desires to express their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the nursing staff at The Methodist Hospital and to the nursing staff at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Palliative and Symptom Control Unit for their dedicated and loving care provided to Marvin. In addition, the family offers their deep gratitude to Dr.s Robert Wolff and Nada Fadul. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from three o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 31st of July, in the Parlor of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The funeral service will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 1st of August, in the temple of Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood Boulevard in Houston, where Senior Rabbi David A. Lyon, Cantor Robert M. Gerber, Dr. Kirby John Caldwell, Pastor Joel Osteen, and the Rev. Dr. William A. Lawson will serve as officiants. The entombment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Gardens, 1111 Antoine Road in Houston. Honored to serve as casketbearers during the services include Joe Agris, Bob Dows, Henry Florsheim, Dr. Harvey Fodell, Jeffrey Gale, Dr. Louis Green, Tom Magliaro, and Robert Pelton. Serving as honorary pallbearers include Harold Weisenthal, Larry Barbanel, Sam Spritzer, Dave Strickland, Don Clark, Pino Farinola, Adriano Farinola, Ralph Williams, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas, as well as all of Marvin's Angels. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family suggests contributions in memory of Marvin be directed to the Marvin H. Zindler, Sr. Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in care of Dr. Robert Wolff, MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486.


Published in the Houston Chronicle from 7/31/2007 - 8/1/2007.

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