Michael Weingarten, 77, passed away in a car accident on May 1, 2023 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Michael is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Weingarten, his children, Nicole Zussman (spouse Ron Zussman and Matt Weingarten (spouse Katka Petrikova), and his grandchildren Noah and Max Zussman and Sarah and Phineas Weingarten. He is also survived by his brothers Barry and Howie Weingarten and his sister-in-laws Randy Kurjan and Martha Hughes and brother-in-law David Kurjan.
Mike was born in Philadelphia, PA and met his wife, Janet, the love of his life, when they were 14 years old and sat next to each other in 9th grade English class. They started dating in 10th grade and married a month after their College Graduation. They settled in the Washington DC Metro area where he began his career at IBM. His job eventually took the family to England where they were introduced to a life of travel and adventure. Mike lived life to its fullest, loved to tell a story and laugh at his own jokes. He enjoyed nothing better than sharing in a delicious meal with family and friends and always wanted to learn about what others were doing. A true family man, Mike was the patriarch of the extended family whose favorite holiday was Thanksgiving where he loved carving the turkey and bringing everyone together for lots of love and laughter. His pride and joy were his grandchildren who adored spending time with their Pop-Pop.
Mike and Janet semi-retired to Hilton Head, South Carolina where he embarked on a second career with Learning Tree International as well as becoming involved in multiple volunteer activities including Treasurer of Backpack Buddies. He was deeply involved with the Beth Yam synagogue where he served on many committees and was President and Treasurer. Mike built a large community of friends wherever he was, and enjoyed playing golf, card games, and hosting a party. He was a master gardener who never tired of puttering around the yard taking care of his plants and flowers.
Mike was buried in Hilton Head on May 4, 2023. The family has requested donations to Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head or Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Michael
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at The Island Funeral Home & Crematory