Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Stacy Dresner0
Samuel Kreiger, age 87 of Bridgeport, Conn. and Naples, Fla. died peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital on Sunday March 25, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Kreiger was born in Derby, Conn., a son of the late Louis and Diana Kreiger. After graduating from Shelton High School in1940, he attended the Hopkins School in New Haven and the University of Connecticut before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a meteorologist in 1943-1945. He was president of A. Kreiger, Inc., in Shelton, a business started by his grandfather in 1902. He was a founding member and served on the board of Beth Israel Synagogue Center in Derby, as well as the boards of the Shelton Savings and Loan and the National Retail Merchants Association. In Naples, he was a member of Temple Shalom. In both Connecticut and Florida, he was devoted to a variety of local and national charitable causes. Sam was the beloved husband of 67 years to Elaine C. Kreiger. He was the cherished father of Michael (Shelley G.) Kreiger of Trumbull, Conn., Barbara Kreiger (Alan Lelchuk) of Hanover, N.H., Nancy Kreiger (Nahum Sloan) of Toronto, Canada, and Arthur Kreiger (Rebecca Benson) of Belmont, Mass. He was the loving grandfather of nine: Adam Kreiger, who predeceased him, Rachel (Rich) Albert, Sarah (Marc) Damelin, Deborah (Adam) Rosenzweig, Saul Lelchuk, Daniel Lelchuk, Hannah Kreiger-Benson, Elana Kreiger-Benson, Adin Kreiger-Benson; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Kreiger was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Harriet and Sherman Greenberg, and is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Leo Vine. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 26. Shiva will be observed Saturday evening after 8 p.m. at the Kreiger residence in Turmbull. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be gratefully accepted by the Adam Kreiger Fund (18 Inverness Road, Trumbull, CT 06611), the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation or The New Israel Fund. The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.