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Full Name: Ernst Heilbrunn M. D.
Date of Death: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Ernst Heilbrunn formerly of Ridgefield, Franklin Lakes, and Lawrenceville, NJ, passed away in Florida on Wednesday, June 23 at the age of 86.  He was born in Germany and, at the age of 4, moved with his family to Washington Heights, New York.  After graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School, he attended City College of New York earning a degree in Engineering and embarking on his first career with Kearfott in Little Falls, NJ.  He served with the Army National Guard 102B Engineering Battalion 42 Infantry Division.  He was most proud of his highest educational achievement obtaining a degree from Columbia University Medical School.  He enjoyed a lengthy career at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, from which he retired after 36 years of service.  He was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and a Charter Member of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  During leisure time, Ernie appreciated food, wine, museums, Broadway shows and travel.

Ernie is survived by his daughters Cheryl (husband John Zanone) and Diana (husband Jeff Teitel) along with grandchildren Greg, Sarah, Sam, Brian, Robert, and Michelle.  He is also survived by the mother of his children, Sandra Lewis, and his lifelong friend, Robert Florsheim.

Memorial donations may be made to the Class of 1967 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund either online to https://medicine.givenow.columbia.edu/?alloc=33314# (in the comment section the donor can include ‘in memory of Ernst Heilbrunn, MD) or mailed to Class of 1967 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, Columbia University, Office of Development, 516 West 168th St., 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10032.  






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  1. Gail Hofmann

    Cheryl, Diana & Sandy, I was so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a very special neighbor and a good friend to my Dad. We have lots of good memories from your time on Linden Avenue. May his memory be a blessing.

    • Cheryl Zanone

      Hi Gail,
      Thank you for your kind words and remembrance. Dad loved your family, too! He considered himself so fortunate to have you as neighbors and always spoke about missing the holiday stollen.
      We hope all is well for you.



  2. Peter Yi,MD

    I have wonderful memories with Ernie attending many dinners in NYC and Princeton, over 15 years. He had wonderful sense of humor, love of good food, music and dancing. I attended a Passover Seder at his house in Lawrenceville and he was master of ceremony. He was a gentle soul with wonderful smile. Alice and I will miss him so much.

  3. Harold German

    I was sorry to learn about the passing of Ernie. I was a classmate at Columbia Med School. He was a lovely person. Always a pleasure to talk to, smart, interested in everything going on, humble. A great supporter of the med school. Condolences to the family

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