Arnold Thaler passed away peacefully on September 12, 2022 at 99-years of age in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. having lived a full and meaningful life. He was born on March 10, 1923 in Jersey City, NJ the youngest of three children born to Louis and Cecilia Thaler. His sister, Ethel Bernstein, and brother, Jack Thaler, predeceased him.

Arnold married Elinore Grossman on November 12, 1944 and they were together for 67-years until Elinore’s passing in 2014. Over the years, they lived in New York City, Ossining, N.Y., Highland Park, Illinois, and Long Boat Key, Florida.

Arnold and Elinore had three children, Lillian Thaler Lewis (Alan Gerber Lewis (d. 2003)); Martin Thaler (Lisa); and Lauren Thaler (William S. Null). Arnold and Elinore had three grandchildren: Danielle, Evan and Henry, and three great grandchildren: Eden, Tal and Lily.

Arnold’s passing is mourned by his immediate family: Lillian Lewis, Martin and Lisa Thaler; Lauren Thaler and William S. Null; Danielle and Yaniv Ben-David and their children, Eden, Tal and Lily; Evan Thaler-Null and Samantha Alibrando; and Henry Thaler and Jessica Broutt.

Arnold was a big-hearted, intelligent, generous and loving person deeply involved in the world around him and genuinely caring about his family and friends. His career spanned service during World War II as an Officer and Navigator in the U.S. Air Force, as well as a successful business career as an Executive with National Silver, EKCO Products Company, American Home Products Corporation, and Thaler ViewMaster Limited Partnership, LLC. He helped to establish and served in leadership on the boards of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Moriah Congregation.

Arnold was well read and loved traveling the world to experience other cultures. He was actively involved in philanthropic and cultural activities, played tennis into his 90’s enjoyed opera and was a Yankees’ fan. His involvement with causes dear to him and people around him was deep and heart-felt. His warmth, intelligent insight and desire to be supportive was strong throughout his long life. Those whose lives he touched were grateful to have him by their sides. Through it all, he built a wide circle of caring friends and loving family all of whom mourn his passing as we celebrate his remarkable life and carry forward his legacy.

May his memory be a blessing to all those whose lives he touched.

Donations in his memory may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. –

Private graveside service. Please attend via livestream, Thursday, 3:30 PM. For information, to leave condolences and a link to view the service: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home (847) 255-3520 or

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Service : Thursday, September 15th at 3:30 pm
Service Location: Private Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand RoadArlington Heights

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