Milton S. Augenblick

January 10, 1923January 26, 2014

Milton S. Augenblick, 91, of Somerset, NJ died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to Samuel and Mildred (Zekind) Augenblick. He joined the US Army and proudly defended his country during World War II. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the American Service Medal, the Gold Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and a Bronze Star. Milton attended college in Montana with the US Army, and then shipped overseas. While overseas he sustained an injury which landed him in a Paris hospital for a week and a half. Milton then attended Queens College in Ireland with the US Army. After he was honorably discharged in 1946, he played semi-pro baseball, and was offered a contract with a Minor League team, however, he chose instead to attend Columbia University for Architecture and to start a family.

Mr. Augenblick worked with Edward Durell Stone in New York City as an Senior Associate until the mid-1970s, when he began his own Architectural company, where he worked until retiring five years ago. During this time he lived in Washington Heights, Paramus, Wayne, and finally Somerset where he has lived for the past seven years. Mr. Augenblick was an avid handball player and former state champion, was a member of the A.I.A. (American Institute of Architects), and was a member and past commander of the Augenblick-Marcus Jewish War Veterans Post 669 of Paramus, which was named for his brother.

He was the beloved husband for 65 years of Eleanor Augenblick (nee Schall); loving father of Barbara Augenblick and her partner Ethan Brook of Cliffside Park, NJ, Andrea Augenblick of Hackensack, NJ, and Meryl Finkelstein and her husband Robert of Mendham, NJ; devoted grandfather of Brian, Jenna, and Laura Finkelstein.

Memorial donations may be made in Milton’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (, PO Box 4527 New York, NY 10163.

A funeral service will take place promptly at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Interment to follow at King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, NJ. The family of Mr. Augenblick will greet friends for the hour prior to the service.

Please take a moment to sign this online guestbook. You may leave a note for the family or perhaps a memory you would like to share. A Virtual Candle may also be placed in the guestbook if you wish. We at Gutterman-Musicant wish to express our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the mourners for your support during this difficult time.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Andy Wrubel

February 12, 2014

I will miss Milt's stories and just being around him. Truly and inspiration to us all, playing handball into his 90s.

Andy Wrubel

Vincent Marchese

February 7, 2014

Milton (Uncle Milty) I'm glad I got to know you and it was always a pleasure playing handball with you.

Baru? Dayan HaEmet

Vincent T Marchese

February 3, 2014

Dear Meryl, Andy, Barbara and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Milt's passing. We have such wonderful memories of a great 45 year friendship that we shall miss dearly. It was a blessing to have your Father as our friend. Fran and Arnis Kohn. Wayne, N.J.

February 3, 2014

Milt was a great guy, and we will miss him at handball.

Joel Studebaker
Princeton, NJ

Lori Trachtenberg

January 31, 2014

Meryl, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Take comfort in the fact that your friends and family are here with you. It sounds like your father was an amazing man, you were very lucky to have him as your Dad. And I know awesome Dad's!

Steve Kohn

January 30, 2014

Your father was truly an exceptional human being. He was friendly, warmhearted, generous, and always had a smile for everyone. He was a great friend and an example for all. It was the world's gain to have had him in it for 91 years.

Sheila Stamiris

January 28, 2014

Dearest Meryl and family. I didn't know your father well, but I do know the good character and compassion of you, Meryl, his daughter. What a fine man he was! Our thoughts are with you and your family as you go through these holy days. Celebrate the memories and laughter you will share with friends and family. All our best to you -- Lynn and Sheila

Elizabeth Allen

January 28, 2014

Meryl and family,

I have heard so many warm, loving and fun stories of your father. As you grieve your loss, may the fond memories of such a wonderful man help you get through this difficult time.

Love, Liz Allen