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Felix Leon Kirszenbaum

January 16, 1940November 15, 2020

Felix Leon Kirszenbaum passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Felix was born to Ella Winiki Krszenbaum and Guido Kirszenbaum of Ruca Malen, Argentina in 1940. He went on to attend the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Berlin where he studied languages before serving in the US Military stationed at Fort Jackson. After his discharge from the Army, he became an American citizen and married Linda Corley of Lexington, SC in 1965. He was a Co-Owner and Operator of Corley Brothers Lumber Company and took immense pride in the design and construction of decks, docks and playground structures. He also worked for the Columbia Housing Authority and, after retirement, he found great joy working as an interpreter for court systems across South Carolina. In addition, he loved his time volunteering with The Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program working with Hispanic students. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and he enjoyed classical music, opera and chess. He was a voracious reader with an intense love of learning and enjoyed having discussions with valued friends. He had a ridiculously dry sense of humor, up until the very end of his life. He loved his family dearly, and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Noelle Kirszenbaum Kim and son-in-law, Michael Tracey Holley. He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Linda Corley Kirszenbaum; his daughter, Britt Holley Collins (Jeff); his former son-in-law, Matt Kim and grandchildren, Jacob Holley, Lindsay Holley, Corley Collins, Lola Kim and Matilda Kim.

A graveside service will be held for immediate family only.

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Hal Turner

November 22, 2020

Linda ... Carolette and I treasure the times we have spent with you and Felix ... the conversations, the food, wines and especially the shared appreciation with Felix for the finer things will remain indelibly on our minds ... I fondly recall an evening when after dinner Felix and I were sharing an especially good single malt scotch ... when he declined my offer for a refill, he simply said "this is the nectar of the gods" as we laughed heartily in agreement and said our Goodnight wishes ... we held Felix in very high regard and will miss him, as we all take comfort in our great memories of Felix ... Linda you and all your family are upper most in our thoughts and prayers ... you have a lifetime of great memories and warm love of Felix ... warmest regards and love from Carolette and Hal Turner

Jane Lawther

November 22, 2020

Thinking of you, Linda, with fond memories. What a fine review of Felix' life. Sending hugs and love.

Tracey Hagerty

November 20, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Felix's passing. He was one of the most interesting people I've known. Sending you love and prayers at this special time.

Will Harmon

November 18, 2020

Felix was undoubtedly one of the most fascinating conversationalists I’ve ever encountered. I am proud to have known this amazing man, and I regret not having had hours and hours of time in his presence.

TINA PATERACKI

November 18, 2020

It was with great sadness that I learned of Felix's passing. I will always cherish the many good times that we shared as he and Linda welcomed me into their home. Whether it was sitting under the trees enjoying happy hour, relaxing in front of the fire with our favorite beverages, or enjoying our regular Lexington dinner spots, Felix always provided fascinating conversation and cogent information, usually delivered with his signature dry wit. Ever the Southern gentleman, he always insured that everything from the evening dessert to morning coffee and breakfast was perfect before Linda and I left for work. My life is so much richer for having known Felix. I will certainly miss him. I am forever grateful for having been allowed to spend time with him and the wonderful Kirszenbaum family. To Linda, Britt and family, please know if you need anything, I am here. Sending love...

Judge Brian Jeffcoat

November 18, 2020

Felix will be profoundly missed not only for his great kindness and deep intellect but for his boundless love for his family and friends. It truly was a pleasure to work with him in Court for many years. I know, along with many other members of the South Carolina Judiciary family, Felix was appreciated for everything he did to ensure fair trials and hearings across the State. I am grateful to have known such man with a brilliant mind and infectious happiness. Rest In Peace, my friend, and my deepest and sincerest condolences to all of his family and friends.

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