Dr. Kurt Tintner, Saginaw, Michigan
Bonnie Lou Brady
Passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Age 102 years. Dr.Tintner was born on July 2, 1906 in Breslau, Germany. He married Irene Weissenberg in 1934. She predeceased him on May 16, 1973. After studying law at Breslau, Heidelberg, and Berlin Universities, he practiced law in Breslau before the war and persecution against the Jews began. He and his wife were also concert musicians, she a pianist and he a violinist, who performed throughout Germany. He also was Concertmaster of the Jewish Culture League Symphony. Dr. Tintner was a survivor of the Holocaust in Germany. He was interred at Buchenwald Concentration Camp near Weimer where he suffered extreme pain and torment and endured many hardships. After his wife was successful in getting him released, they emigrated and settled in what was then Palestine (now the State of Israel), where they performed concerts for the British. Occupation forces. Upon entering the United States in 1948, they continued their lives in Saginaw, Michigan, sharing their music with the community. Dr. Tintner was the Conductor-Director of Germania Symphony Orchestra and Maennerchor & Ladies Chorus, for 33 years. He taught private violin study to students, was a Professor of Music at Delta College, and an Adjunct Professor of German for 25 years at Saginaw Valley State University. He established the Germania Talent Quest Contest for area student musicians, and the Irene Tintner Piano Competition for College Piano Performance students. In 1988, he was awarded the Cross of Merit First Class - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Tintner was a beloved member of Congregation Beth El of Saginaw. Surviving are his dedicated and very special friend, Jack Schmerheim, cousin Eva Hay of Australia and many close and dear friends. Dr. Tintner’s Funeral Service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State), Rabbi Yisroel Weingarten officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will take place Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorials to Saginaw Jewish Welfare Federation, 141 Harrow Lane, Saginaw, MI 48683. Please share your thoughts and memories at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.