|Meckler family in 1915 New York State census; next to last is "Abie"|
From what I was told, Zadie (Yiddish for "grandfather") grew up in a very conservative, traditional Orthodox family. The two photos I have of his grandparents bear that out, but the one photo I have of his father shows a man with short hair and no head covering. I don't know if that photo was taken in Europe or in the United States, so maybe the photo was taken here and he became less observant once he immigrated.
I do not have nearly the number of photos of my grandfather that I do of my grandmother. The earliest one is from his bar mitzvah, which presumably took place in 1925, when he turned 13.
Later in life Zadie had heart problems. He contracted leukemia from a blood tranfusion he received after a heart attack. His health slowly worsened, but he held on until he and my grandmother had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, with a big family reunion in Las Vegas, where Bubbie and Zadie had lived for many years. He passed away about a month later.
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