Deerfield synagogue remembers couple killed in derailment
Updated: July 6, 2012 3:56PM
Two members of a Deerfield synagogue are being remembered as “socially conscious” individuals.
Glenview residents Burton Lindner, 69, and Zorine Lindner, 70, were killed July 4 when a train derailed near their home, causing an overpass bridge to collapse on their vehicle.
The Lindners, members of the B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim were known for their involvement in the congregation. The Lindners, who are survived by two children, traveled annually to New Orleans to help rebuild the city as part of the congregation’s mission.
“They were socially conscious. We had a mission to New Orleans that they participated in,” said Arlene Mayzel, operations director at BJBE synagogue. “They’ve been doing it since the hurricane, and they built some great relationships.”
Authorities said the derailment and subsequent bridge collapse occurred at 1:30 p.m. July 4. The bridge collapsed onto Shermer Road near Willow Road in Glenview. According to authorities, the couple’s crushed vehicle was discovered the next morning after coal from train cars and other debris was removed from the accident site.
The Lindners were also well known for their participation in the synagogue’s Shabbat morning Torah study.
“We certainly are very sad. This is a big loss to the congregation,” said Mayzel. “They were an involved couple. We are broken-hearted.”