Obituary: Arnold Katinsky

Obituary: Arnold Katinsky

He worked on Army codes in the Pacific during World War II, then had a long career in radio marketing.

Arnold “Arnie” Henry Katinsky, age 89, died peacefully at his home Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Katinsky; sons and daughters-in-law Jonathan (Sheri) Katinsky, David (Paula) Katinsky, Matthew (Nola) Katinsky and Michael Katinsky; grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Nicholas, Daniel, Hannah and Joseph Katinsky; nephew Steve Schreiber; niece Mickie Roux; goddaughter Julia Maynard; and a legion of extended family, friends and loved ones.

Born in Ardmore, Pa., Arnie was raised above his father’s drugstore and soda fountain, where he developed a love for ice cream that he indulged throughout his life. He served as a U.S. Army cipher stationed in the Pacific during World War II and later graduated from Temple University. For more than 40 years, he had a notable career in radio marketing and promotion, working for major stations including WIP in Philadelphia and WNEW in New York City. In 1975 he moved with his family to Atlanta, where he served as marketing and promotions director for WGST and WPCH until his retirement in 1998.

Throughout his adult life, he was an active participant in the Jewish community, serving as the president of Temple Shalom in Matawan, N.J., and later holding offices in congregations in Summit, N.J., and Bayshore, Long Island. Most recently, he served as an officer and board member of Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs. He also edited the congregational bulletin for 20 years, gaining fame for his annual Purim satires.

Sign the online guestbook at The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, with Rabbi Ronald Segal officiating; burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to Temple Sinai’s Kesher Fund or to Weinstein Hospice. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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