Jerome Aronberg, 82, Cofounder Of Diane Furs

Posted: June 09, 2000

Jerome "Jerry" Aronberg, 82, a longtime South Jersey furrier and cofounder of Diane Furs in Maple Shade, died of cancer Tuesday at his Cherry Hill home.

He had lived in Cherry Hill for 35 years and previously lived in Pennsauken and Camden. He was born in Philadelphia.

Mr. Aronberg founded Diane Furs with Pasquale Priore in 1949 on Broadway in Camden. The business was named after the goddess of the hunt.

In 1972, the business moved to Route 38 in Maple Shade. Priore retired in 1989.

Mr. Aronberg, a furrier for more than 60 years, previously worked for Cohen Furs in Philadelphia. He worked at Diane Furs until becoming ill.

He was known among his customers for his jokes and the mink pens and special cards he gave out, said Carol Aronberg, his daughter. "He was an incredible guy, and he loved life."

Mr. Aronberg was a World War II Navy veteran.

He had been a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 35 in Pennsauken.

He was a longtime member of Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill.

He was a member of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international eating club; the Square Circle Fishing Club in Gibbsboro, the New Jersey Fish and Game Association, and the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill.

He was a graduate of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra Kouser Aronberg; a son, Craig; a daughter, Carol; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday under the direction of Platt Memorial Chapels Inc., Cherry Hill. Entombment was in Crescent Burial Park, Pennsauken.

Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, N.J. 08053, or to Congregation M'kor Shalom, 850 Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08003.

S. Joseph Hagenmayer's e-mail address is jhagenmayer@phillynews.com

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