Linda Feinberg, recent president of Montgomery Mutual, an 898-unit cooperative at Leisure World of Maryland, died at home on Friday, September 11. She was 75 and suffered from congestive heart failure.
A retired newspaper reporter, food writer, and science fund-raiser, Ms. Feinberg headed the largest residential area at Leisure World from 2018 until she resigned because of ill health last month. The community, for residents over age 55, is located in Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Feinberg was a board member of the cooperative for the past seven years and also served on the board of the entire Leisure World community. She edited the co-op newsletter for almost a decade and also wrote a column of restaurant reviews, called Out to Lunch, for the Leisure World News.
Ms. Feinberg was born in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of a nurse and a newspaper reporter. She was raised in Long Branch at the New Jersey Shore and worked for almost a decade as a reporter and feature writer for the Asbury Park (NJ) Press. She moved to the Washington area in 1973 after marrying Lawrence Feinberg, who was a reporter for the Washington Post. The couple divorced in 1997 but remained close afterwards.
During the 1970s and 1980s, as she raised four children, she wrote occasional restaurant reviews for the Post, called Family Out, that were aimed at families with young children.
Later, Ms. Feinberg worked over a decade on fund-raising and education programs at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. She lived in the Cleveland Park and Chevy Chase sections of the District, and in Chevy Chase, MD before moving to Leisure World in 2010. Articulate, irreverent, and often humorous, she also was a concise and nimble writer and became an adept politician.
She had an extensive knowledge of cooking, collected several hundred cookbooks, and was a frequent contributor to cooking blogs of the New York Times. As a reviewer for the Leisure World News, her columns included a widely-noted evaluation of the food offered to patients at Medstar Montgomery Hospital to which she had been admitted after a small stroke. She recommended sticking to staples such as macaroni and cheese and avoiding anything that sought to be gourmet.
Ms. Feinberg was a graduate of Monmouth University, of West Long Branch, NJ, and a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation. She cared deeply for her children and grandchildren and a wide network of friends.
Surviving are two daughters, Susan Feinberg, of Arlington, VA, and Emily Ugelow, of Wilmington, DE; two sons, Daniel, of Scotia, NY, and David, of Washington, DC; seven grandchildren; and her former husband, Lawrence, also of Washington.
Memorial contributions may be made to A Wider Circle of Montgomery County, Meals on Wheels of Wheaton, and Martha's Table, of Washington, DC.
Interment private at Washington Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Southeast Washington, DC. Virtual shiva memorial for family and friends will be Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Request zoom link from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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