Longtime educator Lewis Kirsch was preparing for imminent retirement to spend more time with his family when he contracted COVID-19 and passed away on April 15.

Kirsch was born on April 20, 1962 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

With a master’s degree in political science and government, and plans to join a law firm, Kirsch pivoted his career goals after he got married. Realizing that he might not be able to spend as much time with his family as he would have liked as a lawyer, Kirsch went on to earn a master’s degree in education, and dedicated himself to teaching and making a difference for children in public school.

For more than two decades, Kirsch (affectionately known as “Lew”), taught social studies and became a beloved educator at the schools where he worked.

His teaching career spanned several schools and neighborhoods, but that didn’t dilute the energy and passion he offered to his students.

He was always available to help in any way he could and was an engaged member of the Jewish community in Manalapan, N.J.

Kirsch also enjoyed discussing work and politics with family and friends. He had recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Millie); their two sons, Daniel Kirsch and Benjamin Kirsch; and his stepson, James Oaks. Kirsch is also survived by his mother, Jean Kirsch Gottlieb; sister Marla Dymm; and stepbrother Ira Gottlieb.

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