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Edward Mayer Oppenheimer

December 9, 1928 — January 20, 2023

El Paso, Texas

Edward Mayer Oppenheimer,  known by long-time friends as “Dede”, passed away January 20,2023. He was a third generation El Pasoan. His grandparents on both sides came here before the First World War. He attended Dudley School and El Paso High School on the West Side. Then a year at Texas Western before attending the University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with a degree in business and finance. He enjoyed S.A.M. Fraternity and R.O.T.C. where he graduated with a Distinguished Military Graduate certificate and became a commission officer in the U.S. Army in 1950.  The next year he was called to active duty for two years, including one year in the combat zone in Inchon Korea. Upon discharge from the service, Edward went to work as a city salesman for Albert Mathias and Co.  He and his love, Lory Talpis, were married in 1956 to begin their 66 years together.  They had three children: Thierry, Robert, and Wendy, and four grandchildren:  Twins Naomi and Ehren Wiener and Nathan and Eli Wiener who were always very close to their Grandparents. Edward spent forty years at the family business, the Union-Fashion before selling it in 1996 and enjoyed eleven years in the advertising business.  
In those active years, he enjoyed participating in organizations and civic projects such as being the President of the 20-30 Club, and the Downtown Merchants Association.  He was on the board of directors of the Inter first Bank, the Downtown Lions Club,
The Texas Western Exes, the Y.M.C.A., Good Will Industries, the board of trustees of Temple Mt. Sinai and was a director of Consolidated Clothiers in New York.  He worked for many years on charities like United Way, United Jewish Appeal, the
Y.M.C.A. Membership drives, El Paso Cancer Clinic, and the Sun Bowl Parade.  He and Lory traveled extensively for business to New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Europe. He attended New York University seminars in their School of Retailing.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Lawrence Oppenheimer, his brother Larry Oppenheimer and in-laws Miriam and Harry Talpis.
Edward was active in school reunions.  He created the Final Reunion of Dudley School In 1980 at the El Paso Country Club. 350 former students from all over the world attended. Former students included an Army General a TV National news person
and some former teachers as well as former students who lived or worked in El Paso.  It was one of his most enjoyable accomplishments.  Funeral services will be on January 23, 2023, at Temple Mt. Sinai Cemetery at 2:00 pm.

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Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

2:00 - 3:00pm (Mountain time)

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