2016

December 22, 2016
 
GOLD – Albert;  December 22, 2016. Husband of Doreen Brockman-Gold; father of Stacy (Bill Taylor) Gold-Taylor and Michael Gold; brother of Inez (Jack) Lippes and the late Aaron and Seymour Gold and Bella Covett; grandfather of Graham and Myles Taylor; also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services Monday 11:30 AM at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville 14221. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom or Hospice Foundation of WNY. 

Share condolences at mesnekoff.com

Shiva will be Monday following the interment through 9 PM and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM with prayer services each evening at 7 PM at Doreen’s residence. 

Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 

 
December 11, 2016
LAUFER – Lawrence L. December 11, 2016; husband of the late Gilda Laufer; father of Shaun Silverwood, David (Julie) Laufer and Dana Moore; brother of the late Vivian Weinrib; also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
 
Funeral Services Wednesday 1 PM at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville 14221. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at Shir Shalom. 
 
Shiva will be Wednesday following the interment, at Shaun’s residence, 139 Daven Drive, Getzville, NY 14068, with a prayer service at 5 PM. 
 
Online condolences at mesnekoff.com
 
Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.
 
May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.
 

 
November, 12, 2016
 
HERMAN – Evelyn, December 6, 2016, wife of the late Benjamin Herman; mother of Marcia Miriam and David (Sue) Herman; grandmother of Aaron, Alex (Arianna), Emily and Mirisa. 

A Private Family Interment will be held, with a Memorial Service Thursday, December 15 at 2 PM from Weinberg Campus in the First Floor Medical Day Room. 

Memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom. 

Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 
November, 12, 2016
KLYCZEK – Richard E., Sr. November 12, 2016, age 72, beloved husband of the late Diana (nee Posmantur) Klyczek; dear father of Richard (Tamara) Klyczek, Jr., Lori (Andrew) Abramowitz, Erika (John) Crowley, Randall (Andrea) Klyczek and Joseph (Lisa) Klyczek; loving grandfather of Maxwell, Sydney, Abigail, Jacob, Ethan, Richie, Alexandria, Kaitlyn, Brandon and Mya; brother of Walter (Nancy) Klyczek, Thomas (Marlene) Klyczek, Shirley (Thomas) Schlenker, Dr. James (Cherri) Klyczek and the late David (Natalie) Klyczek; also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

The family will be present to receive friends Thursday morning 9:00-10:00 AM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (corner Hopkins) where prayers will be said at 10:00 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at SS. Peter & Paul Church (Williamsville) at 10:45 AM. 

Family and friends invited. 

Richard was a US Naval veteran. 

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 


 October 29, 2016
GALLMAN – Rhona (nee Schwartz) October 29, 2016, wife of the late Kenneth Gallman; loving mother of Aaron Gallman; sister of Steven (Paula) Schwartz; grandmother of Zoe Hallowell. 
 
Funeral Services Tuesday 1 PM at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst 14051. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com

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October 16, 2016
FREED – Sherwood:  Adoring husband of the late Renee Freed; loving father of Lynne (James) Sachs and Kenneth (Laudie) Freed; affectionate grandfather of Lisa (Jesse) Mark, Amy Sachs, David Freed, Daniel Freed and Lauren Freed; loving great-grandfather of Ella, Cooper and Greta Mark; brother of Leonard (Ellen) and the late Melvin (Marcia) Freed. 
 
Lover of golf, great food, good wine, music, opera and humor. A life well lived. 
 
Memorial service 11 AM Sunday, October 23 at GLICK FUNERAL HOME, 3600 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jewish Center of Buffalo.
May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.
 

October 9, 2016.
 Florence Ruben (neé Kaufman), beloved wife of the late Irwin Ruben; loving mother of Carole, Howard and the late Shelley Ruben; sister of the late George Kaufman, Sally Kronenthal and Mildred Cantor; also survived by loving nephews and nieces.
 
A memorial service will be held Sunday October 30, 11:30 AM at Mesnekoff Funeral home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. jude’s, Susan G. Komen or the Annual Toy Run for the kids c/o James Geigle, 602 E. Elm St., Altus, OK, 73521.
 
Share condolences at mesnekoff.com
May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.
 

October 15, 2016
Cynthia Cohen (nee Rosenthal) October 15, 2016, wife of the late Samuel Cohen; mother of Renee Klein and Arnold Cohen; sister of Jerome Rosenthal and the late Evelyn Rabin and Geraldine Horwitz; grandmother of Aaron Cohen, William and Aaron Klein. 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 PM at Congregation Shir Shalom. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Congregation Shir Shalom, c/o The Samuel B. Cohen Fund. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com
 
May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

August 13, 2016
Joy Barish – August 13, 2016, beloved wife of Bryan Barish; loving mother of William (Ashley) and Craig (Kristine) Barish; daughter of Frank Ross and the late Bunny Ross; sister of Mark and Michael Gorman and the late Daniel Gorman and Beth Klein; grandmother of Craig Jr., Nico and the late William Jr., Liberty, Braylen and Reed; daughter-in-law of Donald and Helene Barish.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 18th at 7:30pm at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Dr. 14221. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Niagara County SPCA. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com


August 12, 2016
Selma Lender – August 12, 2016, wife of the late Sumner Leondar; mother of Alisa (Bill) Danyeur and Andrew (Barbara) Leondar; sister of Dorothy Cowan; grandmother of Matthew, Jonathan, Sarah, Betsy and Aaron.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00pm on Sunday, August 14th at Amberleigh Senior Residence, 2330 Maple Rd, Williamsville. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Boston, MA.
Memorials may be made to Hadassah. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com.
 

 

July 28, 2016
ROBERT BARDACH – July 28, 2016, husband of Judy Bardach; father of Stanley Bardach, Sheila (Sheldon) Benatovich and Leah (Mitchell) Morcelle; brother of the late Stanley D. Bardach; grandfather of Brian and Samuel Benatovich, Madeline, Mason and Trevor Morcelle. 
Funeral Services Sunday, 1:00pm, at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst 14051. Shiva Sunday 7:00 -9:00pm , Monday and Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm with a Minyan at 7:00pm each evening at Judy’s residence – 189 Breezewood Commons, E. Amherst, NY 14051. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the SPCA of Erie County or Congregation Shir Shalom. Condolences at mesnekoff.com 

 

July 20, 2016

DIANE KAPLAN (NEIDES) – 88, of Chevy Chase, MD, on July 20, 2016, formerly of Delray Beach, FL and Tonawanda, NY, widow of Robert P. Kaplan, mother of Ronald W. Kaplan (Mary Ann) of Stephens City, VA and Washington, DC; Laura K. Ouellet (Col. Mark Homrig) of Alexandria, VA; and Carol O. Kaplan of Gaithersburg, MD; grandmother of six and great-grandmother of four.

Diane and her husband Bob were founding members of Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, NY (now known as Congregation Shir Shalom) and she was very active in the Sisterhood. 

Diane will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her husband, a decorated bomber pilot (Flying Tiger) in World War II.

Contributions in her memory will benefit Hadassah hospitals and may be made to the Diane N. Kaplan Memorial Fund by calling 800-928-0685 or visiting www.hadassah.org and clicking on “donate…in memory of.” Please use code DKaplan, or state the gift is for the Diane N. Kaplan Memorial Fund.


July 15, 2016

Dr. Stanley Arbeit – July 15, 2016; husband of Carolee (Lieberman) Arbeit; father of Judith Arbeit and Holley (Jack Grippi) Arbeit; brother of the late Lillian Enzler; grandfather of Lauren, Alexis, Sara and Elisabeth; great-grandfather of Liam and Ally.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 18th at 2:00pm at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville 14221. A meal of condolence will be held immediately following the memorial service at The Amberleigh Senior Residence, 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville 14221.

Shiva will be held on Tuesday at 7:00pm at The Amberleigh, 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville 14221.

In memory of Dr. Stanley Arbeit, the family would appreciate donations of food for the Food Bank of Western New York.  Baskets will be available at the service to leave your donation. Thank you.

Condolences at mesnekoff.com

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July 12, 2016

Steven Bugyi – July 12, 2016. Son of Marcia (Jadd) Bugyi and John (Karen) Bugyi; brother of Sheryl (Michael) Kavanagh and Paul Bugyi; loving uncle of Evan Kavanagh; stepbrother of Jenny (Rob) Nogle and Christopher (Katharina) Schmich.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 18th at 10:00am at Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, E. Amherst, NY 14051. Interment will be at Elmlawn Cemetery – Tonawanda, NY 14217.

Shiva will be held Monday and Tuesday afternoon/evening at Marcia’s residence, 472 Braxmar Rd, Tonawnada, NY 14150,  Minyan at 7:00pm each evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNYTS of WNY. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com

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July 6, 2016

Dr. Avery A. Sandberg (ben Yaakov/Rivka) – July 6, 2016 at age 95. Father of Jan Sandberg, Diana (late Burt) Nashban, Ruth Sandberg (Jack Ringlestein) and Nina (Larry) Rosner.

Burial was July 10, 2016 at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shiva held at the home of Diana in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Memorial will be held in Buffalo at a later date to be announced. 

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July 3, 2016

Shirley Shalwitz – July 3, 2016, wife of the late Dr. Fred Shalwitz; loving companion of Meyer Tubin; mother of Janet (Burt Feuerstein), Howard (Jeanette Reitz), Dr. Robert (Paula Krasnoff) and Lisa Shalwitz, LCSW; sister of the late Herbert Brotz; devoted grandmother of Jesse (Jennifer), Samuel (Kim), Jeanne, Isaiah and Steven; great-grandmother of Keira, Noah, Zoe and Evelyn. 

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 6th at 2:00pm at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst 14051. Shiva Wednesday through Friday at Shirley’s former residence at 236 Wedgewood Commons, Williamsville 14221. Times to be announced. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Beth Tzedek or Woolly Mammoth Theatre, woollymammoth.net 

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July 3, 2016

Calvin Kallett – July 3, 2016, loving husband of Annette (nee Rubin) Kallett; cherished father of Nancy (Ash) El Naggar, Patricia (Craig) Kallett-Klosk and Sara Kallett; devoted grandfather of Lila, Ryan, Molly and Daniel.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00am at Congregation Shir Shalom with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com.  

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June 24, 2016

BOCK – Elaine C. (nee Cohen) – June 22, 2016, of Williamsville, NY. Beloved wife of Fred Bock, devoted mother of Michelle Bock, sister of the late Janet C. Hoffman and Shirley C. Bronstein.

SERVICES: Graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Meet at Delaware/Delavan Entrance) MONDAY June 27th at 10:00am. NOTE: Buffalo News incorrectly announced Sunday.

No prior visitations. Arrangements by Amherst Memorial Chapel LLC. Family guest book at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS:

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June 17, 2016

LEVINE – Daniel – June 17, 2016, in Florida. Loving farther of Paul (Linda) and Mitchell (Jodi) Levine; brother of the late Mildred Beckman and Helene Horwitz; grandfather of Alissa, Stephanie, Max and Andrea Levine.

SERVICES: Graveside Service will be held Monday, June 20th at 11:00am at Ahavas Sholem Cemetery (corner of Pine Ridge and Maryvale), Cheektowaga.

SHIVA: No formal Shiva.

MEMORIALS: Memorials may be made to the ALS Association at ALSA.org or the Disabled American Veterans Charity. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com.

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June 8, 2016

ORLICK – Stephen, 77, of Morganville passed away on June 8, 2016 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife Sondra, as well as his loving children, Caren and her husband Scott Orlick, son Howard and his wife Joan, daughter Deborah and her husband Stuart Levy. He also leaves behind brother Arthur (Cheryl) Orlick and six grandchildren: Jessica, Rebecca, Rachel, Jordana, Caitlyn, and Isabel.

SERVICES: Funeral Services were held June 10th at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels. Burial followed at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Marlboro, NJ.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to St. Jude’s, or Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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June 15, 2016
We are sorry to inform you that Ruth Levinson has passed away. Our thoughts are with the family.

LEVINSON – Ruth L, of Chevy Chase, MD on June 14, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Ralph W. Levinson; devoted mother of Amy (David) Brener, Robin (James) Levine and Joyce (Nelson) Migdal; loving grandmother of Michelle and Ilana Brener, Ari, Maya and Eliana Levine, Talia and Corey Migdal. Sister of the late Esther Kershner, Leonard (Betty) Goodman, Mary (Jake) Freedman. Loving aunt and great aunt to many wonderful nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 17th at 10:00am at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC, 281 Dodge Road. No prior visitation.

SHIVA: The family will be sitting shiva on Friday, June 17th from 1:00 – 5:00pm with a service at 3:00pm at the home of Andrea & Howard Faden.

MEMORIALS: In lieu flowers, donations may be made to Misler Center, 1801 E. Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-468-1740. Family guestbook at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

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June 12, 2016

WISNIEWSKI – Thomas E. June 12, 2016, beloved husband of Cheryl (DeBruin) of 37 years; loving father of Chris and Rachel (Dan) Flanagan; dearest son of the late Dorothy (late Edward) Wisniewski; son-in-law of Belle (late Cantor Gerald) DeBruin; adoring grandfather of Claire and CJ Flanagan; brother of David (Sabina) Wisniewski.

SERVICES: Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, June 15th at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC, 281 Dodge Road.

SHIVA: The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Cheryl on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm with a service at 7:30pm and Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm

MEMORIALS: In lieu flowers, memorials may be made in Thomas’s memory to Hospice Foundation of Buffalo. Family guest book at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

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June 8, 2016

ORLICK – Stephen, 77, of Morganville passed away on June 8, 2016 at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife Sondra, as well as his loving children, Caren and her husband Scott Orlick, son Howard and his wife Joan, daughter Deborah and her husband Stuart Levy. He also leaves behind brother Arthur (Cheryl) Orlick and six grandchildren: Jessica, Rebecca, Rachel, Jordana, Caitlyn, and Isabel.

SERVICES: Funeral Services were held June 10th at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels. Burial followed at Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Marlboro, NJ.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to St. Jude’s, or Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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May 20, 2016

ARYWITZ – Gerald – May 19, 2016. Husband of the late Berti Arywitz; father of Eileen (Mark) Yodanis, Jeffrey (Lisa) Arywitz and the late Diane Arywitz; brother of the late Sigmund and Bernard Arywitz; grandfather of Adam, Alison and Jacob Arywitz.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held Monday, May 23rd, 11:30am at Congregation Shir Shalom.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom. Share condolences at mesnekoff.com.

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May 17, 2016

BLOCK – Lois, May 14, 2016. Mother of David (Jackie) Block.

SERVICES: Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 17th at 11:00am at Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, Amherst, NY.

SHIVA: The family will be sitting Shiva on Wednesday, May 18th at the home of Tim Sick and Sal Zambito – 920 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo from 6:00 – 9:00pm with a prayer service at 7:30pm.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caring Voice Coalition-8249 Meadowbridge Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116

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April 26, 2016

ARNOVITZ – Sam, he was the long time companion of Evelyn Solomons. The Service was in Pennsylvania – this is all the information we have.

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April 22, 2016

PLESKOW – Lilly April 22, 2016. Wife of the late Bernard Pleskow; mother of Bruce (Francine) Pleskow, Lawrence Pleskow and Rochelle (Charles) Pleskow Kaplan; sister of the late Rose Cohen, Sarah Moldof and Manny Zegler; grandmother of Aaron, Brendan (Jennifer) and Jordan Pleskow.

SERVICES: Funeral service Monday 2:00pm at Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst 14226. Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME. Condolences at www.mesnekoff.com.

SHIVA: No Formal Shiva.

MEMORIALS: Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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April 14, 2016

GINSBERG – Irwin E. April 5, 2016, age 85. Beloved husband of Barbara Gitin Ginsberg; devoted father of Beth (Annette Hayes), Gary (Susanna Aaron) and Marsha (Gordon Sayre) Ginsberg; loving grandfather of Sam and Alec Ginsberg, Joshua and Hannah Sayre and Sophie Ginsberg-Hayes; brother of Ronald (Doreen) Ginsberg.

SERVICES: Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 7th at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY or Temple Beth Tzedek or the Amherst Adult Day Services

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April 5, 2016

HERMAN – Benjamin April 3, 2016, husband of Evelyn Herman; father of Marcia Miriam and David (Sue) Herman; grandfather of Aaron, Alex, Emily and Marissa. Ben was a Social Worker for the JCC of Buffalo.

SERVICES: Services private. Condolences at mesnekoff.com. Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: Donations to Hospice Foundation of WNY.

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March 31, 2016

HERZBRUN – husband of the late Elaine Herzbrun. Father of Philip (Marta) and Steven (Nancy). Grandfather of Gina (Matt) Kinsella, Brian (Melissa) Herzbrun, Sarah (Josh) Kovacich, and 3 great grandchildren.

SERVICES: A graveside service will be held at Beth David Cemetery, the Carol Street entrance (off East Delevan), Cheektowaga, NY on Thursday, March 31st at 1:00pm.

SHIVA: Family will receive visitors following interment from 3:00-5:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm, with a prayer service at approximately 7:00pm and Friday 2:00-5:00pm, at the home of Phil and Marta Herzbrun.

MEMORIALS: The family would like donations made in Jack’s memory to go to Yeshiva of Flatbush , 1609 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230.


March 24, 2016

RONALD – Theresa M. (nee Loughran) “Terry” Passed away on March 20, 2016; beloved wife of the late Harry “Unc” M. Ronald; dear mother of Timothy R. (Diane), Thomas J. (Christi-Carole) and Susan L. Ronald; cherished grandmother of Christopher M. (Tamara) Ronald, Alexandra B. (Rich) Sanders and Brandon M. Ronald; great-grandmother of four great-grand-children; daughter of the late Patrick M. and Margaret M. (nee Colern) Loughran; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Terry was an alumnus of St. James Catholic School, Class of 1941, alumni of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Class of 1945, a member of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Rosary and Altar Society, Father Walter Gonter’s Senior Citizens.

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 23rd at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, followed by Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or the Erie County SPCA, 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150


March 22, 2016

STELZLE – , Sheryl – March 21, 2016. Beloved wife of James Stelzle; loving mother of David (Erica) Christopher and Andrea (Levon) Tallchief; daughter of Melvyn and Beverly Mesnekoff; sister of Beth (Chris Marziale) Mesnekoff, Jay (Rebecca) Mesnekoff and Sandra Hendrix-Mesnekoff; Bubbie of Dylan and Devon Christopher; also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

SERVICES: Funeral service Wednesday 2 PM at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221.

SHIVA: Shiva will be held Wednesday following the interment until 9 PM and Thursday afternoon and evening. Prayer services each evening at 7 PM at Jay and Rebecca´s residence.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor´s choice.


 

March 17, 2016

FELD – David – March 17, 2016. Dearest husband of Shirley Feld; father of Dr. Kenneth (Karen) Feld, Karen (Ronald) Teplitsky and Dr. Gregg (Dr. Judith) Feld; brother of Beatrice Eisdorfer and the late Dr. Leo and Solomon Feld; grandfather of Alana (Dr. Aaron) Willen, Dr. Mara Teplitsky, Seth Teplitsky, Stephanie, Ashleigh, Tamara and Jacqueline Feld.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 20th at 10:30am at Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, E. Amherst 14051.

SHIVA: The family will sit Shiva on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 7:00 – 9:00pm, at Shirley’s residence – 146 Sausalito Drive, E. Amherst 14051 with a prayer service at 7:00pm

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom or Hospice Foundation of WNY. Condolences at mesnekoff.com


Feb 2, 2016

MEYERS – Harold “Harry” February 1, 2016, husband of Phoebe Meyers; father of Beth, Paul (Nancy) and Susan Meyers; brother of Lester (Evelyn) Meyers; grandfather of Rachel, Jordan, Matty and Aaron. Harry was a bridge player enthusiast and golfer.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11 AM at Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, E. Amherst 14051.

SHIVA: The family will be receiving friends Wednesday 6-8 PM in the Meadows, 2nd Floor, at Weinberg.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom.


Feb 1, 2016

DAVIS – Melvin B. January 30, 2016, beloved husband of the late Arlene Davis; beloved companion of Marion Tasman; dear father of Michael S.(partner of Holly Rosenfeld) of Washington State and Richard J. Davis of Washington, DC; loving father of Debra (Jeffrey) Bloomberg, Sharon (Jeffrey) Alexander and Nancy (William) Kean; grandfather of Joshua (Stephanie) Davis, Rachel (Carlos) Fonseca, Valerie Shander, Sara Oakley, Alyssa, Matthew and Benjamin Kean and Rafi Bloomberg; great-grandfather of Rian Davis, Dylan Davis, Tyler Fonseca, Adam Shander and Nora Oakley.

SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday 11:00 AM at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC. 281 Dodge Road.

SHIVA:

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance, or the charity of your choice.


Jan 27, 2016

TOMBAK – BETTY (nee Lilien) R.- January 26, 2015, age 77 beloved wife of Wolf Tombak and the late Irving Redlich. Mother of Mimi (Drew) Shapiro and Wendy (Gary) Potter. Stepmother of Brian, Alan and Howard Tombak. Adored grandmother of Ilana and Renee Shapiro. Daughter of the late Leo and Toni Lilien. Sister of David (Bonnie) Lilien, and beloved aunt of Amy (fiance `Atiq) and Tammy Lilien of Toronto. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Funeral service will be held Friday 10:00 AM from AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC. 281 Dodge Road.

No Prior visitations.

SHIVA: Shiva Times: Friday afternoon, Saturday night, Sunday & Monday Evening service at 6:30 PM.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


Jan 26, 2016

FOTI – Esther (Cohen) Foti, age 83, of East Main Rd, Westfield, died Sunday, January 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital Hospice of Buffalo, NY.

Esther was born on October 11, 1932 in Manchester, England, the daughter of the late Samuel and Freda (Dietch) Cohen. She married Salvatore A. “Sam” Foti on May 3, 1950 in Warrington, England.

She came to the United States from England following her marriage to Sam. Together they established and ran a grape farm in Westfield for many years. She enjoyed antiques and had run an antique shop at the farm for several years.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura M. McKenrick of Alden, NY and Kathryn Foti-Crawford of Depew, NY and by her three sons: Salvatore P. Foti of Brocton, NY, Michael A. Foti of Orchard Park, NY and Russell J. Foti of Sherman, NY. 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore A. “Sam” Foti, and her sister, Enid Cassell.

SERVICES: At Esther’s request, All services will be private. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY 14787.

SHIVA: Kathy will be receiving visitors at 7 pm on Friday at CSS until services begin.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Library, 40 So. Portage Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or Fire Department of Westfield Memorial Fund, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY 14787.


Jan 23, 2016

BOROWITZ – Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, the father of Drucy Borowitz died on Friday.

A theologian extraordinaire and a professor at HUC, his passing is a big loss to the Jewish world.

Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, a philosopher, teacher and towering figure in Reform Judaism, has died at 91. Borowitz passed away Friday morning at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, according to Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

“He was a larger-than-life figure in postwar Judaism,” Jacobs said. “His impact on generations of rabbis was immense.”

Borowitz grew up in Colombus, Ohio, and attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He also studied at Union Theological Semininary in New York. He helped found Sh’ma, one of the first pluralistic Jewish journals of opinion.

Borowitz was perhaps best known as a passionate teacher at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he taught Jacobs along with literally hundreds of influential Reform spiritual leaders.

Jacobs called him the “embodiment of a rabbinic sage.”

“So many of us were deeply touched and inspired by his writing, his classroom presence, and his charisma,” Jacobs said. “He was incredibly passionate about deepening our understanding.”

Far from being only an ivory tower intellectual, Borowitz was also very involved in the congregations of Reform Judaism. Until recently, he worked closely with Reform congregations from coast to coast on spiritual issues. Even as recently as a few months ago, he insisted on teaching a weekly Torah study class at his temple in Stamford.

“He couldn’t stay away from teaching,” Jacobs said.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

SERVICES: The funeral is out of town.

SHIVA: Shiva will be at Drucy and Phil’s residence Wednesday and Thursday 6-8 with a 7 pm service both nights.

MEMORIALS:


Jan 15, 2016

GOLDSTEIN – We announce with sadness the passing on January 15, 2016 of our member, Norman Goldstein, loving husband of Marianne Goldstein, father of Marc and Dan, grandfather of Andrea and Gilad.

SERVICES: The funeral service will take place at Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, on Sunday January 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 3210 Niagara Falls Boulevard.

SHIVA: Marianne and the Goldstein family welcome you to join them for the Meal of Condolence, and Shiva visitation and Minyan, in the Meadows Lounge at Weinberg Campus on Sunday January 17, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm.

MEMORIALS: Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom and to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter.


Jan 12, 2016

DEBRUIN – Hyman “Hy”- January 11, 2016- Beloved husband of Bobbie DeBruin. Devoted father of Stacey and Terryl “Terry” (Gary Baker) DeBruin, Debbie (Paul) Ashton and Loren (Alan) Pasler, Brother of the late Ida Schaer and the late Cantor Gerald (Belle) DeBruin.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00am at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC.

Please Note: Family wants everyone dismissed from graveside Prior to Lowering of Casket. No shoveling of earth by anyone, even with their hands.

SHIVA: The Shiva is on Wednesday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, with a service at 8:00pm. Shiva will be at Roberta’s home. No prior visitations.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers donations to Congregation Shir Shalom or Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Hy was a member of Local IBEW # 41.


Jan 6, 2016

HERZBRUN – Elaine, January 6, 2016, beloved wife of 72 years of Jack Herzbrun. Devoted mother of Philip (Marta) and Steven (Nancy). Loving grandmother of Gina (Matt) Kinsella, Brian (Melissa) Herzbrun, Sarah (Josh) Kovacich, and 3 great grandchildren.

SERVICES: A graveside service will be held at Beth David Cemetery, the Carol Street entrance (off East Delevan), Cheektowaga, NY on Thursday, January 7th, at 10:00AM.

SHIVA: The family will sit Shiva on Thursday from 2-4:00 at Elderwood at Maplewood, 225 Bennett Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 with a prayer service at 3:30 and on Friday from 2-4 at Philip and Marta’s residence, 119 Surrey Run, Williamsville, NY 14221 with a prayer service at 3:30.

Friends may also visit on Friday night from 7-9 at Philip and Marta’s residence.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations in Elaine’s memory to Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Rd, Amherst, NY 14226.


Jan 1, 2016

FEUERSTEIN – Aaron I., DDS December 30, 2015; loving husband of June Feuerstein and the late Jeanne; cherished father of Dr. Burt (Dr. Janet Shalwitz), Alan (Rayna), Marcia (Ronald Schwarz) and Jack DDS (Rosalie Radoccia) Feuerstein; stepfather of Steven (Allyson) Miller, Dr. Amy (Dr. Jack) O’Donnell, Judy (late Joseph) Healy and Marjorie Quartley; brother of Marvin Feuerstein DDS and the late Samuel Feuerstein; also survived by 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held Sunday, 10 AM at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst 14051.

SHIVA: The evening shiva will start at 6 pm with the prayer service at 7 pm on Sunday and Monday. June will be sitting at the O’Donnell residence on Monday, but Amy will not be home until the evening.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Temple Beth Tzedek.

Last updated: December 23, 2016 at 15:03 pm