March 12

GREENBERG – Jerome    March 12, 2017, of Buffalo, NY, loving companion of Shirley Wagner; loving father of Linda Jo (Jeffrey) Shohet and Dr. Gary Lee Greenberg; grandfather of David (Kari) and Brian Shohet, Max and Philip Greenberg; brother of Dorothy Marks and Harold Greenberg. 

Funeral Service will be held at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC, 281 Dodge Road on Tuesday at 9:00 AM. 

No prior visitations. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight, P.O. Box 426, Clarence, NY 14031. 

Family guest book available at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

March 7

HESKINS, Rabbi Donald   Beloved Rabbi   On March 7, 2017. of Buffalo, NY. Husband of the late Jane Selya Heskins. Brother of Patricia (Jack) Gumbiner, of Los Angeles, CA. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Graveside burial service will be held in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA on Friday March 10th at 10:45 AM.

A memorial service will be held at Congregation Shir Shalom 4660 Sheridan Dr. Williamsville, NY 14221 Tuesday March 14th at 2:00PM.

No prior visitations.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be made to the charities of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Amherst Memorial Chapel LLC.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

February 27

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Anita Rauch has passed away.

We send prayers and comfort to the family.

RAUCH – Anita February 27, 2017. Wife of the late Albert Plaskin and Seymour Rauch; loving mother Debra (Martin Poole) Plaskin, Glenn Plaskin and Madison Kane; devoted partner of Dr. Marvin Feuerstein; cherished stepmother of Jacqueline Waltz, Phyllis, Martin and Ellen Rauch.

Graveside services were held last Thursday, March 2nd, at Chapel Memorial Park.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

February 17

WAGNER – Barbara L. (nee McCarthy), a musician, teacher and choral conductor, passed away after a long illness at the Garden House Nursing Home in Getzville NY on February 17, 2017. She was 80 years old. A long time resident of Buffalo, she was born in Lockport and graduated from Lockport Senior High School and the University of Buffalo. She was the daughter of Richard and Flora McCarthy. 

Ms. Wagner was the former Minister of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, in her 50th year of service when she retired in 2012. She also taught vocal music at Nichols School for 25 years and later taught at Buffalo Seminary. She was the first artistic director for the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, leading the group through their first rehearsal on the tragic occasion of 9/11/2001, and continuing as their conductor for 10 years. Additionally, she served as the Music Director at Temple Beth Am for 12 years and as conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale for five years. 

In addition to conducting the Unitarian Universalist Choir and numerous BPO musicians and other instrumentalists on Sunday mornings, she led the choir on two European tours, the first to Germany, Austria and Czech Republic and the second to Great Britain. Under her direction, the choir recorded for American Public Radio, and performed locally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Amherst Saxophone Quarter and the Arts Nova Chamber Orchestra. Under her direction, the UUCB Choir was well known throughout Western New York for its dozens of acclaimed concerts, productions of operas and oratorios, Music Sunday performances, and, more recently, a Fall and Spring Bach Cantata Series, featuring her 60 -voice choirs and chamber orchestras of BPO musicians, all performed in the Church’s sanctuary. 

Most notable among her many career achievements was conducting her church choir in the world premier performance of a Requiem with text by Kurt Vonnegut and music by Edgar David Granna in March of 1988. Later that year, Ms. Wagner was the conductor for the Peace Odyssey Tour of Hungary and the Former Soviet Union with singers from across the United States. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist denomination’s Hymnbook Resources Commission, which published the 1993 hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition, and chaired the New Hymns Task Force, which published another denominational songbook in June of 2005. 

Ms. Wagner earned a BFA Degree from the University of Buffalo, where she studied organ with Squire Haskin and did graduate work at Westminster Choir College. She did advanced organ study with Karl Richter at Munich Conservatory (Germany) and studied advanced conducting with Raymond Harvey, the former Assistant Conductor of the BPO. She was a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Erie County Music Educators Association, the American Guild of Organists, the Chromatic Club, and a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network. She was awarded the Erie County Music Educator / BPO Award for Excellence in Choral Education in 2002. 

She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. William G. Wagner, who died in 2003. Survivors include her daughters, Carrie Martin of Hamburg, and Molly Wagner of Sydney Australia; grandchildren Jay and Evan (Jenna) Wopperer, Cheri (Matthew) Pritchard, and Erica, Rachel and Gideon Heller-Wagner; a sister Jeanne (Ronald) Gumby; sisters-in-law Susan Dull and Libby Wagner; and several cousins and nieces and nephews. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue (at West Ferry) on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


February 13
Ginsberg, Ronald H. – February 19, 1935- February 13, 2017, of Amherst,NY. Husband of Doreen Ginsberg. Father of Jeremy (Karen) Ginsberg, Shari Ginsberg and Jodie (Christopher) Shatzel. Grandfather of Jennifer and Ryan Ginsberg, Lauryn and Benjamin Shatzel. Brother of the late Irwin E. (Barbara) Ginsberg. Survived by nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held from AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC. 281 Dodge Rd. Thursday at 11:00 AM. 

No prior visitations. 

Shiva will be Thursday 7-9 PM, Friday and Saturday 2-4, at Doreen’s apartment, 102 Forest Creek, Weinberg Campus.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations in his memory to Alzheimers Association of WNY or a charity of their choice.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

February 5, 2017
Kaplan, Melvin Ph.D.- February 5, 2017 
Beloved husband of Marilyn Kaplan. Devoted father Eileen (Maurice) Wildy, Robin (late Paul) Michalski, Laurie (Bert) Dohn and Allan (Caryn) Kaplan. Loving grandfather of Marc and Jason Michalski, Ryan and Eric Dohn, Sarah and Chelsey Kaplan. Brother of Thelma (Jay) Stevens and the late Murray (late Helen) Baron. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC 281 Dodge Rd. Wednesday at 10:30AM . No prior visitations. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to Roswell Park Alliance. Family guest book at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com 
Shiva will be at the Kaplan’s home, 292 Culpepper Rd. Williamsville, NY 14221, Wednesday through Friday afternoon. Call Marilyn at 510-1809 or Laurie at 
908-2983 for more information about the Shiva.  

January 27, 2017

Bock, Fred B.– Jan. 27, 2017- Beloved husband of the late Elaine C. Bock. Devoted father of Michelle Bock. Brother of Cindy Seide. 

Graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Delaware/Delavan Entrance) Monday at 2:00PM. 

No prior visitations. There will not be a Shiva.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to the American Diabetes Assoc.. 


May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


January 21, 2017

Henry Lefcourt, son of Renata and Charles Lefcourt passed away on Friday in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness.
LEFCOURT, Henry David We sadly say goodbye to Henry David Lefcourt who passed on Jan. 21, 2017 at age 52. He is survived by his parents Charles Lefcourtand Renata Lefcourt; wife Yolanda Lefcourt; son Samuel Lefcourt; sisters Yvonne Lefcourt and Suzanne Harris. 

Henry lived in Keller. He was born in Bremen, Germany, and grew up in Amherst NY. He held a BA Fine Arts from Alfred University and Masters in International Relations from St. Mary’s University. Henry served in the U.S. Army from 1989-2001 with active duty during Operation Desert Storm. He had a 21 year career with Health Management Systems.  

Henry was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, and brother, known for his kindness, sense of humor, honesty, and intelligence. He was very proud of his son, with whom he spent many weeknights and weekends practicing and coaching baseball. 

Funeral is Friday, Jan 27 at 2pm at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


January 16, 2017

CARMEL – Nathan Abraham;

May 24, 1997 – January 16, 2017 at age 19, of East Amherst, NY. Loving son of Alice and Paul Carmel. Adoring brother of Shailee (Michael) Herter. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 12 Noon at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC, 281 Dodge Road. 

Nathan was a great boy who had an excellent sense of humor. His smile would brighten up each room he entered. Nathan placed an emphasis on other people’s needs before himself. He will never be forgotten. 

Shiva will be observed at his parents’ residence, 5790 Kippin Drive, East Amherst, NY 14051. Visitation times will be immediately after the funeral, plus 10-11 and 7-9 on Thursday, 10-11 on Friday, 7-9 on Saturday, and both 10-11 and 7-9 on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are to be made in Nathan’s memory to the Roswell Park Cancer Alliance, Elm & Carlton Streets, Bufffalo, NY 14263. 

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.