2017

August 9
Patti Sperling, 69, of Palm Isles West in Boynton Beach, Florida passed away Wednesday August 9, 2017. Born in New York City, Patti retired to Florida four years ago from Buffalo, New York where she graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in education and went on to attain her Masters in Education from Buffalo State University. A passionate and devoted teacher, Patti touched the lives of countless children, instilling in them a love for learning. She saw the best in every student, and encouraged their imaginations to grow and their skills to blossom. Patti was known for her love of all things Dr. Seuss, which she integrated into both her teaching and her life.

Patti was the beloved wife of Richard, her husband of 48 years; the devoted mother of Jason (Gretchen Helmreich) Sperling and Jodi (Josh Kaplan) Sperling; the cherished grandmother of Emmett, Elijah, Ruvi, and Romy; the devoted daughter of Syd and Morris Wartley; and the dear sister of Ed (Arleen) Wartley.

Services are 9:30 AM Friday August 11, 2017 at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, 11115 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach, Florida 33437 with burial at 10:30 AM on Monday August 14, 2017 in Long Island at Wellwood Cemetery Wyandanch, New York.

The family kindly asks that those wishing to honor Patti’s memory with a memorial contribution consider First Book, www.firstbook.org (providing books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children in need) or The National Brain Tumor Society, www.braintumor.org.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


August 1
 
FINKELSTEIN – Nathan “Nate”
Age 94, of North Tonawanda, on August 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife of 70 years, Alva (nee Simon) and his three children, Burt (Susan) , Elaine (Andrew) Green and Mark (Marina Maulucci); beloved grandfather of Aaron (Wendy), Alison (Dee) and Jeremy Green, Joshua and Leah, and great-grandfather of Noa, Lilah and Levi Gartman. Born in Buffalo, Nate worked for Markel Electric for over 40 years. From 1942 to 1946 he served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army and was awarded the American Service, Asiatic-Pacific Service, Good Conduct and World War 2 Victory medals. He was active in the Buffalo Area Boy Scouts and the Jewish Committee of Scouting. Nate and Alva were founding members of Temple Sinai (now Congregation Shir Shalom). Funeral Services will be held at the AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC., 281 Dodge Road, Getzville on Friday, August 4, at 1 PM, followed by burial at White Chapel Cemetery. Shiva will be at the home of Elaine Green, 139 Four Seasons Road East, Amherst, on Saturday from 7-9 PM with a 7pm service, and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM with a 7pm service. Marina and Mark Finkelstein will be present to receive family and friends on Friday and Saturday only. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of your choice. Family guestbook available at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 

 
July 11
 
HEUBUSCH – Henry Ph. July 11, 2017, beloved husband of Jean (Marien) Heubusch; dearest father of Barbara Jean (Stuart) Rubin, Linda Marie (Bernard) Kunz and Shirley Ann (David) Espersen; loving grandfather of eight grandchildren; great-grandfather of four; brother of the late Ruth Abt, Robert Heubusch, Mary Anne Szpak and John Heubusch; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Online condolences shared at www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 


 
 June 13
 
KAPLAN – Eugene L. of Williamsville, NY, June 13, 2017, beloved husband of the late Greta I. Kaplan; devoted father of Nancy (John) Gaffney, Amy (Jarred) DeGray and Scott (Michelle) Kaplan; loving grandfather of William, Samantha and Amanda Gaffney, Gianna and Jake DeGray, Melissa and Michael Kaplan; brother of the late Estelle (Joe) Pfeifer and Marion Kaplan.

A private funeral service was held.

Family requests no condolence calls.

There will be no Shiva.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene’s memory may be made to HospiceFoundation or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC. Family guest book at amherstmemorialchapel.com

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.

 


 
 June 8
 
GOODMAN – Bernard

June 8, 2017, age 98.

Beloved husband of the late Lillian Goodman; loving father of Stephen (Karen) Goodman and Sherry (Stephen) Wolbarst of Tampa, FL; brother of Jeremiah Goodman; grandfather of Joshua and Adam Wolbarst, Faith and Jacob Goodman and Rachel Jolbert; also survived by three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday 1 PM at Beth Israel Cemetery, 5477 Military Rd., Lewiston, NY.

Memorials may be made to Congregation Shir Shalom or Buffalo VA Medical
Center, c/o Palliative Care Unit.

Arrangements by MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME.

Share condolences at mesnekoff.com

May 24


ARBESMAN – Irwin David, D.D.S. Of Williamsville, NY on May 24, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Peggy Arbesman; devoted father of Susan (Leonard) Stokes and Harvey (Marian) Arbesman; loving grandfather of Jennifer (Gregg) Fox, Stephen (Angela) Stokes, Samuel (Debra) Arbesman, Joshua (Michelle) Arbesman and seven great-grandchildren; brother of the late Rose Levy, Carl and Edward Arbesman.

He was admired and loved by all, and will be especially remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and his recurring advice to everyone to keep a positive attitude and to make a better world, “Tikkun Olam”.

Funeral services will be held at AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC, 281 Dodge Rd. on Thursday at 2:00 PM.

No prior visitations.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to the Jewish National Fund, Feeding America or the charity of their choice.

Family guest book at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

Shiva times are as follows:
Thurs. Eve- 8:30 PM
Fri AM- 6:30 AM
Sun. AM- 8:30 AM
Sun. Eve- 6:55 PM
Mon- 8:30 AM & 6:55 PM(Memorial Day)
Tues. 6:45 AM

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


May 8

BUCH – Iris Rivo May 8, 2017. Beloved wife of David Buch and the late Harvey C. Rivo; mother of Diane B. Rivo, Michael D. (Peggie Chilton) Rivo and Karen L. (Tom Luttrell) Rivo; stepmother of Paul (Lisa) Buch; sister of Shirley O’Geen and the late Albert Weintraub; grandmother of Julia Rogers and Marley Sarles; also Samuel and Ben Buch. Funeral service will be held Wednesday 10:30 AM at MESNEKOFF FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times or a charity of your choice. Share condolences at www.mesnekoff.com.

There will be a Meal of Consolation immediately following the internment at Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221. Shiva will be observed at the home of David Buch, 71 Hickory Hill Road, Apt. C, Williamsville, NY 14221 on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


May 3

Susanne KESTER;  March 18, 1924 – May 3, 2017. Susanne was the wife of Paul Kester, mother of Daniel Kester (President of Shir Shalom Men’s Group), mother-in-law of Gunilla Kester (guitar player in the Shir Shalom band, Tizmeret), grandmother of Shiri Kester (Shir Shalom Youth Group advisor), and grandmother of Anya Kester.

She is also survived by her sister Eva, and several nieces and nephews.

Susanne Kester (Luft), 93, was born in Berlin, Germany. She lost her beloved mother and grandparents and other relatives to the Holocaust. She escaped to Sweden, where she met her future husband of 68 years, Paul, when she was 14. They both immigrated in 1948 to America, where they got married.

Susanne was a mother, a homemaker, a superb chef, a talented gardener, and an artist. For over 33 years she worked as a dedicated volunteer organizing and managing the photo library and archive of the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Shiva will be this Sunday, May 14, at the Kester home in Williamsville, from 2 PM through 6 PM with prayer services led by Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein at 3 PM. The address is 104 Deer Run Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Funeral services have taken place in Los Angeles, California.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Congregation Shir Shalom Youth Group.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.
 

 April 18

GROSS, Matilda “Tillie” Age 105 1/2 of Getzville, NY – April 18, 2017- Beloved wife of the late Bert Gross. Survived by many nieces and nephews.  “She lived a great life” 

A graveside service will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park 3210-3400 Niagara Falls Blvd. Friday at 2:00PM.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

Arrangements entrusted to AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL, LLC.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations in Tillie’s memory to the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


April 13

RATNER – Ida April 13 It is with great sadness that we inform you that Ida Ratner has passed away. 
We send prayers and comfort to the family.

The funeral will be private and there will not be a Shiva.

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


March 27

ROSENTHAL – Richard L. “Rich” March 27, 2017. Beloved husband of Marsha Rosenthal; devoted father of Scott (Venera Giannetto) Rosenthal; loving grandfather of Samuel and Micah Rosenthal; son of Norman and Muriel Rosenthal; brother of Hal (Mari Vosburgh) Rosenthal and the late Paul Rosenthal. 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 Congregation Shir Shalom.

There will be no shiva.

Family guest book at www.amherstmemorialchapel.com

May the memory of the righteous forever be a blessing.


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.. 

Arrangements by AMHERST MEMORIAL CHAPEL LLC

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.