Barbara Louise (Diehl) Weidenfeld(1924 - 2013)

AMHERST - Barbara Louise (Diehl) Weidenfeld, 88, passed away peacefully last Sunday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Overlook Nursing home in Leeds.

She was born Dec. 1, 1924, in New York City to Irene Dornfeld (Diehl) and Frederick Brereton Diehl.

She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Jerome Weidenfeld, a resident of Rockridge Retirement Community in Northampton; three sons, Robert Foster Weidenfeld of Davis, Calif., David Jonathan Weidenfeld of Easthampton and Mark 'Moshe' Weidenfeld of Brooklyn, N.Y., and their respective spouses. She also leaves behind four lovely grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and an extensive circle of friends.

Lady Barbara (as she was known by some) graduated from Washington Irving High School in New York City and later attended Park College in Missouri. She studied music composition at Julliard night school, played piano, guitar and possessed the "voice of an angel."

After enlisting in the W.A.V.E.S. (Woman Accepted in Volunteer Emergency Service) where she served as a link training instructor during World War II.

She attended and received a bachelor's of arts in English from Columbia Teachers College, N.Y.C.

In her long life, Barbara held a variety of interesting positions, including working as an editor for the College Board. She also worked in special education and as an E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) instructor and homemaker.

She had a love and knowledge of music, nature and literature. Both she and her husband Jerome were active in causes of social justice, including civil rights, antiwar activities and environmental concerns. She and Jerome were members of the Jewish community of Amherst and Barbara was a member of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

She was laid to rest this past Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Jewish Community of Amherst Cemetery in Shutesbury.

Any donations in Barbara's memory should be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) and/or Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 23, 2013