Erika Johanna Tauber (Graf), age 79, of Lexington on Tuesday. Beloved wife of 51 years of Stephen, mother of Andrew, Sharon, and Elizabeth, grandmother of Amanda, Shawn, and Nicholas, and twin sister of Eva Glaser, died peacefully on February 14. Born Aug. 31, 1932 in Vienna, Erika reached the U.S. in 1941 after a 3-year odyssey through Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. A graduate of Forest Hills H.S. (Queens, NY) and Barnard College, with an M.A. from Middlebury College, Erika previously lived in New York and Chevy Chase, MD. She moved to Lexington in 1978. For months after her arrival, she caused considerable confusion among Eva's friends and others in town, who did not know that Eva's identical twin had moved to Lexington. At the first opportunity, Erika attended the 5:30 A.M. reenactment on the Green with her family. Proud to be an American citizen, she enthusiastically watched the annual Patriot's Day parade almost every year thereafter. She and Stephen joined the chevra (i.e., companionship and discussion group) of which Eva and husband Peter were members. In a ceremony attended by their mother, Erika and Eva were among the group of women who became bat mitzvah as adults at Temple Emunah. Until their retirement in 2000, Erika, together with Eva, ran Words & Images, a small marketing consulting firm that catered to small businesses. A warm and cultured woman with a radiant smile, Erika will be sorely missed. The funeral was held at Temple Emunah on February 15, with interment at Westview Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (https://donate.ushmm.org/page/contribute/support) or AMCHA (c/o Rosenberg, Neuwirth & Kuchner, 2 Penn Plaza - 4th Floor, New York, NY 10121).
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27, 2012