ACHENBAUM--Leila (nee Auerbach) died, age 77, in NYC, June 26, 2008. Born in Montreal on September 4, 1930, daughter of Hyman and Sybil Auerbach. Married 1948 to Irvin Goldberg of Altoona, PA, they had four children, Mark, Kathy, Tina, Amy. Second husband Robert Lebendig (d.). Survived by husband Alvin Achenbaum, son Mark and partner David Lugowski of NYC; daughter Kathy and fiance Kevin Fitzgerald of Doylestown, PA; daughter Tina of Palm Desert, CA; and daughter Amy of Hilton Head, SC. Predeceased by sister Marjorie Lebovitz, survived by sister Judith Stolovitsky. Stepmother of John and Barbara Achenbaum, Marty and Lisa (Achenbaum) Kounitz, and Mark and Martha (Achenbaum) Bratt, and step-grandmother to Julie, Amy, Ann, Ben, Jake, Alex, and Tori. She scored highest marks of any female in Quebec upon graduation from high school, and attended McGill University. Extremely generous, engaging and artistic. Avid and skillful tennis player, also accomplished at bridge and painting. Volunteered at victim crisis centers and consumer hotlines. She loved New York, theatre, ballet, concerts, films, good books, museums, and traveling. She cherished friends and family, and mastered the arts of giving and living. Services: Riverside Memorial Chapel, Sunday, June 29, 11:15am. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Central Park Conservancy, UJA-Federation or the American Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
Published in New York Times from Jun. 28 to Jun. 29, 2008.