SPELFOGEL--Beverly Kolenberg, of Manhattan passed away peacefully at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital early Friday morning November 22, 2013 at the age of 78. Daughter of deceased Sarah and Isidore Kolenberg, sister of deceased brother Arthur Kolenberg, husband to Evan J. Spelfogel for nearly 55 years, mother of Scott and Douglas Spelfogel and Karen Spelfogel Raichoudhury, grandmother/nana to Sara and Danny, Michael and Alex, Sabrina and Ryan. Beverly also leaves behind her daughters-in-law and son-in-law Mamie, Wendy and Raj, her sister-in-law Patty Kolenberg Bellovin, her cousins Estelle Faier, Joan Faier Tannen, and John Faier, her niece and nephew Katherine Kolenberg Miracle and Wayne Miracle and their triplet daughters Danielle, Lauren and Sydney Miracle, and myriad's of other relatives and dear friends. Beverly devoted her life to education, the environment and the betterment of humankind. Born and raised on the lower East Side of New York City and in Brooklyn, Beverly attended Hunter High School and Brooklyn College, earned a Masters' degree in 17th century English literature from Columbia University (where she met and married Evan), and an additional Masters' degree from Queens College in reading. After several years teaching in Washington, D.C. and at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, Beverly taught reading at Weber Junior High School in Port Washington, Long Island for ten years before deciding that she had more to offer to society. While teaching full time, she earned a law degree from St. John's University School of Law and thereafter served for 28 years with the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she was Assistant Regional Counsel at the time of her passing. During her service with the EPA she also served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, interfaced with the U.S. Department of Justice, tried cases in the lower federal courts and argued several cases before the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals. She specialized in Superfund site clean-up litigation and was a leader of the team that was instrumental in recently bringing to a close the ten year massive litigation following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Funeral/Remembrance Services will be held Monday, November 25th, 12:30pm at the Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, Manhattan. Burial following on Monday, 3:00pm/3:30pm at Locust Valley Cemetery on Long Island off Ryefield Road, Locust Valley, NY. Shiva to begin Monday after burial, until 9:00pm at daughter Karen Raichoudhury's home, 6 Wildwood Court, Locust Valley, NY 11560. Additional Shiva gathering on Tuesday, November 26th, 2:00pm to 9:00pm and Wednesday, November 27th, 2:00pm-7:00pm at son Doug Spelfogel's home at 53 Roxen Road, Rockville Center, NY 11570. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Spelfogel Family Scholarship Fund at the Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Published by New York Times on Nov. 24, 2013.
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Both artistic and practical. Gone too soon. And even though I only saw you now and then on our family visits to NY, I'll miss you very much.
John Faier
November 26, 2013
I had the privilege of working with Beverly as legal counsel on a hazardous waste site that I had been assigned. A skilled and highly competent lawyer she proved to be and I fortunately learned a lot from her. She always spoke proudly of her family, which she loved dearly. I found her to be one of the nicest people that I ever met. My condolences to her family and friends on her passing. May her soul rest in peace.
Robert Montgomery
November 25, 2013
Beverly was the consummate professional that loved her family, friends and her work at EPA. Her radiant smile and consideration for the welfare of others have left an indelible mark on many. In our hearts and memory she lives forever.
Michael Walters
November 25, 2013
I will always remember your smile and kindness. Rest in peace, you will be truly missed. Love Carmen Castro
Carmen Castro
November 25, 2013
I will miss Beverly's sunny smile and lovely disposition. It was a bright spot in my day to visit with Beverly in the hall or elevator. She was always positive in the face of adversity. Rest in peace, my friend.
Gloria Sosa
November 25, 2013
May peace be with you. You will be truly missed.
Love Carole & Nancy
Carole Milker
November 24, 2013
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