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Marsha B. Sherris, skiier, co-owner of Ski Rack

May 20, 1949 – July 25, 2016

Marsha B. Sherris, of Amherst, prominent in the Western New York skiing community, died Tuesday in the home of her longtime companion, Dr. Hanley R. Horwitz, in Clarence, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. She was 67.

She and her late husband, Donald, were owners of the Ski Rack, a skiing equipment retail store in Williamsville that expanded to branches in Orchard Park, Ellicottville and at Kissing Bridge in Colden. The business was sold in 1984.

The Sherrises outfitted President Gerald Ford and his family for a Christmas holiday skiing trip to Vail, Colo., and were guests at a gala dinner in the White House on Dec. 13, 1974. The event was chronicled in a story and photograph on the front page of The Buffalo News.

They were charter member of the Ellicottville Ski Club and pioneered junior ski racing locally. They sponsored the U.S. ski team in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Her husband died in 1993.

In recent years, Mrs. Sherris was a real estate agent with Hunt Real Estate, Williamsville. She was a former board member of the Junior League of Buffalo and served on the board of Planned Parenthood in Buffalo in the 1970s and 1980s. She also was active as a volunteer in charity events.

Born in Montreal, the former Marsha Adler came to Buffalo with her family in 1956 and was a graduate of Amherst High School. An avid skier and a gymnast as a girl, she worked at the Ski Rack before her marriage.

She frequently won golf and tennis tournaments at the Westwood Country Club, where she was a representative to Women’s Buffalo District Golf Association.

An avid traveler, she visited more than 40 nations and in recent years made annual visits to Italy. An opera enthusiast, she often attended La Scala in Milan and visited virtually every major opera house in the U.S.

In addition to her companion, survivors include a son, Adam; five stepsons, Arieh, Dr. David, Dr. Kirk, Frank Reppenhagen V and Mark Mandrake; two stepdaughters, Tracy Makin and V. Melissa Horwitz; two brothers, David Adler and Ronald Adler; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

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