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Judith K. Neifach, 60, of Richardson, Texas, owner of the former Poise 'N Ivy women's apparel shops in Buffalo and Williamsville, died Tuesday (July 29, 1997) in Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Texas, after a short illness.

Born Judith Karan in Brooklyn, she earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Buffalo and worked for Calspan and Liberty Mutual insurance company before opening the first Poise 'N Ivy store on Elmwood Avenue near Buffalo State College in 1963. She opened the Williamsville store in the mid-1970s.

She closed the Buffalo store in 1994 and closed the Williamsville store earlier this year before moving to Texas to be near her children and grandchildren.

Known for her appreciation of fabrics and design, she also was acclaimed for her needlepoint work, some of which has been donated to the nutrition, hospitality and fashion department at Buffalo State College.

"She sketched out her designs mathematically," her son, Keith, said. "If she made a flower, it not only aesthetically was a flower, but also mathematically it was a flower."

She was a member of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Association and supported the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Studio Arena Theatre.

She was a member of Temple Shaarey Zedek. She also became active in the Down's Syndrome Parents Group of Amherst after one of her grandchildren was born with the condition.

Besides her son, Keith, of Richardson, she is survived by her husband of 41 years, Irving; a daughter, Robin LeoGrande of Plano; a sister, Theodora Karan of Boca Raton, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas.


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