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Jeanette Zausmer, a Jewish center founder <br> April 18, 1914 -- March 8, 2006

Jeanette Zausmer, one of the founders of a Jewish center in New Jersey and a Buffalo resident for the past five years, died March 8 in her home. She was 91.

Born Jeanette Lax in Newark, N.J., she earned an associate's degree from Seth Boyden College in Newark. She later audited courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a young woman, Mrs. Zausmer worked for a welfare department in Newark, doing intake interviews, clerical work and distributing checks. She also worked as a secretary for an interior decorating company.

Mrs. Zausmer helped found Fair Lawn (N.J.) Jewish Center, wrote songs and skits for its social events and was an alto in the choir. She also was a volunteer at Daughters of Miriam Home for the Aged, where she sang in English and Yiddish.

While a Buffalo resident, Mrs. Zausmer enjoyed the robust culture of the city, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and varied architecture. Family described her as having a winning smile, kind heart and keen sense of humor.

She enjoyed traveling with friends and attending Elderhostel events. She was an avid reader and loved bridge and Scrabble.

Her husband of 43 years, Saul, died in 1979.

Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Elisabeth C. Zausmer Gutierrez of Buffalo; a son, Stanley R. of Olney, Md.; and a grandson.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Congregation Havurah, 6320 Main St., Amherst. Burial was in King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, N.J.


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