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Joyce M. Silver, helped establish Record Theatre; Aug. 22, 1931 -- Oct. 19, 2011

Joyce M. Silver, who helped establish Record Theatre with her husband, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 80.

Born Joyce Heicklen in Rochester, she graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and moved to Buffalo in 1954.

Mrs. Silver worked at Record Theatre for 20 years in customer relations, retiring in the mid-1990s.

Record Theatre once dominated the Western New York retail music market.

In 1976, Mrs. Silver's husband, Leonard, opened the 25,000-square-foot flagship store at Main Street and Lafayette Avenue, which at the time held the title of the "world's largest record store."

Through the 1980s and early 1990s, the Record Theatre chain included 10 locations, including stores in Rochester and Syracuse, and the privately held retail company earned national sales volume awards.

In addition to her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Silver is survived by two sons, Larry and Steven.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.

[D/WILLIAMS]

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