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Sheldon Kurtzman, men’s store owner, veteran

May 31, 1925 – Aug. 4, 2014

Sheldon Kurtzman, of Williamsville, a World War II veteran, died Monday in his home after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born in Niagara Falls, Mr. Kurtzman joined the Navy in 1943 and served on a Tank Landing Ship, part of the invasion of Normandy on Omaha Beach on D-Day, After the ship was damaged, he returned to the States and was detached to the Marine Corps’ First Marine Division. He was in the first wave of soldiers on Okinawa Beach to rescue the island and was a participant in the surrender of Japan.

After his military service, Mr. Kurtzman earned a business degree from University of Southern California. In 1953, he married Lois Kahn and joined his father-in-law in the men’s clothing business, working at their Lancaster store, The New York Store. In the 1980s, Mr. Kurtzman took over the business and was owner and operator until his retirement.

His wife of 28 years died in 1981. He married Virginia Mauer in 2001.

Active in the community throughout his life, Mr. Kurtzman was a member of the Town of Lancaster Industrial Development Agency, Lancaster Opera House, Jewish Federation Housing, Downtown Lancaster Business Association and Lancaster Visions. He served on the boards of Temple Beth David, Hospice Advisory and Hickory Hills Condo.

He is survived by his wife Virginia; a daughter, Elaine Werner; a son, Alan; a stepson, Andrew Mauer; a stepdaughter, Leigh Mauer; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst.

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