May 27, 1924 – June 8, 2015
Shirley Mosler Lyth, a longtime accounting firm owner, died June 8 at her Tonawanda home. She was 90.
Born in Buffalo, the former Shirley Mosler graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1941. Financial challenges and World War II prevented her from attending college but did not prevent her from pursuing a remarkable accounting career that spanned 70 years – 52 of which she owned her own accounting firm. Along with her husband, she also owned a machine tool company for 28 years.
Mrs. Lyth was so trusted by her clients that she was asked to be executor to 14 estates throughout her career.
She was active in many clubs and associations, including Zonta International, where she became the local chapter president. She also held the office of treasurer for virtually all the clubs and associations in which she was a member. She was a board member of two local companies.
An avid lifelong tennis player, Mrs. Lyth achieved a National Tennis Rating Program 4.0 ranking and continued to play tennis at several local clubs into her 80s. The U.S. Tennis Association developed the NTRP rating system based on a scale from 1.0 to 7.0.
She was an active bridge player, achieving life master in 2000 and played competitively with her son until she was 87.
Her husband of 62 years, Alfred Martin Lyth, died in 2009. Survivors include a son, John; a daughter, Mary; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda.