March 27, 1914 – April 16, 2019
Helene Seeberg, active in Temple Beth Zion and a member of Hadassah for 85 years, died April 16 in Longboat Key, Fla., where she had been a full-time resident for the past 10 years. She was 105.
Born Helene Lichtman in Buffalo, she earned a Daughters of the American Revolution medal for citizenship in the eighth grade and was a 1931 graduate of East High School. She attended the University at Buffalo for a year, but left to find work because of the Depression. She attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute and worked for a few years as a secretary.
She eloped to Washington, D.C., in 1937 to marry Edward T. Seeberg. He became a co-founder and president of Cresbury Clothes, which operated seven stores and two factories in the Buffalo area.
She and her husband traveled around the world and shared a passion for golf. They began wintering in Longboat Key in 1978 and spent summers at their home in Williamsville. Her husband died in 1994.
As a teenager, she was a Red Cross volunteer and a member of Junior Hadassah. She later was president of the Sisterhood at Temple Beth Zion, where she did extensive volunteer work, and headed the Adoption Committee for Jewish Family Service.
In Florida, she volunteered with Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast in Sarasota, helping recent Jewish immigrants from Russia become acclimated.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Marshall; a son, Steven; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A service was held April 21 in Palms Memorial Park, Sarasota, Fla.