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Community says goodbye
to Susan Wehle

Wehle inspired others

Updated: Thursday, 19 Feb 2009, 8:56 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009, 8:24 PM EST

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Cantor Susan Wehle was a spiritual leader many people turned to in times of joy and sorrow. Wednesday, her community said goodbye.

Sons Jonah and Jake, suddenly left without a mother, lit a candle in her memory, and a thousand people in mourning tried to hold on to the image of Susan Wehle, the spirited and spirtual woman with the contagious smile.

Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum (Temple Beth Am) said, "We still see Susan in our mind's eye and we see her magnificent full faced smile, and her bouncing curly hair."

As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Cantor Susan Wehle reached out with a one world view, to all generations, especially the young, and had developed a program for Jewish, Muslim, and Christian youth, so they could discover what they had in common.

Reverend Gail Lewis (Williamsville Interfaith Clergy) said, "Not one faith community has been untouched by the loss of Susan Wehle, for everyone of us has been touched by Susan's spirit, her hope, and her outreach for peace among us all."

The service was filled with music, many of the songs Susan would sing to inspire others to make a difference in the world.

Friend Andy Gold said, "Honor Susan by kindling your own flame, which kindles that of others."

Friend Rabbi Jerry Steinberg said, "Farewell, elegant lady. You made your mark, and all here today are your witnesses."

Voice of Susan Wehle: Be blessed with love, be blessed with peace...


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