Shirley (Shana Leah) Aronson Kanofsky, age 82, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, after a valiant battle against cancer.
Shirley was born Nov. 5, 1931, to Barney and Gusta (Rosenthal) Aronson. She was the middle child to her older and younger sisters, Hilda Aronson Schwartz and Paula Aronson Segal.
Shirley graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1949, with career-track math and bookkeeping skills. She was presented as a Daughter of the Eastern Star, and was a member of Delta Phi Sorority. On New Years Day 1950, she married Sidney Kanofsky and, in the following years, became the mother to three children, Drean (Deceased 2009), Lyn and Michael Kanofsky. Shirley was a dedicated mother, who attended and supported all her children's educational and social events.
Shirley's accomplishments and affiliations included active membership of Congregation Shaaray Tefila Synagogue of Glens Falls, where she was a Sunday School and Hebrew teacher for 20 years, a past member of the Synagogue Board, a fundraiser of the BINGO Committee, a Shabbat Kiddush provider, a past member of Chevrah Kadisha, a past president of Synagogue Sisterhood and she was the Congregation's Visiting Representative to Glens Falls Hospital. She never failed to mention those who were instrumental in her religious and personal awareness, some of whom were Rabbi and Mrs. Silverberg, Rabbi Solomon, Rabbi and Mrs. Rubin, Rabbi Schulman and the hundreds of women and men of Lubavitch Movement and Chabad, whom she met across the United States.
Shirley was active in business. While growing up above her family's business, she worked for her parents in Aronson's Drug Store. From the time she could reach the counter, she greeted and waited on customers. Later in life, she worked with her family businesses, Northway Hotel, as proprietor, and Northway Communications, where she worked in shipping-receiving, and record keeping.
Home and family were most important to her. In her parents' later years, Shirley became their caregiver. In addition, she maintained her own Kosher home so that as they grew up, her four grandchildren (Megan and Aaron Kanofsky of Glens Falls, and Avvi Shabat of Houston, Texas and David Shabat of Toccoa, Georgia, and her five great-grandchildren, Benjamin Shabat of Toccoa, Georgia, and Rina, Bayla, Sara and Gila Shabat of Houston, Texas), partook of the Jewish lifestyle, and learned of the religious customs Shirley upheld in her home.
In keeping with her love of family and community, Shirley brought the serious study of Judaism to children of the combined Shaaray Tefila and Beth El religious schools, by singing, dancing and sharing. Her love for children is most celebrated and remembered by students who never forgot her teachings, and who as adults brought their children to Shirley to learn in her encouraging environment. Raising children's self-confidence, and making every child feel special and exceptional, was the learning environment Shirley created.
During her illness, Shirley appreciated those who helped her: Donna Boss and Dr. Gillani, and all the doctors, nurses, clinicians, pastors and staff at Glens Falls Hospital and Cancer Center, who were so kind and gentle to her, her husband, Sid, and her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Margaret Kanofsky, who all offered their help and support when and wherever possible.
To the end, Shirley cherished the warmth, kindness and love she received from those who survive her: husband, Sid; children Lyn (James) Greene, and Michael (Margaret) Kanofsky, Chris Hanley; grandchildren, Aaron and Megan Kanofsky, David Shabat and his wife, Dr. Lenka Novotna, and Dr. Avvi Shabat and his wife, Yehudeet; great- grandchildren, Benjamin Shabat, Rina, Bayla, Sara and Gila Shabat; sister, Hilda Aronson Schwartz and her husband, Moe, and sister, Paula Aronson Segal; nieces and nephews, Rosalyn Schwartz Winston and family, Diane Schwartz Gelman and her husband, David, Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife, Patti, and family, Scott Schwartz and his wife, Michelle, and family, Meridith Segal Dominy and her husband, Ed, and family, Debbie Segal, Marsha Aronson McAllister and her husband, James, and family, Rene Aronson, Martin Goodman, Brian Goodman, Dr. Gail Goodman, Sunny Buchman, Harrie Bobbin, and all the relatives, friends and neighbors too numerous to name. Her entire family and community were precious to her.
Thank you all, so very much.