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Obituary: Sylvia Kudan

Sylvia Kudan, born July 2, 1929 to Mary and Nathan Kudan in Glens Falls, NY, died on Aug. 16, 2011 at approximately 10 p.m.

Sylvia, a polio survivor, was determined to become a leader in spite of the resistance at the time to someone with a handicap. Through the efforts of Rabbi Kurt Metzger at Temple Beth-El she was admitted to Castleton Teachers College in Vermont. She received her masters at Syracuse University. Beloved by her students, many stayed in contact with her up to the present.

In retirement, she held prominent positions on the board of many civic groups, notably for seniors and educators. She held the position of president for her local chapter of Sweet Adelines, enjoying decades of participation in an avocation she cherished – music. On Thursday nights at a local diner one could hear improvised vocals with a team of singers, including Sylvia. She has received honors for her many philanthropic and humanitarian services.

She is survived by her beloved brothers, Norm Kudan and wife Sylvia, Charles Kudan, Rabbi Harold Kudan and wife Phyllis. She is the beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The love, courage, determination, humor, wisdom and joy that Sylvia brought to life will be greatly missed by her devoted family and dear friends.

Services will be held in Glens Falls, NY, on Friday, Aug. 19 at Singleton Healy Funeral Home, 407 Bay Rd., Queesbury, NY (518-793-4459). A memorial service in Plainview in mid-September with time and date yet to be determined.