ALBANY–Sam Anderman died peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, December 3. He was born October 25, 1916 in Buczacz, Galicia, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Buchach, Ukraine). Fleeing political unrest and antisemitism, his family immigrated to the USA in 1920. They arrived at Ellis Island and settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at a time when Yiddish was the language of both the home and the street. After the loss of his father at age 7, Sam moved to Chicago with his mother and siblings and grew up helping his family earn a living. Although his formal education ended at high school, Sam parlayed his fierce determination and substantial mathematical gifts into a successful business career. He loved swimming, world travel, storytelling, and bridge–at the end of a bridge hand he could relate, from memory, all the cards his opponents had held. He passionately loved America and was grateful for the freedoms and opportunities his adopted country made possible.
Sam married Lillian Ruth Fredman in 1940. Over the next 7 decades they shared homes in St. Louis, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Palm Springs before moving to NY to live near family in 2006. Adventurers, bridge partners, and lovers of life, their marriage lasted until Lillian’s death in April 2013. Their last years were brightened and cheered by being an active part of their grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives, and they were not meant to be apart for long.
The family thanks Margaret Wheeler, Sabrina Henderson, and Diane Tangora for their tremendous kindness to Sam and Lillian in both good times and harder times. We would also like to express our gratitude to Community Hospice for enabling Sam to remain in his home, surrounded by the things he loved.
He is survived by his sister, Henrietta Fredman, and daughters Julie (John) Lutch and Irene Gutheil and son Michael Anderman; grandchildren Alexandra (Steve) Schmidt, David (Priscilla) Gutheil, Ben (Tonia) Lutch, Robert (Leslie) Gutheil, Matthew (Natalie) Lutch; and great-grandchildren Gideon, Josiah, and Rachel Schmidt, Jonathan, Sophia, David, and Charlotte Lutch, Robbie and Sara Gutheil.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6 at noon at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, Schenectady, New York. Interment will follow in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY. A shiva minyan will be held at 7 pm Sunday evening at the home of Steve and Alexandra Schmidt, 1202 Godfrey Lane, Niskayuna.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Agudat Achim , 2117 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12309.