Leonore “Lee” Harelik (Schiffman) of Springfield died June 12, 2014. Born and raised in the Bronx, she moved to Irvington in 1959 and to Springfield in 1972.
Mrs. Harelik worked for many years for the federal government. She was a writer and broadcaster for the Voice of America, an administrative assistant for the National Labor Relations Board, and a case intaker for the Internal Revenue Service.
She received a bachelor of arts from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
She and her family were among the earliest members of Congregation Israel of Springfield, where she was an active congregant, serving as past sisterhood president and past Senior Set president. In 2012, she was honored by the congregation with the “Aishet Chayil” Woman of Valor award. She was also a past president and lifetime member of B’nai B’rith Women (Jewish Women International). She was also active in the Township of Springfield and numerous civic projects.
She was a trained opera singer, with the highest range of voice, a coloratura.
Predeceased by her husband, Melvin, in 2005, she is survived by her daughter, Clara Harelik (Jay Mevorah) of Springfield, and three grandchildren.
Services were held June 15 with arrangements by Ross’ Shalom Chapels, Springfield.