Patricia Anne Vigder

August 1, 1934 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Patricia Vigder Obituary

Patricia Vigder, 89, passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 15, 2023. Patti was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and moved to Akron as a young girl. She graduated from Buchtel High School and attended Flora Stone Mather. Patti was a loving mother to four children and spent countless hours preparing meals, driving carpools, and welcoming neighborhood children into her home.

For most of her life, the Akron Jewish Center was Patti’s home away from home. It started when she attended social events on Balch Street as a teenager and continued in numerous ways throughout her adult life, including her 20 year long career as Director of the Senior Adult Department.

Patti was an active member of the Community, a member of Beth El Congregation, and volunteered with many related organizations including B'nai B'rith Women, ORT, Beth El Sisterhood and Hadassah. She also served as president of Auxiliary and on the Board of Directors at the Akron JCC. Patti had a special place in her heart for Russian Jewish immigrants and worked tirelessly to assist in resettlement efforts in the 1970’s, going above and beyond providing housing assistance, to offer friendship and a sense of community.

Patti is survived by her children; Steve Vigder, Scott (Pat) Vigder, Sharon Richman, and Shelley (Ira) Gebler, grandchildren; Louis and Miranda Vigder, Lily and Hannah Richman, and Alex and Amanda Gebler.

Services will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, at Gordon Flury Memorial Home,12:00 p.m., followed by interment at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family invites friends and loved ones to Shiva and lunch at Anshe Sfard Synagogue immediately following.

Donations in memory of Patti may be made to the Shaw JCC noted “towards adult programming” or Anshe Sfard Synagogue.


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