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Louise M. Vigdor

Pittsford – Formerly of Brighton – On January 26, 2024, three days short of her 94th birthday. She is predeceased by her parents, Leo and Sally Martin. Louise is survived by her husband, Justin; children, Robert (Rebecca) Vigdor, Jill (Jonathan) Vigdor Feldman, Lisa (Jeffrey) Vigdor Peck and Wendy (Bill) Vigdor Hess; grandchildren, Melissa (Kevin) Smith, Richard (Elana) Vigdor, Jayme Feldman, Jason (Jessie) Feldman, Lena (Ellen Watlington) Peck, Allie Peck, Solomon Hess and Althea Hess; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Violet, Garret, Davis and Dean.

Louise Vigdor was born in the Bronx, New York where she attended Walton High School.  Louise obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Mills College of Education, part of Adelphi University.  Louise first used her degree in education as an elementary school teacher in Harlem, New York.

Louise and Justin were married in Manhattan, New York in 1951.  In 1952, Louise joined Justin in Charlottesville, Virginia where Justin was stationed with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corp. While in Charlottesville, she taught students with special needs.  Louise and Justin had their first child, Robert, in 1953.  In 1954, they moved to Rochester where their three daughters (Jill, Lisa, and Wendy) were born.   During these years Louise was involved in many artistic activities, including flower arranging, watercolor painting, and calligraphy.  She was also an avid gardener and chef.  Her beef brisket, potato salad, and chopped liver were among her friends’ and family’s favorites.  Louise loved to sunbathe and would spend hours on a beach collecting shells and sand dollars.  Louise also tried and made a good faith effort to play tennis, golf, and ski.

As her children got older Louise returned to teaching elementary school in the Brighton Central School District, from which she retired.  Above all else, Louise was a loving mother to her four children, grandmother to her eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and for 71 years a loving wife to Justin.

In later life, Louise developed Alzheimer’s disease which slowly progressed.  Even so, her smile could light up any room and her warm and loving nature never wavered.  Most recently, Louise enjoyed living and making friends at Valley Manor.  She had many friends who enjoyed seeing her smile.  No day was complete for Louise without a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

During her later years, Louise had a team of caring angels who helped her through her journey with Alzheimer’s.  Louise’s family is filled with gratitude and thanks to those caregivers and the staff at Valley Manor.

Louise’s Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 29, 2024, 11 AM at Temple B’rith Kodesh (in the Chapel), 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester.  Click HERE for the Zoom link to watch the services.

Meeting ID: 849 9087 5667
Passcode: 736462

Interment to follow at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford. The family will sit Shiva Monday, January 29, from 3-5 PM and Tuesday 1-5 PM at Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610. Kindly consider donations to Marian’s House, Alzheimer’s Association, Hochstein School of Music or a charity of your choice in Louise’s memory.

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