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After completing 92 revolutions around the sun together, the body and spirit of Sarisa Zoghlin parted ways. She was predeceased by her older brothers, Sheldon and Marvin. She is survived by Leon, her husband of 72 years; four children: Gayla ( Eric), Benson (Mindy), Jason (Rochelle), and Sonya; nine grandchildren: Rachel (Miguel),  Jacob (Lauren), Jeremy, Sam (Andrew), Michael (Anna),  Emma (Schmulik), Eli, Milo, and Caleb; 2 step grandsons: Chris and Josué; 5  great grandchildren: 14 nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
Sarisa was born and raised in Philadelphia. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Later that summer, she and Leon were married and moved to Chicago where she taught elementary school. While Leon completed his medical training, Sarisa cared for their growing family. In 1964, the couple moved to Hilton, New York where the family planted their roots.
There were many accomplishments during the half century in Hilton: wife, mother, homemaker, substitute teacher, school board member, swimming teacher, Fresh Air Fund volunteer, foreign exchange student host, Junior Great Books leader, medical office manager, and chief transportation officer on the route from Hilton to Temple Beth David. In her spare time, Sarisa earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. An avid Jewish student and educator, she learned to chant the weekly lesson from the prophets at Shabbat services and did so well into her 80’s.

Sarisa’s care for her family was immense; so, too, was her concern for others. She lived her life striving to fulfill the commandment of Tikun Olam, the repairing of the world. Her generous and loving spirit will be sorely missed.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Rob Brown Memorial Fund, which aids needy students at East High School in Rochester (P.O. Box 10301, Rochester, NY 14610);; or

Sarisa’s Memorial Service will be held on MONDAY April 22, 2024 at 10 AM in the Interfaith Chapel at Brighton Memorial Chapel (3325 Winton Road South). CLICK HERE for a map to the funeral home.

For those unable to attend in person, please CLICK HERE to Livestream the service.

Shiva will follow the service from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the funeral home.

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