Phyllis (Hoffman) Charney
Born 8/29/1922 in Haverhill, MA
Died 3/24/2016

Phyllis Charney, 93, died early Thursday morning at Crouse Hospital. Born August 29, 1922 to Abe and Anna Shapiro Hoffman in Haverhill, MA, she had been a resident of Syracuse for most of her life. She met her future husband Jerome in grade school; were married and raised their children in Syracuse. Phyllis was the co-founder of Charneys Mens Clothing Stores, soon to celebrate its 63rd year in business. Phyllis had continued to work and support the family business, even at 93 years of age. When her beloved husband Jerome died in 1992 her will and determination to serve her family and her community prevailed.
Phyllis was a past president of the Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, and served on the Temples board of trustees. Temple Beth El honored her with the Sisterhood Woman of Valor Award; and also The Shomer Award. The Syracuse Jewish Community Center recognized her outstanding service to the community by awarding her their highest honor- The Kavod Gadol award, and most recently she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Her focus was always to serve her family, her community, her family of co-workers at Charneys, and most especially to serve the needs of local children. Phyllis\\'s children maintain that she "truly instilled in them the values of volunteerism and community service, exemplifying the true meaning of tzedakah (charity)."
Her family includes her children Mel and Sarah Charney, and Karen and Sheldon Kruth; her grandchildren Lisa and Adam Waldman, Jennifer Charney, Randi and Fred Wheeler, Amy and Benjamin Levoy, Jill and Jeffrey Braverman, and Jessica and Matthew Rice; and her great-grandchildren Jake, Ryan, Bryce, Koby, Samantha, Julia, Alexis, and Olivia.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Sisskind Funeral Chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel, 3175 E. Genesee Street. Burial will be in Beth El Cemetery. Contributions in Phyllis memory may be made to The Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program at The Jewish Community Center. Shiva will be observed at Mel and Sarahs home Sunday and Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

Date of Death: March 24, 2016
Burial Location
Jerome Charney Veteran WWII
Born 1922
Died 1992