With deep regret and sadness, the family of Bernard Leon Ladenheim, formerly of Margaretville, has announced his death. He passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at Benedictine Hospital from complications related to a stroke. Born in Ellenville on January 23, 1929, he was the son of Samuel and Molly Drantch Ladenheim. The Ladenheim family moved to Margaretville in 1938 and made their home in the area since that time.
Bernie attended Margar-etville Central School, graduating in 1947. An outstanding athlete, he was recruited as a pitcher and played professional baseball for the Peekskill Highlanders, a minor league team of the New York Giants, from 1947-1949.
After a career-ending a shoulder injury, he joined the family business, Ladenheim & Sons Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership in Margaretville, where he worked until health problems forced him to close the business in 1992. Subsequently, he resided in Florida, South Carolina and upstate New York.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, his children, Mark (Connie Lewis) Ladenheim, Bruce (Rose) Ladenheim, David Ladenheim and Melissa (James Moreira) Ladenheim, stepchildren, Gene (Dianne) Sorbellini, Joseph (Diane) Sorbellini, David (Tammy) Sorbellini and Gregory (Stephanie) Sorbellini. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Sara (Eric Forman), Maria, Aaron, Rachel, Andrew and Alexander; seven step grandchildren, Vincent, Michael, Anthony, Jessica, Megan, Anabel and Owen and one great-grandchild, Benjamin. He is also survived by his former wife, Francine Ladenheim, his brother, Yale (Barbara) Ladenheim; sisters-in-law, Florence Ladenheim, Lois Esposito, Gloria Ausubel; brother-in-law, Steven (Mari-lu) George and several nieces and nephews.
Bernie was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, Harold.
Anyone who knew Bernie will recall a person of character and quite a character, too. He will be remembered as a unique spirit, a person who often seemed larger than life. He touched the lives of many people with stories, laughter and a bravado that only he could pull off. Getting your car repaired at Ladenheim & Sons was always memorable and at times bordered on performance art.
The Ladenheim family would like to thank Dr. Rissman, Dr. Gooch, Dr. Krakower, Dr. Hammond, the emergency department staff, the fourth-floor nursing staff, Ellenville Police Department and EMS crews whose care and kindness are much appreciated.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 10, at Ezrath Israel Synagogue, Ellenville.
Donations in Bernie’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.