It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Genia “Jenny” Apfelbaum Goldsher on Tuesday, March 20 at the age of 95 after a long illness. Genia was born in Sosnowiec, Poland on April 29, 1922, the daughter of Yehiel Haim and Rose Skurka Apfelbaum. During World War II, Genia was brought to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia, while five of her siblings and mother perished in Nazi concentration camps. Genia had two brothers who survived, one lived in France, the other in Israel. Both brothers predeceased her. After the war, while Genia and others were searching for missing family members she was introduced to Alek Goldsher, who was also from Sosnowiec. Alek also lost his parents and several siblings in the camps. Genia and Alek married on July 29, 1946 and emigrated to New York City from Germany with their baby daughter Rose in 1949. In 1950, Genia and Alek had the opportunity to buy a small poultry farm in North Windham, Conn., which they owned and operated for 39 years, and where they raised two daughters and two sons. Genia loved bowling and was very skilled and enthusiastic, often hitting a 200 plus score well into her 70’s. Genia was a master seamstress, making many clothes for her growing family. In the early 1980’s Genia and Alek began wintering in South Florida, which was their fulltime residence for over 25 years. After Alek passed away at the age of 103 Genia moved back to Connecticut to be closer to her children. For the last year and a half Genia resided in West Hartford.  Together they were the center of a circle of loyal friends, many of whom were also farmers or cousins or both. Genia and Alek raised their children to be industrious, compassionate and generous citizens and they stood as examples of how to live for their children, grandchildren and just about anyone who was lucky to have crossed their paths over the years. She was a mother who gave love without condition and without exception. She was a congregant of Temple B’nai Israel in Willimantic for over 30 years, where she was an active member of the Sisterhood and Hadassah. Genia also volunteered for The Dime Bank, the PTA and other organizations. Genia was the world’s greatest cook of Jewish cuisine, as both her chopped liver and gefilte fish were unrivaled. Genia is survived by Rose, Barry, Suzie and Alan as well as grandchildren Emily, Noah, Lacey and Tessa. She also leaves several cherished nieces, nephews and cousins in all parts of the world. Her children would like to thank the wonderful caregivers who took care of mom so lovingly and compassionately.  Especially Laura and Mary, who were with mom during her final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 21 at the Weinstein Chapel with burial at the Beth David Cemetery in Wethersfield. Arrangements were entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford, Conn. For further information or to sign the guest book for Genia Goldsher, please visit online at

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