2012-01-18 / Obituaries

Judith Karmi, piano teacher


Karmi Karmi Judith Karmi (nee Timár), 87, of Amherst, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

Mrs. Karmi was born in Budapest, Hungary, and her family was sequestered in the Budapest ghetto during World War II,

She and her family were forced to walk toward the concentration camps of Czechoslovakia in December 1944, when the Hungarian government began complying with Nazi orders.

Mrs. Karmi managed to escape, and hid in a

Hungarian convent until the war ended, when she was reunited with her mother and sister and returned to Budapest.

She also escaped the Hungarian revolution in 1956 and lived in Israel before immigrating to Western New

York, where she joined other members of her family.

Mrs. Karmi taught piano lessons before and during her life in the United States and was always passionate about her music and her students.

She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers’ Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Karmi is survived by two daughters, Agnes Rubinstein and Susanne Wahl; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Stephen Rostas and Michael Karmi.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Mesnekoff Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Guild Scholarship Program, c/o American College of Musicians, P.O. Box 1807, Austin, TX 78767.

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