Anita J. Behn

June 27, 1938 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


Guilderland – Anita J. Behn, 85, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday August 7, 2023. Born in Batavia, NY she is the daughter of the late Abraham and Rose (Barsuk) Davidovitz.

Anita worked for the New York State Dept. of Education for more than 30 years, including 10 years as the Administrator of The New York State Museum. She also worked as a columnist for the Times Union for more than 10 years. Anita was a lifelong learner, loved to read with her book club, and studied Yiddish for many years. The most important thing to Anita was spending time with her family, from her children and grandchildren to her cousins and extended family and friends.

Anita is survived by her children, Michael Behn, Phil (Leanne) Behn and Sharon Behn; her sister, Phyllis (Robert) Berman; and her grandchildren, Maya Behn, Sara Behn, J.D. Clampitt and Leslie Sutherlin.

In addition to her parents, Anita was predeceased by her husband, Melvyn Behn; and her sister, Reva-Belle (Louis) Kramer.

Those wishing to remember Anita in a special way can make memorial contributions in her name to The American Cancer Society or Congregation Agudat Achim

Funeral services will be held graveside on Sunday August 13th at 10:00 am Agudat Achim Cemetery, 100 Mt. Stuart Rd. in Rotterdam. A meal of condolence will follow the burial at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union St. in Schenectady.

The family will be receiving guests at Anita’s home, 27 East Parkwood St. in Albany, on Thursday August 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Anita's Funeral services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Anita Behn Livestream of Funeral Services

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