Bell, Karen Zelfman, 63, of Larchmont, NY passed away on December 15,
2010, beloved wife of Sanford for 37 years; adoring and adored mother
of Catherine Bell and Maddie Ribble and Jonathan and Julie Bell;
devoted daughter of the late Esther Zelfman; loving sister of Barbara
and Norman Gross and Linda Buxbaum and sister-in-law of Linda Bell.
Special aunt to her nieces and nephews. Dear friend and esteemed
After beginning her legal career as an Assistant District
Attorney in Bronx County, Karen was, for more than 30 years, a highly
respected and beloved attorney in Westchester County, New York. In
addition to her practice as a real estate attorney, she was intimately
involved in the areas of law which most affected women and children.
She served as a law guardian for more than 25 years and was
instrumental in the establishment of the Moderate Means Panel at the
Pace Women’s Justice Center to ensure representation of low and middle
income persons in matrimonial proceedings.
In 2004, she was the first recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Moderate Means
Award, and she served as a mentor, educator and advisor for that panel
since its inception. Karen’s skill and commitment have been an
inspiration to her colleagues in collaborative divorce. She served
with distinction as President of the Westchester Women’s Bar
Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar
Association of the State of New York which bestowed upon her the
Marilyn Menge Distinguished Service Award, and most recently as a
Director of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation. Her
standing in the profession was reflected in her appointment to the
Committee on Character and Fitness for the Ninth Judicial District.
Services Friday, December 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM Larchmont Temple, 75
Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY. Contributions may be made to the
Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation c/o Robin D. Carton,
Esq., 5 Waller Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601 or to Memorial
Sloan Kettering earmarked for the Patient Free Care Fund at MSK Cancer
Center, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or at 866-815-9501. For
further details call Fox Funeral Home, 914-834-0144.