NCJW/Essex’s longtime bookkeeper Diane Apter has retired after more than 28 years. A celebration was held via Zoom, and many shared their fond memories of working with Diane, and how she was always there to help and to share a friendly smile.
Here are a few of the recollections shared from those who knew Diane over the years.
Diane arrived at NCJW just in time for me. I had just become the treasurer of our Thrift Shop and had no idea about taxes, etc. She spent hours with me teaching and never gave up. ENJOY your retirement – you deserve it! – Sylvia Goldbas
Dearest Diane, I remember when we hired you – lo those many years ago. You taught me bookkeeping 101 and during my 15-years with the Section were always such strong support. It is no wonder I came to love you and your family so much. We celebrated so much together and of course, cried together as well. Now when I think of you I picture you at Abra’s wedding – smiling, glowing, taking care of each and every guest – not to mention helping her change into her many dresses!! But mostly, I remember the last time I saw you with your mom, Murray. You are a very special woman Diane – you combine grace and strength in the most perfect way. NCJW is so fortunate to have had your support for so many years. I treasure the moments and hugs that we shared. Enjoy this next chapter. Perhaps a visit to Los Angeles is in the cards????
Love and admiration always,
I have known Diane for many years, and always appreciated her warmth. She always asked me about my family and children and it was genuine. As president I enjoyed working with her, she never lost her patience with me no matter how silly the question was!! We will miss you Diane!” – Lesley Greenstein
I’ve always been grateful that Diane is part of the NCJW/Essex staff, as well as being my friend. She is so generous, warm and compassionate toward everyone she meets. For quite a while, the only people regularly working in the office on Friday were Diane and me. We enjoyed having lunch together in the conference room, with plenty of sharing: stories and photos of our families; my friend’s knowledge of Italian & memories of her childhood; one of Diane’s homemade soups and sometimes a treat from the cafe. I loved hearing about Diane’s daughters and her grandchildren, of whom was very proud. Occasionally I’d play my flute for a little while. Diane always turned off the music in her office so she could enjoy the Italian tunes. I think we developed a special bond, spending time together on Fridays. Diane gave so much of herself to NCJW/Essex. She was phenomenal at her job, challenging as it could be at times. Diane worked very hard, sometimes coming in on weekends or staying late on Fridays. She was invaluable in so many ways – day to day bookkeeping, helping out at events, patiently assisting new treasurers and co-chairs of events, solving problems – nothing could get past this amazing woman. Diane was truly a heroine of NCJW/Essex! – Gail Sample