Sonya S. Tatar

Sonya S. Tatar, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on June 9, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born in Amsterdam, New York, on February 17, 1928, the daughter of Everett and Rose Singer. She graduated from Amsterdam High School, and then attended Syracuse University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority, graduating in 1949 with a B.A. in English and a minor in music. While continuing her education at Syracuse in pursuit of a Master’s degree in English, she met her future husband, Richard. They were married on October 23, 1949, and spent 62 years together, raising their family in Gloversville, NY. They also enjoyed many years of retirement at their home in Palm Desert, CA. She is predeceased by Richard, who passed away in August of 2011. She is survived by a son, Neil and his wife Linda of Queensbury, NY and a daughter, Linda Landau and her husband Mark of Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, she has four grandsons, Benjamin Tatar of Queensbury, NY, Daniel Tatar of Boston, MA, David Landau and his wife Jennifer of Bellevue, WA, and Derek Landau of Dallas, TX. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother and was always very proud and supportive of her family.

Sonya was a talented woman with an extraordinary intellect. She was a gourmet cook, an accomplished classical pianist, an avid reader, a true fashionista, a supporter of the arts, and most importantly was an outstanding duplicate bridge player. In 2005, she was awarded the designation of “Life Master” from the American Contract Bridge League, where she played at a highly competitive level right up until her 86th birthday, often placing at the top of the leaderboard in tournament play. She also loved to travel and was especially fond of her vacations to Capri with Richard.

As a member of the community, Sonya was very civic minded. She was a member of Hadassah as well as the Sisterhood of Knesseth Israel Synagogue. She was quite active as a volunteer for Nathan Littauer Hospital, overseeing the gift shop for several years and spearheading a fund drive that successfully led to the building of a new addition to the Hospital. She was a true humanitarian and philanthropist, living by the philosophy that the best way to donate is anonymously, and she, along with her husband, often chose to support many charitable causes in this manner.

Funeral services will be held at Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville on Friday, June 13th, at 11 am. Donations can be made in her memory to Knesseth Israel Synagogue, 34 East Fulton St., Gloversville, NY 12078, ADK Charities (a family charitable foundation that supports Autism programs) PO Box 4748, Queensbury, NY 12804, or to Syracuse University( memo line: for Ernie Davis Fund ) 820 Comstock Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244. Please reference “in memory of Sonya Tatar” on all donations.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home Gloversville, NY. Online condolences are available at