Library Renaming Celebration October 6


The Savona Free Library is changing its name to the Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library.  In recognition of the name change there will be a celebration at the Mary Helen Joint meeting house at the corner of Main and McCoy Streets on Saturday, October 6, starting at 11:30 am until 2:00 pm.  There will be food, give-a-ways, a ribbon cutting ceremony and entertainment featuring Moreland the Magician.  Friends of the Library and the general public are invited to attend.


Dr. Benedek, his wife Berthe, and their son Roland emigrated from Germany in 1952.  In 1957 Dr. Benedek and his family which now including Irma, moved to Savona where he set up his medical practice.  Dr. Benedek was an obstetrician/gynecologist and general practitioner until his death in 1992.  In addition to his practice he served as the school doctor for Savona, Campbell and Bradford schools, County Coroner, and physician for the Steuben County Jail.  Mrs. Benedek was a homemaker, an avid reader, and was known for her baking and beautiful flowers outside the home.  She passed away in 2008.


Irma and Roland started a memorial fund in honor of their parents.  In 2011 they selected the Savona Free Library as the recipient of the memorial fund believing that their parents would be pleased that it would support the community.  At that time the library was looking to expand as part of the long term plan initiated by the Savona Free Library to provide enhanced library services for the communities of Savona and Campbell.  The historic property at the Main and McCoy location was obtained.




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