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June 14, 1924 – March 9, 2013

For decades, Miriam W. Ehrenreich held six different positions at Millard Fillmore Hospital, all as a volunteer.

She worked as a patient advocate in the surgical waiting room for 23 years, served on the Millard Fillmore Foundation for nine years, enjoyed stints on the hospital’s board of trustees and the Ethics Committee and served as president of the Women’s Board. Most recently, she was a member of the Kaleida Foundation, as the Women’s Board liaison for new projects and acquisitions.

Mrs. Ehrenreich – known to everyone as Mimi – enjoyed giving back to her community, before she died Saturday in an assisted-living facility near Philadelphia. She was 88.

A lifelong Buffalo resident, the former Miriam Warnick graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School, attended Millard Fillmore College and later took ethics and English literature classes at the University at Buffalo, developing a love for Dickens, Boswell, Blake and English romantic poetry.

As a volunteer in the Millard Fillmore emergency room, she helped pass along information about patients to their loved ones, a task that led her to become a dedicated advocate for patients’ rights, with a passion for medical ethics.

Mrs. Ehrenreich, according to her family, was a foodie who loved dining, opera and old movies. She even was fascinated by texts and emails, although those electronic communications emerged a little too late in life for her to use them; still, she was a master communicator.

“She loved to talk to people – butchers, waiters, taxi drivers,” said one of her sons, David. “By the time she got where she was going, she knew everything about the taxi driver’s family.”

Mrs. Ehrenreich was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Robert J. Ehrenreich, who died in 1998, and later by her companion, Gordon A. MacLeod.

Survivors include two sons, Richard and David B.; a daughter, Amy Haller; and her brother, Seymour Warnick.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.