Dec. 12, 1924 – March 16, 2013
Wilda G. Levin, a psychiatric social worker who ran several area therapy groups, died Saturday in her home in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. She was 88.
Born Wilda Godelp in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Lafayette High School and the University of Buffalo.
She also received a master’s degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Mass., and worked for a year as a medical social worker in Massachusetts General Hospital.
She returned to Buffalo in 1949 to marry Kenneth L. Levin. Her husband of more than 47 years died in 1997.
Mrs. Levin lived for seven years in New Mexico before returning to Western New York and becoming a longtime resident of North Buffalo.
She spent many years employed at the Children’s Hospital Crippled Children’s Guild before shifting her focus to psychiatric social work.
She spent more than two decades at the University at Buffalo’s Student Counseling Center as head social worker, retiring from the university in the 1980s.
She then started a private practice, which she continued until about four years ago. She conducted several long-running therapy groups and also saw individual clients.
An active member of and performer with the Buffalo Friends of Folk Music, Mrs. Levin was a prodigious writer of folk songs. She sang and played guitar, usually in the Williamsville Meeting House or at coffee shops. She also enjoyed writing poetry.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Levin Grundy and Bethann.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Canterbury Woods, 705 Renaissance Drive, Amherst.