Howard S. Abrams, 79, of Indiana, passed away with his family by his side, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The son of David and Mabel Hyde Abrams, he was born April 7, 1933, in Pittsburgh.

The Abrams family moved to Indiana in 1936 and opened the Ash Shoe store on Philadelphia Street. Howard attended the Keith School and then graduated from the Kiski School in 1951 and Penn State University in 1955.

After a two-year stint in the Army, he came back to Indiana and began working in the family shoe store with his father and brother. From there he worked as the manager of the shoe department in Brody’s Department store before accepting the position as the Indiana Borough Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer that he held until his retirement in 2000.

He was a well-respected businessman and civic leader who had been an integral part of the local community for over 75 years. Mr. Abrams was very involved in the community as a member of the Borough Planning Commission and chairman of the Oakland Cemetery Board.

He was proudest of his role as one of the founders of the Indiana Sheltered Workshop, on whose board he served for 40 years, and of his work as a member of the organizing board of the Indiana County Group Homes. He also belonged to the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Penn State Alumni Club, the VFW and the American Legion.

In his spare time, Mr. Abrams was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchild.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ina Rae Abrams, of Indiana; two sons, Michael Abrams, of Ford City; Stephan Abrams and wife Meredith, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and the love of his life, his granddaughter, Maya Abrams, of Los Angeles, Calif. He is also survived by his brother, Leonard Abrams and wife Sally, of Indiana; and Ina’s family, to which he was very close.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson-Lytle, Inc., Indiana. A graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery with Rabbi Eli Reich officiating.

In lieu of the flowers and gifts, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Indiana County Sheltered Workshop, 10th & Water streets, Indiana, PA 15701 or VNA/Hospice, 850 Hospital Road, Suite 3000, Indiana, PA 15701.

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