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Vibha A. Shah, 81, passed away Friday November 12, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She experienced declining health over the past few months due to several chronic conditions.
Born in Bombay, India on June 27, 1940, Vibha Jhaveri trained as a professional social worker there. After moving to New York, Vibha worked first as a medical social worker in Misericordia (now Our Lady of Mercy) Hospital for fifteen years. Starting in 1987 she was an oncology social worker at Cancer Care, a nonprofit patient advocacy organization. She brought Cancer Care’s services to Westchester by founding a satellite office in the early 1990s. She retired in 2005.
Vibha’s warmth, vibrancy, compassion and ability to connect with people benefitted not only her clients, but her friends and family as well. With her pioneering spirit she first came to the US as part of a 4H farm exchange program in 1961 and then again with her husband, Ashvin Shah, and infant, to begin their life in the US in 1967. She was the first from her family to settle in America. She and her husband have lived in Scarsdale, NY since 1972 where they raised two children, Anjani and Anuj. The home she decorated with original artwork and crafts from the many travels she had with her husband, was a frequent base for extended family members. She was an exquisite cook and hosted many gatherings. Vibha was adventurous in numerous ways – always exploring with her husband, new cultures and cuisines either by walking, cooking or friendships.
She is survived by her husband, children, their spouses Emile Zen and Nidhi Singh, and grandchildren: Naima and Nayan Zen; and Sonia and Milan Shah; as well as her large extended family in India. Vibha’s gentle and strong spirit will be missed. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from family and friends.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to https://www.cancercare.org/donate-now.
Video of In-person Funeral Prayer Service on Nov 15, 2021: http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/63726