Susan Wehle, 55 of Amherst, one of 49 passengers killed when a Continental commuter plane nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo on Friday, was a cantor at Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, New York.
David Berghash, the temple's president, said she was "loved by every congregant here and she will be sorely missed."
Before Temple Beth Am, Wehle was the cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai in nearby Amherst for 9 1/2 years. She taught musical and spiritual workshops, conducted youth and adult choirs and performed in concerts in the United States, Canada and Israel.
She is survived by her two sons, Jacob and Jonah Mink. Jacob is currently in Vermont and Jonah is in Israel, Berghash said.