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“I met Dr. Sam Chernoff through his daughter, Michele, a no better friend anyone can have. I only had the pleasure of his witty, brilliant, passionate...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Rega Petlin - Los Angeles, CA

“Dear Cissy, Michelle & Ellen, I was so very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I wish I would have had the opportunity of spending more time with him....Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Marvin Dinetz - Boynton Beach, FL

“Dear Cissy, Michelle and Ellen, Our sincere condolences for the loss of your loving husband and father. You were the lights and loves of his life. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Ruth Weiss - Beaumont, TX

“Papa, Your legacy will shine forever. You will be greatly missed, and your words of wisdom & advice will help me realize an abundance of success....Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Josh Salganik - Dallas, TX

“Sam was one of the kindest, most generous, and funniest people I have ever known. Growing up, our summer trips to Waco when we would hang out with...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Boaz Salik - New York, NY

“Dr. Sam Chernoff was one of the best friends I ever had. I met him by accident in a Waco cafeteria and without thinking twice (or at all) he invited...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Joshua Salik - Tel Aviv

“Michele, Our prayers are with you and your family. We wish we could have met your father. It is evident that he was a great man! He was truly...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Charles & Jackie Bearden - Dallas, TX

“Uncle Sam: I will miss you. All my love, Janice (niece) ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Janice Muscat - Missouri City, TX

“Michele, I always love to hear the stories about your father and The Wolf. He was a good man and I know how much you and your family will miss him. ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Daniel - Plano, TX

“I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Father loved your Dad and enjoyed being with him. They ate lunch together for 20 years downtown, and my...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Barry Johnson - Dallas, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Rene Coker - Waco, TX

“Michele, so very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I know you will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Hradecky - TX

“Michelle, So sorry to hear about your father. He had an amazing life and a loving family! ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Lamb - TX

“Ellen; I am so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. I trust you find peace and grace in the coming days. Know this, he raised a great daughter! ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Rusty Wooldridge - Overland Park, KS

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Much Love, Snyder-Reisman Family ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Richard Snyder - TX

“Dr Chernoff was a great man and at 97 yrs he lived a long fruitfull life. R.I.P the Schwarz family ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Steven D. Schwarz - Waco, TX

“I had worked with Dr. Sam and Dr. Saul back in the 70's and enjoyed my job at TSO. Dr. Sam always had a joke to tell and could make you smile. I wish...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Diana Engelke - Waco, TX

“Lee, It's been years since I've seen you, Mark or Phil but I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I remember him and your uncle Saul very well. - Is....Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Wayne Mooney - Waco, TX

“Dr. Sam was always there for myself and family. We all considered his family as part of ours. We are truly heart-broken. ...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Marc D. Mormino - Waco, TX

“I worked for Dr. Chernoff in the early 80's and think of him every time I drive down Austin Ave. He was always so full of life and loved giving Sadie...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Denise Niles Ragsdale - Waco, TX

“When I think back to my days in Waco Texas and my first job I think of Dr. Chernoff. He was a brillant man, a great boss, and a friend. He always had...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Ellen Grabsky

“MY LATE FATHER, VERNON WOOLF, AND SAM WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS. WHEN I THINK BACK OF THE FISHING TRIPS THEY TOOK WITH FRIEND SIMON...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: LOUIS WOOLF - WACO, TX

“MY LATE FATHER, VERNON WOOLF, AND SAM WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS. WHEN I THINK BACK OF THE FISHING TRIPS THEY TOOK WITH FRIEND SIMON...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: LOUIS WOOLF - waco, TX


Dr. S. J. Chernoff April 14, 1914 – May 14, 2011 Dr. Samuel J. Chernoff, of Waco, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011. Funeral services will be at Agudath Jacob Cemetery on Monday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. with Rabbi Mordecai Podet officiating. The eldest of four sons, Samuel was born April 27, 1914, in Brooklyn, NY, to Morris and Bessie Chernoff. He was educated in New York Schools and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He began his practice of optometry in New York, Virginia and Texas. Sam moved to Beaumont, TX in 1952 to practice optometry, where he met his wife of 58 years, Sylvia Friedman, and they married in May, 1953. The family moved to Waco, where Sam and his brothers, Dr. William Chernoff and Dr. Saul Chernoff were in practice at their offices Texas State Optical and Optical Dispensary. Sam was an accomplished violinist and played in Beaumont, TX and several symphonies. He was a veteran of WWII. Sam was a Mason since 1937, and a member of the Menorah Lodge #903 of New York. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed many excursions to Florida, Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico with wonderful friends. Sam was an enthusiastic, caring friend who always had an interesting story and colorful joke. He was a frequent contributor to "Letter to the Editor" on political issues. He was past president of Agudath Jacob Synagogue. A supporter and member of environmental, wildlife and humane societies and Texas Association of Optometrists. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Bessie Chernoff, two brothers, Dr. William J. Chernoff and Arthur Chernoff. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia (Cissy); daughters Michele J. Chernoff and Ellen Suzanne Chernoff Simon, and husband, Dr. Walt Simon; son, Lee Joseph Chernoff; grandchildren Marissa Dinetz, Joshua Salganik, Leah Nicole Salganik, Joseph Salganik, Jesse Simon, Mikey Simon; brother, Dr. Saul B. Chernoff, and many nieces and nephews. A thank you to all the staff at Scott & White and Hillcrest of Waco for all their care and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions and memorials may be made in Sam's name to the Humane Society or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com.

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