Obituary of Michael S. Lares
Michael S. Lares
Age 58, of Elmira, passed away at home on Sunday, October 1, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born in Brooklyn, NY, the first son of the late Robert S. and Katherine L. (Keenan) Lares. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Phyllis J. (Eilenberg) Lares; son Hunter D. Lares of Buffalo, NY; daughter Rebecca K. Lares of Albany, NY; siblings, James P. Lares (with Paula Eilenberg) of Elmira, NY; Gen. Katherine A. (Curt) Simonson, U.S. Army of Spanaway, WA; Elizabeth E. (Brett) Locke of LeRoy, NY; Margaret A. (Brian) Busch of Horseheads, NY; Patricia M. (David) Wood of Elmira, NY and Robert F. (Nina) Lares of Buffalo, NY; mother-in-law Phoebe Eilenberg of Elmira, NY; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Paula Eilenberg of Staten Island and Elmira, NY; David (Marla) Eilenberg of Staten Island, NY, and Sylvia Eilenberg of Staten Island, NY. He is also survived by three aunts, an uncle, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Michael is predeceased by his father-in-law Stewart Eilenberg.
Michael will be remembered for his great love of music. He maintained an extensive music library across all genres. He also had a beautiful tenor voice and sang in the St. Mary’s choir for many years. Michael was known for his dedication to the community, as evidenced by his service on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Chemung County Historical Society and, most recently, The Arnot Health Foundation. Michael also volunteered his time, coaching and officiating for the Mark Twain Little League and Elmira Small Fry. Over the past several years, Michael developed a passion for the game of golf. He played every chance he got. He encouraged others to participate in the sport because he found it to be a great way to connect with people. Family was incredibly important to Michael. He was devoted to his wife and children, as well as his siblings and extended family. His fun-loving personality and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY, on Friday, October 6, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 224 Franklin Street, Elmira, NY, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Falck Cancer Center or Arnot Health Foundation, both at 571 St. Joseph’s Boulevard, Elmira, NY 14901, in Michael’s name, would be greatly appreciated.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael Lares, please visit Tribute Store
Mass of Christian Burial
Interment, with Committal Prayers
In Loving Memory
1964 - 2023
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