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Dorothy Reisha Meyers 1922 - 2013

Dorothy Reisha Meyers

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
In Memory of my dear sister-in-law... Dorothy Reisha Meyers
Reisha, as she was known by her family, and I were sisters-in-law a long time... since April, 1952. That was the month and year of my marriage in New York to her brother, Samuel P. Meyers,.. my beloved husband, who passed away in November, 2007...
Reisha and I were something like the "odd couple"... . our backgrounds and ' chemistry' just
didn't mix, but as the years passed, we found ourselves frequently on the same page....
She would often visit us in NY those first yrs and fell in love with her first baby nephew, Steve,..This was when my husband was pursuing his Doctorate... at Columbia University... Afterwards we moved back to Miami..... As an employee of Pan Am. and later, National Airlines, Reisha had many opportunities to travel and see something of the world. She would often take her mother, or a good friend,, on some of these trips. Once she invited me to fly with her to France and Spain , for six weeks ! Wow! Everyone in the family marvelled and wondered if we'd still be speaking to each other upon our return ! In spite of a few 'mishaps' during those extraordinary 6 weeks, we both sailed thru with flying colors.... and gained a better insight into each other's 'ups and downs'.. so to speak.
Over the years, she became' Auntie Mame' to seven nephews and nieces.....three from her younger brother, Mike.. Eccentric, Yes!
Wherever she went, she drew attention, loved little kids and animals...
During the Cold War era, she sponsored and hosted a family of "Refusenicks", Jewish people fleeing from Russia.. helping them to get on their feet and to learn English. In that same era, she sponsored a mother and son.. I believe, also from the Soviet Union... She volunteered for the Lighthouse of the Blind, after retirement, and even learned Braille !!!! She was usually rooting for the 'Underdog", wherever and whenever she could....
We were not always on the same political page during those turbulent decades of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties but she later 'studied' those events and reconciled herself to the Rightness of the "Cause" that I supported, whether it be opposition to the war in Vietnam ......fighting for Civil Rights with Martin Luther King, Jr., opposing American military intervention in Central America, the Middle East...... (the latter was always a sensitive issue for obvious reasons.)...but she understood that there were many other opinions concerning that volatile part of the world!
Dorothy Reisha passed away the same day that I moved into a retirement community.. March 28th of this year, leaving my beloved old home, with so many memories.. which included so many of her visits,..... It was just more than I could bear !! While I personally was unable to attend Reisha's funeral, I was pleased that some of my family were present ! Dear Reisha, may you rest in peace. ... your sister-in-law, Trudi Meyers,.. residing in Baton Rouge, La. since the late Sixties..
I will miss you very much .....
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I am Dorothy's nephew Ben Meyers. I was in attendance at the funeral service along with my sister Sue. We both had the opportunity to share our thoughts. Our family knew her as Reisha. Today marks one month since she passed away. I wanted to share a synopsis of my reflections from the service. Reisha had a special love for children. She cared about the little people, the poor and people challenged with disabilities. She gave of her time, talents and gifts to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. I remember our trip to Mexico in 1977 when I was just an "innocent" adolescent! Reisha was a "party aunt" in a positive way! In a very entertaining way, Reisha allowed me to experience a new culture. I will always be grateful for that! Reisha was always so kind to my spouse Pam and accepted her unconditionally. Reisha tended to be more concerned with other peoples' welfare in such a way that she took the focus off her own problems. Even when Reisha was in the hospital for the final time, she inquired on more than one occasion about Pam's health situation as well as my employment status. I recalled the many times she asked me to check her makeup over the years when she visited. Not in a vain way, but just to make sure she presented herself appropriately. I especially recall spreading her eye liner to even it out! I always looked forward to that! I said at the service that my aunt's "makeup" is perfect and ready for the journey to come! She will be missed in so many wonderful ways! Shalom!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Rest in peace :-)
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