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Dorothy Frankel


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Dorothy J. Frankel
January 16, 1924 - November 3, 2012
Resident of Saratoga
Dorothy unexpectedly passed away on November 3, 2012 at the age of 88. Her children, Madeleine Frankel of Los Gatos, Bradley Frankel of San Jose, and Pamela Frankel of Portland, OR were with her.
Dorothy lived a long and full life. She was born in Rochester, NY and moved with her family to the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles when she was 12. Upon completing high school, she married her husband, Jay, in December 1941 and moved to San Diego. While Jay was in the "Flying Navy" in the South Pacific, she worked for Consolidated Aircraft as a "Rosie the Riveter." When the war ended, they moved to Oakland, CA where they started a family. They moved to Santa Clara County in 1955 and, in 1960, built the family home in Saratoga where she still resided.
Dorothy was an active member in the local Jewish community. She was a founding member of Congregation Sinai, an advisor to the B'nai Brith youth programs (BBG/AZA), helped set up the library and gift shop at Temple Emanuel, helped found and actively support the San Jose branch of Hillel House, contributed to the development of Chai House, and was a longtime member of Brandeis National Committee of Silicon Valley.
She will be fondly remembered for her thoughtfulness, generosity, sense of humor and great storytelling, her zest for life, and her boundless ability to give love and compassion to everyone she touched. However, her proudest accomplishment in life was being an extraordinary mother and role model to her children. She will be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 North Santa Cruz Ave in Los Gatos, at 11AM on Wednesday November 14, 2012 with a reception to follow.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to one of the following:


Brandeis National Committee
Hillel of San Jose
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Southern Poverty Law Center

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 10, 2012
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