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DOROTHY JONAS

JONAS--Dorothy (Dottie), nee Ziselman, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Applewood Estates, Freehold, NJ after a long illness. Born Dviora Ziselman in 1918 in what was then the Bessarabia region of Romania, she emigrated to this country in 1920. Dottie grew up in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn, over her father's kosher butcher shop. A bright student, she graduated from New Utrecht High School at the age of 15. Her agile mind was evident throughout her life including when she adopted computers, the internet, and email in her 80s. She celebrated her 90th birthday with microphone in her hand, entertaining family and friends. While she would likely have attended college had circumstances been different, instead she worked as a bookkeeper for businesses in the garment trade. Always stylish, as a young woman she bore a strong resemblance to a young Bette Davis. She married Charles Jonas on March 23, 1941. Moving from Brooklyn in 1951, they raised three children in the Green Acres neighborhood of Valley Stream, NY. Dottie and Charlie were quite the couple on the dance floor. Although neither Dottie nor Charlie had the opportunity for higher education, the education of their children was a priority. All three of their children graduated from college with son Marc graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and then the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and son Jeffrey from Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. She was tragically preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Susan Jonas Koren, a graduate of Queens College. Dottie was devoted to her family and provided loving care to her husband Charlie, until his death from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Dottie is survived by sons Marc D. Jonas, Esq., Dr. Jeffrey Jonas, daughter-in-law, Claudia D. McCarron, Esq., grandchildren, Susan, Serena, Zachary, and Zoe Jonas, and step-grandchildren, Meghan, Alex, and Meredith McCarron. The family invites contributions in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.


Published in The New York Times on Mar. 25, 2014
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