WEBER--Felicia Penzell, co-founder of the Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School, passed away peacefully early Monday morning surrounded by her family and friends. The cause was multiple infections following a serious car crash. She will be remembered as a lifelong community activist, with great personal warmth and charm. Felicia was born on January 13th, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph and Helen Penzell. She studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received a Masters in Education from Northeastern University, after graduating from Wheaton College with a major in English Literature. Moving to Atlanta in 1976 with her husband and two year-old daughter, she co-founded the organization Mothers to Mothers - a support network for first-time mothers living far away from family. In the early 90s, along with others, Felicia responded to the need for an interdenominational Jewish high school in Atlanta and worked tirelessly to help launch the Weber School. She remained committed to the success of the school and its growing body of students and graduates. Felicia is survived by her husband, Joe Weber; her children and their spouses: Molly Rubin (Zach), Jacob Weber (Amy), and Rachel Weber (Ephraim Pelcovits); and five grandchildren: Yael, Akiva, Rosa, Alexander and Lev. An online guestbook is available at (edressler.com). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Weber School, 6751 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328, www.weberschool.org. Services will be 11:00am Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at The Weber School with Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits officiating. Burial will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 8, 2013