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DOROTHY 'DOTTIE' (nee Ziselman), passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Applewood Estates, Freehold, N.J. after a long illness. Born Dvoira Ziselman in 1918 in 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. She was using computers, the internet, and email in her 80s. She celebrated her 90th birthday with microphone in hand, entertaining family and friends. Dottie worked as a bookkeeper in the garment trade. Always stylish, she bore a strong resemblance to a young Bette Davis. She married Charles Jonas in 1941. Moving from Brooklyn, they raised three children in the Green Acres neighborhood of Valley Stream, N.Y. 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. They all graduated from college, son Marc graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and son Jeffrey from Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. Dottie 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 until his death from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Dottie is survived by sons Marc D. Jonas, Esq., Dr. Jeffrey M. Jonas, daughter-in-law, Claudia D. McCarron, Esq., grandchildren, Susan, Serena, Zachary, and Zoe Jonas, and by step-grandchildren, Meghan, Alex, and Meredith McCarron.
The family invites contributions in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to the Alzheimers Foundation of America.
Published on Philly.com on Mar. 25, 2014
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