MIRIAM "MIMI" WALL - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Miriam (Mimi) Wall, 92, died on July 7, 2012, at her apartment in Allenwood. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Feb. 24, 1920. She grew up in Bensonhurst, graduated from New Utrecht High School at age 16, and from Hunter College at age 20. She taught for one year, and then, while working at a summer camp, met the love of her life, Max (Meir) Wall. They married in 1942. She embarked on her new life as a loving and beloved wife, mother and Rebbetzin (Rabbi's wife). When Max returned from Europe after W.W.II, they moved to Burlington, where Max served as the Rabbi of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue until 1987. Together they raised their three daughters. Mimi was very involved in the activities of the synagogue, serving as President of the Sisterhood and an active member of Hadassah. She was honored by the Sisterhood as one of several women who were Women of Valor. Hadassah planted a grove of 100 trees in honor of she and Max. For many years, Mimi ran the synagogue library and the Sisterhood gift shop. When the children were grown, she was able to use her degree in education by becoming the principal of the Hebrew School. Mimi was also active in the greater Burlington community, serving as a Gray Lady at the hospital and later as a member of the auxiliary. She served on the boards of the United Way and Champlain College. She was awarded a Distinguished Citizen award from Champlain College, and was also a friend of the Stern Center. In her years as a Rebbetzin, Mimi entertained frequently and was known for the warm, welcoming atmosphere in the house, as well as her delicious food. Other people always came first. When Mimi asked how you were, she really wanted to know and people felt the love emanating from her. She also had a rich sense of humor and loved to laugh. Mimi was an avid reader and also very interested in finance and business. She often said that if she had been born in another time, she might have been an accountant or lawyer. She followed the news and always wanted to discuss issues of the day. Mimi's marriage was a model for all. She and Max had a bond that was truly special. When he died in 2009, it was a great loss. Although she missed him greatly, she continued to be part of the world. When she moved to Allenwood, she made many friends and was known for her kindness and generosity of spirit, as well as her humor. Mimi always said that her greatest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren. She took great pride in her family and all felt enveloped by her love, and stuffed by the food she was always offering. Mimi is survived by her children, Mindy Evnin, Naomi Novak and her husband, Greg, and Shira Antonoff and her husband, Rick; grandchildren, Rebecca Novak, Jeff Novak and his wife, Alison, Jacqueline Novak, Rachel Antonoff, and Jack Antonoff; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Mira and Theo Novak; her brother, Pincus Peyser and Edna; and Max's siblings, Cantor Isaac Wall, and Florence Gallop, all whom she considered siblings. She is also survived by a loving extended family, dear friends, and scores of people who have come to consider her family. She was predeceased by her grandchildren, Sarah Antonoff, and Mark Evnin; her beloved Max; her sister, Priscilla Siev and Asher; and Max's siblings, Esther Kieval and Chaim, Sheva Wall, and Paul Gallop. The family wants to convey our heartfelt gratitude to the loving caregivers who have taken care of Mimi in the last years; Nomi, Deborah, Edith and Rose, as well as our loving caregivers from Home Instead, Jayne, Lisa and Mary Ann. We would also like to thank Dr. Karen Sokol for her devoted care, as well as the wonderful staff of Allenwood. Thank you also to our VNA hospice nurse, Claire. Together they made it possible for Mimi to remain at home, in an atmosphere of calm and love. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Monday, July 9, 2012, at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St., Burlington. Shiva (visiting hours) will be observed on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Mimi's apartment at Allenwood, 90 Allen Road, Apt. 318, South Burlington. The evening minyan (service) will be held from 7 to 7:20. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jul. 9, 2012.