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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.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jul. 9, 2012.
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July 17, 2012
Dear Shira, Naomi and Mindy and families,

I was saddened to have just heard of your mom's passing. I hope that the memories of all the wonderful years she had with you and your father quickly extinguish the pain of her passing.

Sincerely, Matt Cohen, Fairfax, Vt.
July 17, 2012
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. Mimi was such a good friend to my mother, and it was always a pleasure seeing her when I visited. Mimi was a kind, caring person. My thoughts are with the family.
Jinny Marting
July 16, 2012
Dear Mindy and Family,
My condolences on the passing of your Mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and Peace
Norman "Pat" Boyden
July 13, 2012
Dear Mindy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I offer you my deepest simpathy.

~Gina Russell~
Houston, Texas
July 9, 2012
My condolences to Mimi's family. I always enjoyed speaking with your mom; she was a gracious presence at OZ.
Beth Barovick
July 9, 2012
Dear Mindy, Naomi ans Shira. You have my deepest symoathy on the death of Mimi. She was truly a WOMEN OF VALOR.
One of my fondest memeories of her was standing wth her,Louise Weiner, and Sharon Rosenthal while she introdusded all of us to someone by our maiden names.
Rose Hirsch
July 9, 2012
What an extraordianry life Mrs. Wall led. I had the priviledge to have my children attend Ohavi Zedek Hebrew School where eventually they had their Bar and Bat Mitzvah together. They are now 46 and 47, and I recall the patience and kindness Mrs.Wall showed to them, while coaxing them to study hard.

I also remember when Cantor Wall shared in the services and the Rabbi saying we were having Wall to Wall services!

Susie Greenstein, formerly of Essex Jct.
July 9, 2012
My memories of Rabbi and Mrs. Wall go back 66 years to when I was five years old and my my maternal Bubbie. Ethel Perelman, baked a cake to welcome them to Burlington. The Walls always made the oldest to the youngest feel part of their family. Though I haven't lived in Burlington for 49 years the influence of Ohavi Zedek under Rabbi Wall's guidance has been imprinted on me forever. My sincere and deep sympathy to Mindy, Naomi and Shira on this very deep loss. I wish you much comfort knowing how many also knew and loved your whole family. I'm sorry that time and distance has made it impossible for me to attend to what will surely be an emotional but memorable service this afternoon. I wish the three of you many decades ahead of wonderful memories and contentment in your own lives filled with good health, good news and peace.
Betty Bergman Levin
Betty Levin
July 9, 2012
what a wonderful long life.we're not able to be with you as we have moved to princeton n.j.but our thoughts are with you.your mother was so lovely to us always and we shall treasure her memory. vonetta and floyd lapidow
July 9, 2012
So sorry to hear about your loss. I visited with your Mom when I was in Burlington visiting Bea. She was lovely and gracious...what a beautiful life and memory.
With deepest sympathy,
Dayle (Levin) Feingold
July 9, 2012
Mrs Wall was a great role model for generations of Vermonters. She will always be in our hearts.
Sally Marci and Ilans Hand
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