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Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street
New York, NY


Karoline (nee Mayer), passed away peacefully at the age of 84 from complications of pancreatic cancer on Thursday July 16th at her home in Annapolis, Maryland. Her only son Charles and daughter-in-law Mary Hesdorffer were at her bedside. Lotte was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany on September 18th 1930. She was an only child and fled from the Nazi regime after Kristallnacht only to be caught up in the mayhem of the Second World War in her adopted Holland. After the war she immigrated to South Africa where she lived with her cousins, the Hess family, and studied sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She married in 1954 and worked with her husband in his wholesale jewelry business until they joined their son and his family in New York City in 2002, Lotte subsequently moving with them to Annapolis in 2011. A holocaust survivor who only wanted the best life for her family, she gave it to them in spades. Lotte is survived by her husband of 61 years, Heinz Hesdorffer, who, for health reasons returned to Europe in 2009, and now resides in the Budge Stiftung, Frankfurt, Germany. She is also survived by her only child, Charles and his wife Mary, their two children, Alex and Anna Plitsas, and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Sunday 19th July at 11:15am at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th St., New York, NY 10023 to be followed by interment at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ. In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made in her honor to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 Kings ST, Virginia, 22314 or online at where she was a stalwart volunteer and supporter even in the dark days of her illness.

Published in The New York Times on July 18, 2015
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