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  • "What a loving obituary for my sister Nessa, obviously..."
    - jeffrey & Sonia Ernstoff
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MOLL--Nessa Ernstoff.

Nessa, known to many for her kindness, intellectual curiosity, and love of the arts, died peacefully in San Diego, CA on August 7, 2018. The cause was complications from kidney disease. She was 83. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Samuel and Theresa Ernstoff. Nessa attended Smith College and Hofstra University School of Law, where she served as an Editor on the Law Review and earned the "Outstanding Law Graduate" distinction. Married to Bertram Daniel Moll for 55 years, they settled on Long Island, first in Rockville Centre and then Port Washington. They later moved to Greenwich Village; Avon, CT; and San Diego. Nessa practiced law at Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts, had a federal court clerkship with the Honorable Jacob Mishler of the Eastern District of New York, and served as special counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Nessa enjoyed theatre and poetry and was passionate about opera. She had a keen interest in politics and helped form a local chapter of Indivisible. An accomplished quilter, Nessa loved all types of crafts and was a longtime docent at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. Her devotion to Bert, and her care and love for him in his declining years with Alzheimer's, were an inspiration and will never be forgotten. Nessa is survived by her brother Jeffrey and his wife Sonia; son Steve and his wife, Rhonda; daughter Laura and her husband, Dave; and daughter Julie and her husband Nick, as well as by grandchildren Karly and Nina, Evan and Jeremy, and Nate, Owen and Ben. Nessa was predeceased by her parents, her sister Susan and by Bert. Contributions in Nessa's memory can be made to the Mingei International Museum, Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 or the San Diego Opera Association, 233 A Street, #500, San Diego, CA 92101.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 12, 2018
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