Saul Mendelssohn
1935 - 2017
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Saul Mendelssohn died on July 5, 2017, surrounded by his devoted family.

Born in Nanticoke on April 30, 1935, he lived in the Hanover section until the age of 7. He moved to Glen Lyon and attended Newport Township High School where he graduated in 1953.

Saul graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster in 1957 with a BS in biology and received his MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1961. Saul continued at Jefferson for his internship until 1962, after which Dr. Mendelssohn returned to the area and worked at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as a hospitalist. One of his favorite and most valuable experiences was when he worked as a general practitioner with Dr. Raymond Decker of Wilkes-Barre until 1964.

Dr. Mendelssohn began his specialization by attending the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia for his internal medicine training from 1964-1966 and continued at Hahnemann Medical College for a fellowship in nephrology until 1968. Afterward, he became a clinical instructor at Hahnemann and was chief of nephrology at Philadelphia General Hospital, Hahnemann Division.

Following his time at Hahnemann, he entered the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Major. He served at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, Texas, and Valley Forge Hospital until 1970.

Dr. Mendelssohn returned to his roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania and started his nephrology/internal medicine practice. He was the first nephrologist in the area and worked tirelessly to set up the first dialysis unit at the General Hospital. As his practice grew, he established Renal Consultants of Wyoming Valley. As founder and president, he opened the Myer Mendelssohn Memorial Dialysis Clinic in 1976. While in practice, he was also involved in and enjoyed teaching both residents, nurses and his peers.

Dr. Mendelssohn was a member of the AMA and PMS. His name appears on research papers which are published in the AJM and the Annals of Internal Medicine and ASAIO. Saul also published chapters in the Hahnemann Symposium on fluids and electrolyte balance.

In April 2000, Saul reluctantly retired from his own practice and then worked for Intermountain Medical Group for two years. In 2006, he was asked to be the chief of nephrology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, where he practiced until his ultimate retirement in 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hannah (Weissberger) Mendelssohn and Myer Aaron Mendelssohn.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Leona (Baiera) Mendelssohn; his daughters, Carly Mendelssohn/Matthew Eaton, of New Hope, Bonnie Kenewell/Jeffrey, of Mountain Top and Emily DeShazor /Christian, of Charleston, S.C.; and grandchildren, Paige, Liam and Talia Kenewell, Asher and Elliott Mendelssohn and Rhys DeShazor; he is also survived by his sister, Getelle Prouser, of Harrisburg; and many nieces and cousins.

Dr. Mendelssohn was known for and enjoyed many areas of interest. He was an accomplished pianist and performed at charity events, Rotary and community clubs, Back Mountain Library Auction and the General Hospital throughout Wyoming Valley as "Mendelace."

He also loved chess, politics, history and Penn State football. He had a vast knowledge of all things "wine" and loved to share his collection with friends over good food and conversation. But some of the most memorable moments were spent in conversation about current events with his beloved friend, John Carey. Our families will never forget the stories, laughter and Cape May trips we have shared. Those were the best of Saul's times.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our dear friends for all their support and especially to John Carey for the care and love he extended to his friend Saul.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Franklin and Marshall College, the NE Philharmonic Orchestra and Mercy Center, Dallas.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Roger Lerner officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Forge section of the Scranton Jewish Cemetery, Dalton. Shiva will be observed from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at the family home, 457 Lake Louise Road, Dallas.

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Published in Times Leader from Jul. 6 to Jul. 7, 2017.
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July 12, 2017
May you share peace, love and wonderful memories of this wonderful man. He was a truly gifted physician who shared his extensive love of medicine. His patients adored him! As a former nurse at WBGH Respiratory ICU, he was a delight to see walking through our doors on rounds. May you rest in peace and give comfort to everyone who loved you.
Linda Niezgoda
July 11, 2017
Dr. Mendelssohn did so much to help others, he will be missed.
Hebrews 6:10
July 10, 2017
Saul was a resident when I was in Hahnamann for tests. WOnderful Doctor. He will be missed!!
Lorna Manahan (Deptford, New Jersey).
July 8, 2017
There is no way to begin to say how much I love and will miss this man who i have revered as my biggest hero and have called and claimed as my dad, since I was 14 years old. I thank the Mendelssohn family so much for sharing him with me and the world.

Mr. Mendelssohn claimed me as one of his daughters , which made me feel so special, especially since my own biological father had not. I loved that he looked like Albert Einstein to me because it matched his intelligence. I remember him coming to my and Bonnie's basketball games and cheering for us, playing the piano at the house, teaching us about wine and showing off his wine cellar, taking every moment to drop knowledge about any and everything, and falling to sleep on the couch after a hard day at work. My most valuable memory was him taking me to my college visit at Franklin and Marshall. (He said he was determined for one of his daughter's to go to his alma mater.) We had the best time that day! We saw the school, talked about life and my plans for the future. He encouraged me to dream big, shared so much wisdom with me, and asked me if I was sure I wanted to become a doctor. He had sold me on Franklin and Marshall by the end of the visit. I was so close to going but at the very last minute my alma mater gave me a full ride. I remember how worried and sad I was about having to tell him that i was going to another school.
I still remember him and the rest of the family being at my SEM graduation, filling my heart with overwhelming joy that they were standing by my side at such a pivotal moment in my life. But, his love and him checking for me didn't stop there. He always wanted an update on where I was and what I was doing with my life long after I was within his reach.
He was an amazing dad and showed me how to be a person of character and values.
He taught me how to be a great parent, provider and protector, by modeling it for me. I hope to be half the doctor he was and hope that i made him proud.
Dad, I will miss you greatly. I love you; i thank you for all the wonder memories that i will share with my generations. You will forever be my hero!
Melissa Barber
July 8, 2017
Lee, Carly, Bonnie, Emily. Sons-in- law & Grandchildren.

Words can not express how sorry I am for the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law & grandfather.
In June of 1972, Saul hired me , sight unseen, by phone , for the position of office RN. I had heard he was a great PHYSICIAN, dedicated to caring for patients with renal diseases & internal medicine diseases. He would treat them whether they could or could not pay for their visits. Patient care came first.
As the years went by, we worked together for 30 years, I realized he was not only a great physician , but the best EMPLOYER a nurse could ever have. He really cared about his staff.
As a TEACHER, he never made you feel stupid and would go to great lengths to explain any questions I might have had that day.
As a MAN, he was respected by anyone he came in contact with, rich or poor.
He was someone I was proud to call my FRIEND. For me, April 30 won't be the same.
Saul , may you Rest In Peace . When you pass by the rainbow bridge , there will be a glorious reunion with your Goldens.
Lee, may God comfort you and your family at this very difficult time,
Love to all, Ginger
Ginger Kemmerer
July 8, 2017
Dear Mendelssohn family,
I was referred to "Saul" when I was 19...I was so scared at my initial visit, but was soon put at ease by this wonderful doctor. When I was in the hospital for my kidney biopsy, he came and sat with me after visiting hours and assured me all would be ok. During my 2 pregnancies, he monitored my progress and made sure my health came first. I am a mom of 2 grown boys. I kept Saul as my family doctor for years and always looked forward to seeing him and experiencing his kind and genuine caring for a patient. (I will be 65 this year..and his care got me here).Reading his obituary, I could imagine him doing all those wonderful things...he was a go getter. I will always remember him as a kind,humble soul. Rest in peace,Saul.
Linda (Balakier) Helfrick
July 8, 2017
About 55 years ago, my grandmother became one of Dr Mendelssohn's patients when he began his association with Dr Decker. She was an old Irish lady who told us to be on our best behavior when her "lovely Jewish doctor" made house calls. I was a child then but still remember how much Dr Mendelssohn's care meant to her. I especially remember him coming to the house in the middle of the night to treat her when she had a stroke. So happy to read of his achievements over the decades.
Edward Moran
July 7, 2017
As I recall Saul's lifetime and reflect upon the 60 year time frame over which I knew him, I feel that I was blessed to have known him as the truly kind and caring man that he was. He was respected by his peers and loved by his patients. Saul represented the ideals of a fine profession and the magnificent obsession that drove us into a world of medicine that has changed over the course of our lifetimes. He cared for his patients and represented a role in medicine that commanded respect. He shared his love with his wife and children. It has been a privilege to have know him as a friend. He will be missed but never forgotten by those of us who who have the opportunity to offer our sympathy to his family. Rest In Peace, Saul.

Alfred and Deborah D'Anca
Boston, MA
Alfred D'Anca
July 7, 2017
I remember Saul as a kind and caring man. I was so sad to hear of his passing but so happy to read about his beautiful and full life.
Deborah Baltier Fret
July 7, 2017
So very sorry. May your wonderful memories of him sustain you during this difficult time. I will see you at the shiva.
Elva Valentine
July 7, 2017
I'm so sorry to read of Saul's passing. He was a very nice and caring man. May he rest in peace.
Michelle LaMontagne
July 7, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I remember Dr. Mendelssohn when he work with my father in his office many years ago. Please accept our sincere condolences from the Decker family.

Catherine F. Decker, MD
Washington, D.C.
Catherine Decker
July 7, 2017
Dear Mendelsshon family,
So very sorry for the loss of your beloved Saul. I worked for many years at General Hospital and knew him to be brilliant in his field and a one of a kind personality. May he rest well and may God grant all of you comfort.
Sharon Powell
July 7, 2017
He was my first nephrologist and treated me in my late teens. He was a very good Dr.
Jason Rinehimer
July 7, 2017
So sad to read of the passing of my cousin, Saul Mendelssohn.....Altho he did not normally accept family as patients, he made the exception for me and was the best Dr I have ever had. I also have memories of Saul playing the piano in my living room as a child. Saul and my father, Harvey Miller were always close from the time they were children. My heart goes out to his wife and children. Sherri Miller Robin
Sherri Miller Robin
July 7, 2017
Leona and family, so very sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind. Accomplished so much in his life!
He will be missed.
The Valley owes him so much.
Lori Yablonski Campbell
July 7, 2017
I am honored to have known and worked side by side with Saul. He was a wonderful Physician. As a Dialysis Nurse and working in the industry since 1985 I witnessed how tirelessly he worked for his patients. An genuine caring person that loved his patients and those who worked for and with him. Always so proud of his family which was his pride and joy. May he rest in peace. His legacy will continue on in all of us that he taught and mentored. He loved to teach us and show us the way! Thank you Saul for the knowledge you gave to us! Love and prayers to his family. Sandy, Gene, David and Emily Cherkauskas. P.S. Gene picked our daughter's name from Saul and Lee's daughter Emily's name Gene loved it . I still remember how proud Saul was when I told him how my husband picked her name! Thanks for the Memories! You will truly be missed!
Sandra Cherkauskas
July 7, 2017
Blessings and prayers of love and peace to the entire family!
Sandy Husband
July 6, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Many happy memories will keep you strong when you miss him. He is at peace
sr. Jude Njeri
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