David Mermelstein
1928 - 2021
BORN
1928
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mount Nebo (Kendall)
5900 SW 77th Ave
Miami, FL
David Mermelstein
December 21, 1928 - July 6, 2021
Miami, Florida - David Mermelstein was born in Kevjazd, Czechoslovakia, on December 21, 1928, to Martin and Helen (Herskowitz) Mermelstein. He died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 92, on July 6, 2021. He is survived by his wife and love of 70 years, Irene (Markovic), daughter Helene (Joe) Davis, son Michael (Lisa) Mermelstein, daughter Debbi Mermelstein, grandchildren Jenna (Mike) Fox, Lindsay Davis, Brian Davis, and his great grandson, Eli Fox.
David was the only member of his family to have survived the Holocaust. He devoted his life to serving the South Florida Jewish Community, assuming leadership roles in many organizations, too numerous to name, some of which included the Holocaust Survivors of Miami-Dade, the Holocaust Survivors Foundation, U.S.A., Jewish Community Services, Jewish Family Services, the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, The Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, as well as the Friends of the March of the Living and Greater Miami Jewish Federation. David was passionate about educating our children about the Holocaust. He regularly spoke to students at many elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as private schools throughout Miami-Dade County. He participated in special/mentor programs at Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami as well.
David was beloved by all who knew him, was an inspiration to all who heard his story, and will be greatly missed by all who love him. Donations in his memory may be made to the Israeli Defense Fund. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mount Nebo Kendall (5900 SW 77th Avenue). Mount Nebo requires masks and social distancing. You may also attend using Zoom: Meeting ID: 968 3734 4322 Passcode: 905510.

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Published by the Miami Herald on Jul. 7, 2021.
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A huge loss, saddened to hear. Love to the family...
Judy (Offenbach) Spatz
July 21, 2021
Eileen and Bruce Lamchick
July 15, 2021
We were all quite impressed with the dedication and devotion that David gave of himself to so many wonderful, Jewish organizations. His phenomenal legacy will be remembered by many. We all know that he will rest peacefully.
The Saks Family
Family
July 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk this difficult path. He was an exceptional life well lived for the blessings of many.
Larry and Mary Jo Meyer
July 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We know how proud you were of your father. Carol and Bruce Fleisher
Carol and Bruce Fleisher
Friend
July 9, 2021
Debbie I was so sorry to here about your dads loss. May his memory be a blessing
Judi broad
July 9, 2021
I always looked forward to Mr. Mermelstein´s visits to our office to see Michael. I had heard so many of his experiences about his yearly trek but just loved to see how happy he was to be visiting his son. We always chatted briefly and he was truly such a very special man. I know that he created a beautiful, loving family with his lovely wife. May his memories give all of you the strength to continue his legacy. Claire and Family
Georgatos Family
Family
July 9, 2021
Will miss him. We owe a lot to this heroic generation who survived and thrived.
Henry Drevich
July 8, 2021
It was my distinct pleasure knowing David and his beautiful Irene. We met through JFS, later JCS, where he and Joe Sachs worked tirelessly to encourage the Claims Conference to provide more for his beloved survivors. He spent hours recounting his Holocaust experiences to me and the case workers. I was honored to be in his company and appreciated his smile, good humor, and knowing about his history. I will remember him always. May his memory be for a blessing.
Susan Nierenberg
Friend
July 8, 2021
David had a sendoff befitting the king that he was. A man that turned such devastation into a lifetime of good deeds and loving kindness. David served as a shining example of how to live and how to love, to so many people, especially to me. I will miss our long talks, our lunches and are many laughs together. A true menche who I will always refer to as, " my boyfriend ".
Eileen and Bruce Lamchick
Friend
July 8, 2021
David shared his story with our students at MDC for many years and was a blessing to all who had the opportunity to learn from him. He also came to my daughter´s elementary school, and later, her middle school at her request. I am eternally grateful for the time I spent with David. I was always amazed to see how much goodness and joy he spread in a world that had taken so much from him. May his memory continue to be a blessing.
Wendy Goodwin
Work
July 8, 2021
May Mr. Mermelstein Rest In Peace with dignity. May God bless Mr. Mermelstein,Mrs.Mermelstein, Michael,Sis, Lisa,& the family
Leslie Nemoytin
July 8, 2021
I walked with David for many years around the Lake in front of Baptist Hospital. It was always a pleasure to meet up with him and his group of friends to walk, talk and enjoy each others' company. I know that his memory will be a comfort to all that knew and loved him.
Robin Coller
Friend
July 8, 2021
Yonah Ovadiah Hardy
July 7, 2021
I remember listening to Mr. Mermelstein when he shared his experiences in the Holocaust through the Holocaust Document Center. May His Memory Be For A Blessing and May He Rest In Peace! BDE
Rhonda Glogower, a MDCPS teacher
School
July 7, 2021
I was privileged to know and love David. I remember him as such a kind and gentle soul. May his memory always be a blessing to those he touched and loved. Ellen Blake
Ellen Blake
Friend
July 7, 2021
A great mensch, will be missed. He did wonderful things for Masada and our Survivors.
Mark Gordon, MD
Other
July 7, 2021
We are so saddened to hear of your father´s passing. He was so good to my family and I. He would meet my mom and I every year at lakeside to say Kaddish for my dad on the anniversary of his death. May his memory forever be a blessing. Sending hugs and love. The Sotloff´s Shirley, Art and Lauren
Shirley & Art Sotloff
Family
July 7, 2021
Dexter and I were blessed to call David Mermelstein an amigo. I worked for years with David and other Holocaust survivors to get justice from international insurance companies that long denied them their day in court. In David´s name, the struggle continues.
Dexter and Ileana Lehtinen
Friend
July 7, 2021
David was an extraordinary human being. I was blessed to have him spend the day with my students. He was so giving of his time and my students loved him. With deepest sympathy to his family.
Lisa Oberlander
Other
July 7, 2021
Faride Jamid
Other
July 7, 2021
Faride Jamid
Other
July 7, 2021
Having David come talk to my students was life changing. What an amazing man- a blessing to all that knew him! My students said that performing for him was an honor. His stories will live on... prayers for his family!
Faride Jamid
Other
July 7, 2021
Ellen Blake
July 7, 2021
I remember you telling my elementary class your story and what you´ve been through. You had such a sweet heart and soul. I´m glad you are finally Resting in Heaven (:
Thani
School
July 7, 2021
David was a huge presence in the many lives he touched. A gentle man who led a remarkable life and shared it generously. May his memory always be in our hearts for a blessing.
Lois Shapiro
July 7, 2021
Remembering a wonderful person, a good man, and a great father. Sending love and good wishes. May his memory be a blessing.
Beth Kirshenberg
Friend
July 7, 2021
Our thoughts are with you all. He was a gentle man. Loved reconnecting through Sol and Millie Green.
Phyllis Jacobowitz Greene
July 7, 2021
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