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Monday November 5, 2012


It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Dorothy Hendeles, on November 3rd, 2012, at 2:45 PM at her home. She was born in Zawierce, Poland, on August 23, possibly in 1919. She was the second daughter and one of six children of the great scholar, Joel Zweigel, of the Yeshivat Hochmei Lublin, and descended from the eminent 16th century scholar, Joel Sirkis. She leaves behind her younger sister, Balla Schupack, of Frankfurt, Germany with whom she was interred in Auschwitz, and her sister's children, Joel Shupac of Toronto and Mark Shupac of Manchester, England. She will be dearly missed by myself, her daughter Ydessa, and partner David Alan Goldberg, she was the loving and devoted wife of Jacob Hendeles who passed away on April 16, 1987, by her beloved grandson, Jason Hendeles, and his fiance, Anastassiya, and by her five-month old great- grandson, Jacob Hendeles, and by Jason's beloved brother, Robin Neinstein, who was also deeply devoted to her. She will be buried 15 years to the day after her older brother, Avraham, in Israel and 24 years after her brother Karl Zweigel, who died on January 26, 1988. She was cared for with profound dedication by her family physician, Dr. Linda Yolles, and over the past few years, by Dr. Rajin Mehta, of the geriatric clinic at Sunnybrook Hospital. She loved and was loved by her caring team, Ines Vitorino, Quemalyn S. Cabuod, Myrna Paguyo, Sharon Bowes, Lorna Asis, Amy Madianda, Abigail Bribom, Julie Ann Billena, Julie Ann Villena, Secimar Limpin, and Emina Jean. Though she lost the ability to speak as a result of a stroke four years ago, she managed to communicate amazingly well, and with intelligence, wisdom and charm right to the end. She braved through Parkinson's Disease, and ovarian cancer but never lost her spirit and her love of life. She understood how precious life is and lived life fully. She was spirited and will remain my inspiration and my model for the best a human being can be. The funeral will take place at the Jacob Hendeles Chapel at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment at Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the Dorothy Hendeles Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2 C3, 416-780-0324

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