Rosalyn (Shoshana) Nemoy
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Rosalyn (Shoshana) Nemoy

NEMOY: Rosalyn (Shoshana) Nemoy passed away peacefully on the second of Cheshvan after a long illness. A Holocaust survivor, she was born in a concentration camp in 1941. Her father, Michael Weiner, was an opera singer, and due to his fame, his family was able to survive the war, but he passed just before they were liberated. Shoshana came to this country as a young girl after the war and with her mother, Maureen Weiner, moved to California. At age 20, she married her high school sweetheart, Joel Nemoy, an architect, who designed and built his own house for his family. The house was featured in a national magazine, which was a source of pride for Shoshana long after she had moved on. A year later, a son, and another son two years after that. Bills, affairs, fights, separations, bonus baby, divorce, reconciliation and eventually she was a single mother with a young daughter, her sons already grown. She was good with numbers and supported herself for many years as an accountant. When her oldest son first moved out on his own, he met up with Chabad, and through its influence, both he and his entire family became more religious. Shoshana and her daughter eventually made their way to Crown Heights, where she lived for several years. She then moved to Buffalo, New York for a short time before joining her son, who was living in New Haven, Connecticut. Deprivation from her early years combined with her stress as an adult took a severe toll on her health, but like a cat with nine lives, she rallied back many times. When she no longer had the strength to live alone, she moved once more to Pittsburgh, where her family had since settled. She leaves behind three children, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and innumerable friends whose lives she brightened and inspired. Her funeral took place on a dreary, rainy day, as though G-d himself was joining with his tears. But up in heaven there was dancing & rejoicing.

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