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Obituary: Judith W. Sokol

Judith W. Sokol, wife of Martin H. Sokol, mother to Deborah Sokol Hollander, Joseph Sokol and the late Sharon Sokol Heisler, mother-in-law to Robert Hollander, Suzy Kamali Sokol, Dr. Eliot and Erica Zucker Heisler, grandmother of Samantha, Brandon, Alex, Yasmine, Aaron, Amanda, James, Jason and Chloe, died peacefully in her bed, Oct. 9, 2010, at 71 years of age, after a long and courageous battle against breast cancer.

Within minutes after her husband and children recited the Havdalah prayers at her bedside, marking the end of the Jewish Sabbath, Judy passed away.

Judith graduated from Yeshiva University, Stern College and was a deeply religious woman who never spoke Lashon Hara (gossip) about other people. She was a very positive person with a cheerful disposition always looking at the bright side of life’s events.

Friends were clearly impressed with Judith’s uncanny memory. At a social dinner with four other couples a few years ago, her husband asked Judy to name the names of all the friends children, their children’s spouses, their wedding dates, their grandchildren’s names as well as their birthdays. In almost every case she knew the answers. After a serious operation earlier this year, when Judith left the recovery room, she thanked every nurse who came to her side by their first names. Once she was told a name Judy would remember it.

Judith made friends with her sweet tone of voice when speaking and she always spoke with a smile. She sang with a beautiful and clear high soprano voice for many years with the Great Neck Synagogue and served as President of the Great Neck Synagogue mikvah.

Funeral services took place Oct. 10 in Great Neck’s Nassau Chapels led by Rabbis Dale Polakoff of Great Neck Synagogue and Yaakov Lerner of Young Israel of Great Neck. A standing room crowd attended services. Eulogies were given by husband Martin Sokol, daughter Deborah Sokol Hollander and son Joseph Sokol.