Sidonia "Sidi" Natansohn
Sidonia "Sidi" Natansohn (nee Schwimmer), formerly of Sharon, MA. died peacefully on March 29, 2018 in Bethesda, MD, surrounded by her loving family and care givers. She leaves behind her beloved husband and soulmate of nearly 67 years, Samuel Natansohn.
Born in Czechoslovakia on March 12, 1929, Sidi arrived in the United States in 1949 after surviving Auschwitz and the Holocaust and quickly became the embodiment of the American success story. Proud, smart, and self-confident, she found her guy, the love of her life, Sam (her Milek), with whom she raised a family. She established a successful career in Real Estate and played an active role in the Jewish communities of Farmingdale, NY and Sharon, MA, where she was a trailblazer in support of women's participation in the Conservative Jewish movement. With Sam at her side, Sidi gave talks to school children about her experiences during the war, inspiring a young generation to "never forget." Sidi was beautiful in every way and at every age; a loyal friend; funny, insightful, a great cook, creative, a playful poet, a snappy dresser, an excellent shopper. She loved to travel, play bridge, do crossword puzzles and sudoku, and play bingo. The strong matriarch to her adoring family, Sidi's home was a place where Jewish traditions and values coexisted with the pressures of secular suburban America. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who took immense pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. They were, after all, simply a reflection of the strong example - and expectations - she set. We loved her dearly and will miss her deeply.
In addition to her husband, Sidi is survived by her daughters Rena Epstein (Gordon) and Sharon DeVries (David Bloom); son Saul Natansohn (Linda); and grandchildren Ben DeVries, Juliana DeVries (Dieter Brommer), Daniel Epstein (Stephanie Paone), Ari Natansohn, and Sophie Natansohn. She is predeceased by her parents Henry, Deborah, and Anna Schwimmer, and her daughter Deborah Natansohn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor can be made to Facing History and Ourselves, the Jewish Social Service Agency Hospice Program, the Anti-Defamation League, the Solomon Schechter School, or the charity of your choice.
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