Losing a parent is never easy, and last week just before Thanksgiving, I lost my mom after an extended illness. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be with her earlier this month when I came home from Israel. My children and I sat with her, talked with her, held her hand, told her we loved her, and said goodbye.
Last week as we chanted the mourner’s Kaddish, I felt connected to centuries of tradition, remembering that we as Jews celebrate life, and that even in the depths of sorrow, we find comfort and support as a community.
My father asked that I write the obituary. The best way I can think of now to honor the memory of my mother is to share her story:
Sonia Raquel Selmonosky, born March 19, 1936, to Bernardo and Ana Korob in Rosario, Argentina, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Falls Church, Virginia, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 82 years old.
Sonia immigrated to the U.S. in 1958 and embraced her new life with gusto and passion. She always raised her hand for leadership roles and supported Jewish community through ORT, Hadassah, and her synagogue, Agudas Achim, in Atlanta. Sonia was a powerful advocate for women and minorities in her communities and through the League of Women Voters. She was a patron of the arts and her classical piano training included the tango from her homeland. In addition to collecting contemporary art, Sonia was a leader in opening the doors for the Latin American art collection at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
She also never ceased to amaze her neighbors with her gardening prowess in both Smyrna’s Bennett Woods and Ellijay’s Beaver Lake Estates.
More important than anything, Sonia was a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife. She was preceded in death by her brother, Roberto Korob, and son, Daniel Selmonosky. Sonia is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Dr. Carlos Alberto Selmonosky and by her daughters, Deborah Selmonosky (BG Jones), Arlene Miller, and Monica Selmonosky. She leaves six grandchildren: Olivia, Jacob, Gabriela, Isabella, Max, and Sophia.
My mom was truly a role model and a woman of valor, and her memory will always be a blessing to me.