Irmgard Dvoretzky
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Irmgard Dvoretzky
  • May 19, 1924 - February 15, 2015
  • Houston, Texas

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Irmgard Stern Sonnemann Dvoretzky, a Holocaust survivor, passed away on February 15, 2015 at age 90. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lina Stern, brothers and sister-in-laws: Moritz and Aviva, Gerhard and Ruth, Egon and first wife Erna and second wife Adel. Irmgard is also preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Sonnemann and second husband Louis Dvoretzky. Her niece Linda Levy and nephew David Stern also predeceased her. For many years she was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.
Irmgard was born on May 19, 1924 in Konigsberg, Germany. After emigrating to the U.S. as a young girl, she lived in New York. Upon meeting her husband, Ralph, she moved to Texas where she gave birth to two daughters, Sheryl and Lorraine. After the death of her husband, she enrolled at Pan American College. She received her B.A. degree at The University of Houston. She taught German, Spanish and English at the following schools over a 25 year span: Ross Sterling, Wheatley and Westbury.
On June 11, 1972 Irmgard married her husband Louis and celebrated 38 years of marriage until his death on February 6, 2010.
Everyone who knew "Irmi" would have instantly approved her admission to the Guinness World Record as an extraordinarily caring, loving and devoted mother, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother and aunt. Everyone who knew her described her as a compassionate, tolerant, forgiving, genuine understanding and generous person. If there ever was a beautiful angel on earth ''' she was one. Despite people's flaws she could only see the good in every one. Just by being who she was, Irmgard was a champion of peace on earth and had good will towards everyone. She especially loved hosting parties and having Passover at her home until she was 84 years old. She wore many hats; artist, educator, poet, actress and baker. She painted beautiful murals for her grandchildren, Jacqueline and Scott. She painted a mural for her daughter Sheryl and son-in-law John.
She played Anne Frank's mother in the production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Camile Playhouse in Brownsville, Texas. Lorraine played her daughter, Anne Frank. She put on the best puppet shows at her children's birthday parties.
She loved taking her German students to October Fest in New Braunfels, Texas ever year. She was a dedicated teacher. She loved traveling with her family.
Irmgard's father William Stern was murdered by the Nazis in Germany during the Holocaust. I'm sure that affected her all her life for she spoke very little about it.
Since 2007 there were indications of the beginning of Dementia and Parkinson. After Louis passed she lived at Sheryl and John's home from October 2009 ''' December 2013. The family wishes to thank all the wonderful caregivers, nurses, entire staff and Hospice at Silverado in Sugar Land who took such good care of her for the past year.
The family wishes to thank her personal caregivers especially Minerva Zavaleta, Josephina Rivera and Carmen Turcios. She is survived by her daughters and husbands: Lorraine (Larry Jacobs), Sheryl (John Clennan), Diane (Steve Portman), Donna Sapolin, Sharon Dvoretzky, grandchildren, Jacqueline Jacobs, Scott Jacobs, Jared Sapolin and Travis Sapolin. She is also survived by the following sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws: Al and Sarah Marks, Isaac and Connie Dvoretzky and Charlotte Dvoretzky. Irmgard is also survived by her numerous , loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4pm at Emanu El Memorial Park Cemetery 8341 Bissonnet.