Donna Rubens

Donna Rubens

Friday, December 27th, 2019
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Donna Rubens (Hendleman) - BROOKLYN New York) artist, teacher, wife, mother and grandparent was 88 years old, died peacefully at her home on December 27, 2019band surrounded by her family.

Born March 30th 1931 in Chicago, Illinois , to Mandel and Anne Hendleman, Donna was a lifelong student, painter and poet. A graduate of University of Michigan in 1953, where she studied English and Education, Donna moved to New York City in 1954, where she met her husband of nearly 50 years, Paul Rubens, who passed away in 2003.

A teacher for NYC/Department of Education for 30 years, Donna went on to accumulate two additional graduate degrees, paint, draw and write poetry and stories about love, loss and life. Her favorite activities included walking and biking, exploring the museums and New York City, spending time with family, and attending classes at QUEST, a City College program for retirees located in lower Manhattan.

Donna is survived by her three children, Mira Rubens and Rachel Leinweber of BROOKLYN, NY, her son Jesse Rubens of Plandome Manor, Long Island, and eight grandchildren Hannah, Maya, Alexandra, Daniel, Elliot, Emily, Jenna and Perry.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, December 29th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Sunday, December 29th, 2019 9:00am
    Sherman's Flatbush Memorial Chapel Inc.
    1283 Coney Island Avenue
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    Rabbi Charles Rudansky
  • Interment

    Wellwood Cemetery
    Wellwood Avenue
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Colby & Caleb

Posted at 11:17am
Dear Rachel, Thank you for all the strength, character, and love you embody as Donnas daughter. You and your family are not alone on this journey. Xox
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Leonora Kent-Zachai

Posted at 10:06am
With loving memories of "Donna Rubens", an inspiration to all of us .With Sympathy form the Zachai Family
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