Muriel Nadel

Muriel Nadel

Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Muriel E. Nadel was born in New York, N.Y. on September 6,1933, and passed away on April 13, 2020 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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    Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Friday, April 17th, 2020 1:00pm
    Beth David Cemetery
    Elmont Road
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    Rabbi Shae Kane


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Shawn Nadel

Posted at 10:45am
It's taken me almost a full month to attempt to express myself on the passing of my beloved mother. With all the legal responsibilities that are involved with the death of a loved one, the most difficult obstacle I've had to deal with is trying to organize, and compose my thoughts and feelings.
My mother Muriel was one of the strongest people I've ever known. Having to deal with much adversity throughout her life, including the loss of her mother, father, brother, and husband in a relatively short time, she could have understandably let all this tragedy overcome her, and faded into a shell of her former self. Instead, with the help of friends and family, she channeled the difficult emotions through an inner strength, into a determination to go on and make the best effort to live life to the fullest. After the untimely death of my father Clifford, she and my sister Lisa traveled all over the world together, including some destinations, like China, that at the time were not at all popular, nor always pleasant or leisurely. They visited many other cities in Asia, as well as popular destinations in the United States. These experiences helped both of them to deal with the tremendous sense of loss, and re-kindle a love of travel that they continued for many years to come. My sister and her husband Bob helped instill a love of travel in both of their sons, which continues to this day many years later. My mother also continued her love of travel for years with good friends, and family as well. She and I made a couple of memorable trips together, including New Orleans, and Kansas City, Missouri. Both of these trips were primarily to eat as much good food as we could. New Orleans is a place where anywhere you go, you are pretty much guaranteed to have an incredible meal. Kansas City is one of the top BBQ locations in the U.S. as well as possibly the entire world, and we made the most of that trip !
As the years went on, my mother was blessed with three grandchildren.Bob and Lisa's children Corey, and Kevin, ans well as Brian and Sue's son Cliff. They became the absolute loves of her life, as befitting every proud, doting Grandmother. To my mother, babysitting was never a chore. It was an absolute pleasure of her life, and these times they spent together were some of my mother's fondest memories.
Years later, my mother was again confronted with adversity when she was diagnosed with cancer. Once again, she was determined to overcome this, and after undergoing chemotherapy, with much help from family and many good friends, she overcame this battle with tremendous determination, and sheer inner strength. She then went on to experience so many happy times celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of her three grandsons, often traveling some distance to be a part of these celebratory occasions. These were some of the happiest times in the later part of her life.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, my mother always had a knack for remembering birthdays of extended family members, and would faithfully send a card, with maybe a small gift included. I never knew how she remembered all this.
Anyhow, in closing I just want to say that my mother could at times be described as exasperating, opinionated, loud, tough, and difficult. As her son, I can say this. Overall, we had a great relationship,especially over the twilight of her long life. I miss her everyday, and will always remember her as a truly unique individual who had a huge influence on my life.
I never said it enough when you were alive Mom, but know that I will always love you.


Posted at 12:22pm
There are many happy memories I have of my mother. I remember having tea-parties with her as a young girl.. We had Welch's grape jelly on Uneeda biscuits with milky tea at the dining room table. Around the same time we had matching mother and daughter blue dresses.

She inspired my love of cooking and cookbooks. I remember baking cheesecake for a party she had and forgetting I had loosened the spring-form pan it was in. When I tried to carry it out of the kitchen it fell to the floor. She invited our neighbor in to eat its uppermost part off the floor!

Gigi and My Fair Lady are two of my favorite movies to this day, thanks to her taking me out to see them when I was young.

Many years later, after my father died, we traveled together. She came along with me on many business trips including one to New Orleans. We got to attend their annual Heritage Festival, which featured many tents of simultaneous music. In the gospel tent, she stood up, along with many others in the audience. It was later on we heard things more clearly-"stand up if you love Jesus"!

It was hard to shop for her and know what gifts to get her. Two of the very best gifts were my sons. She loved being a grandmother to all 3 of her grandsons. She'd always ask what they were up to on all my latest phone calls. She loved hearing about Corey's adventures in LA this year and was beyond excited to hear about Kevin's gorilla post-mortem.

In recent years my brother, Shawn was the one who helped her most of all. She told me he was her "hero." In addition to his knack for installing miniscule hearing-aid batteries, he was a frequent companion for her early weekend morning Dimsum breakfasts or Gargiulo's lunches.

My sister-in-law, Sue schlepped from NJ to Brooklyn on many weekends to take my mother to the casino at Aqueduct. She did love the slot-machines. As Corey pointed out, she did prefer Las Vegas, but she made the best of this or Atlantic City with Mickey and Heshy . Any slot machine " in a storm."

Recently, my brother, Brian spent a week at a time sleeping over. It was fun for them both. My mother loved the company and Brien knew he was doing a good deed.

My mother was a character. A loud, opinionated, larger-than-life woman. I didn't always appreciate some of those qualities. I did know that she loved me and was always on my side. I hope there is a heaven and that she is reunited with my father, who she's missed everyday since he died, her parents, her brother and Brian. I took it for granted before-that she was around. I feel her loss now. I'm 65-I miss my mother...


Michelle Katz

Posted at 09:00am
If you are reading this then you know that Muriel was everything written above plus!!
Lovely, lively, fun loving, witty, zany, cute, funny, caring, loving, adventurous, devoted, energetic and very sweet!!

My husband and I made aliya to Israel 27 years ago and only got to visit “the old country “ as a family on rare occasions.
I recall we made a trip to NY with all 6 of our children and we called Aunt Muriel. What fun!! We met up for a lively NYC deli extravaganza and as you can imagine—everyone enjoyed everyone as much as we did the pastrami!😄

Years later after my
dad’s (Jack, z”l) unveiling ceremony, Lisa and Bob graciously and generously hosted everyone in their home. It was heart warming to see Aunt Muriel, my mom and aunt Margie all cozy and together ( I hope I can find those pics)

So nice to read Corey and Kevin’s memories! Muriel was the kind of grandmother we will all strive to be!!
She set the bar pretty high!
(Oy vey!)
And who doesn’t hope to be such a beloved mother in law???
Bob, you know your feelings were totally reciprocated. You are truly loved and appreciated by us all!!

My husband Yehudah has been praying for Muriel daily for years. ( motta Etel bas Feiga - yes?) . Despite her long battle with illness she made it to a good ripe age! Got to participate in many “simchas” — She did great!
Able to rise above the pain and shine her love💕all around.
All that good energy doesn’t just disappear!!!
She’s just beginning the next part of the journey....reunited with the love of her life, uncle Clifford, of blessed memory. 💕

I like this quote from Elizabeth Kubler Ross

“Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly shedding its cocoon
It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and be able to grow.”

Sending everyone love and blessings for happiness, health and hope!!!


Bob O'Brien

Posted at 01:55pm
Muriel Nadel was my mother-in-law and I have known her for over thirty years. Her passing profoundly saddens me. I will miss her.

One of my most enduring memories of Muriel is when my older son Corey was born. Lisa and I didn’t have a clue as to what to do. Everything seemed so daunting. When we asked Muriel for help she dropped everything and came to our aid. Although she expected to stay at our Garden City home for just a week or two we convinced her to stay longer, a lot longer. Not only did Muriel take care of Corey in the evenings she helped Lisa and me become confident, skilled parents. And, Muriel did all of this after putting in a full day, every day, working as a NYC school teacher in northern Queens. I cannot begin to think what we would have gone through if Muriel wasn’t in our lives back then.

When Kevin was born two years later Muriel returned to help care for her second grandson. Even though we were more experienced as parents we again called on Muriel for support. She helped enormously. Lisa and I thoroughly enjoyed Muriel’s company throughout both extended stays. She was fun to be with and happened to be an excellent cook. We ate well. More importantly, Muriel created powerful, unbreakable bonds with Corey and Kevin that will endure forever.

I never failed to notice how our sons had this especially close relationship with their grandmother. Muriel was there, in person or in spirit, for every event and graduation – elementary school, middle school, high school, college and medical/veterinary schools. When Corey had his White Coat Ceremony at Georgetown Medical, Muriel and I drove down to Washington. We had an absolute blast driving together and making probably a dozen food and snack stops along the way. Thanks to Muriel I found out that Zeppole and ice cream are actually a tasty combo (well, maybe not to her). As time went on and Muriel became weaker and unable to travel to either Kevin’s White Coat Ceremony or graduation at UPenn Veterinary we made sure that we had plenty of pictures and stories to share with her.

Most husbands speak with exasperation about their mothers-in law, but not me. I loved Muriel for her intelligence, kindness, friendship, sarcastic wit, crazy Yiddish-isms and her fierce determination to see her family prosper. Muriel was the very best mother-in-law imaginable and I feel blessed to have known her. We will all miss her. Corey and Kevin especially will keep their grandmother forever in their hearts. They will be far better men in life because of Muriel’s unqualified love and devotion to them.

Kevin O'Brien

Posted at 09:32am
Dear Grandma,

Your loss has hit me incredibly hard. It’s difficult for me to admit that I can no longer call your number I’ve had memorized for decades and hear your voice. I wish I could go back to the summer I spent in your apartment during my junior year of college. I miss watching Keeping Up Appearances with you and doing impressions of Hyacinth Bucket and yelling ‘Richard!’ or ‘Bucket residents’. I miss you flipping through the channels yelling swear words at the TV whenever certain cooking personalities were on yelling Bam. I miss your home cooking – to this day, you made the best burger I’ve ever had and I wish there was a Pomegranate store by me now. I miss going to the Racino with you and completely losing track of time. I miss being able to surprise you and say I’m on the train to your place for the weekend. I miss being able to talk to you on the phone for close to an hour every time and laugh at whatever joke or hilariously offensive comment you made. I miss my friend.

I miss coming home from school and seeing your car waiting in the driveway, knowing that you would be sleeping over. I miss you saying ‘You vonce! You don’t even know vonce’ and joking ‘You rotten kid, come over here I’m gonna smack your tuchus’ haha. I miss receiving postcards from all of your incredible travels and spending 30 minutes with mom trying to decipher your handwriting. I miss spending weeks in Boca with you, with me yelling made up Yiddish words in the parking lot and you getting embarrassed that people would understand us here. I miss going to a boring conference in San Diego and you telling me that were skipping it to go to Las Vegas. I miss you coming to visit me in London when I was studying abroad, and the first place I am heading to after quarantine eases up is back to that Asian restaurant with the pagoda on the roof that we ate at most nights (and, like you, I will bring my own tea).

I am so happy Corey convinced me to come home for Thanksgiving rather than in December when I had originally planned. I ended up taking funny voice recordings of you trying to figure out where I currently live in the UK (and to be honest I still don't really know where I am). I listen to that sometimes.

I have told so many of my friends growing up and even my current coworkers how funny you are and sharing vivid memories I have of you, and they are always jealous that you were not their grandma too. You played such a big part in my life and I am so happy that I have been able to be with you for almost 30 years.

You have always been proud of me and a huge supporter, and always reminded me of that, especially with what I am achieving now. I am so happy to have been able to speak to you 2 weeks ago and have a normal conversation with you over the phone. I wish I could have been with you in the hospital to comfort you and let you know that we are thinking of you. You are easily one of the strongest, strong-willed, sassy women that I know and you will not be forgotten. And you’ll always be the youngest looking woman in Boca.

Most of all, I miss being able to read this letter to you in person.

I miss you. I love you. And I’m keeping those red socks you let me borrow once when I didn’t have any long socks at the time.


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