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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Mom

My Mom, Teri Meltzer, passed away this weekend after an incredible two year battle with breast cancer. Needless to say, we've kept it pretty private throughout the time she was sick. But the only reason my Mom first got diagnosed was because another of her firend's was diagnosed, so she decided to do a self exam. So for that, please, for yourself, your girlfriends, and especially your Moms, go encourage them to do one.

Over here, the loss is still hitting us. I've always been a momma's boy. And in my Mom's honor, I'm not apologizing for it.

Here's the obituary:


Precious daughter, sister, wife, mother, and Nana was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, which gave her a loving childhood, a true sense of humor, and an unmistakable accent. With an unrelenting and meticulous sense of style, she was an interior designer who decorated homes for family, friends, and hundreds of clients, eventually moving to Florida in 1983 and settling in Aventura.

Her true love, however, was saved for her family. It was this love of family that she learned from her father, Ben Rubin, who predeceased her, but whose influence she proudly carried everywhere. For the past two years, she fought an incredible battle with breast cancer, never once complaining, forever trying to spare her children any pain, even as the battle was lost on April 26. Her legacy lives on in: her ninety year-old mother, Dottie Rubin; her brother and sidekick, Richie Rubin; her husband, Stew Meltzer, whom she adored and protected during their 43 years of marriage; her children, Brad & Cori Meltzer and Bari & Will Norman; her grandchildren, Jonas, Lila and Theo Meltzer, and the rest of her family and friends, all of whom now carry her influence with them everywhere. No one loved her children more.

Teri’s funeral is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 28th at Temple Sinai of Hollywood, 1400 North 46th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33021.

Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to Sharsheret, which helps young (and young at heart) women battling breast cancer. 1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 3A, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

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Hugh said...

Sincerest condolences. I know it's a terribly difficult time, and the emptiness probably feels overwhelming, but you can look forward to a time when the shock and pain pass and you'll be rewarded with warm memories that no longer carry the pain with them, and it'll be almost like meeting your mom all over again. That may sound like a trite oversimplification, or it may not be of any help right now, but nothing can really help right now, you just have to grieve. I've been through this myself. Thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

My condolences Brad. If your mom was anything like my "Brooklyn" mom, I'm sure she was tremendously proud of your many accomplishments and of how much enjoyment you have brought your fans over the years. I'm sorry for your loss.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Brad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

WILLIAM said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I received a card after my father past with a hand written not that read, " There will come a time when you find yourself doing something or saying something that your {mom} did. A word or phrase will catch you as completey {hers}. Do not mourn but cherish those monents."

Anonymous said...

Brad, I am very sorry about your loss. I'm also a momma's boy and I'm not afraid to let anyone know. Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.


Martin Maenza said...

Brad, I am very sorry to hear about your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.