Dora “Dolly” Kandin-Bross (née Assman) passed away February, 22 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living in West Orange, New Jersey, she was 97. Born on March 24, 1922 in Germany, Dolly and her family lived in Leipzig and Berlin before escaping to Palestine as Hitler rose to power.
Through a miraculous and harrowing journey, Dolly, her parents and sisters survived. Eventually settling in Tel Aviv where she met and married her first husband Samuel Kandin and had her daughter Josepha, Dolly was present to celebrate Israel's independence in 1948.
After immigrating to the United States, Dolly lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After Samuel’s passing in 1975, Dolly moved to Hackensack, NJ and eventually Bergenfield, NJ where she lived with her second husband Eli Bross until his passing in 2010. From 2010 until 2017, she lived with Josepha in Montville, NJ.
In her youth in Germany, Dolly and her sisters trained in ballet, and in her later years she developed a remarkable talent for painting and sculpture. She enjoyed many weekends and summers on Long Beach Island and was always at her happiest when surrounded by her family. Dolly was a survivor, tenacious spirit, and a living embodiment of Gloria Gaynor’s song “I Will Survive.”
Dolly was predeceased by her parents Heinrich and Fanny; sisters Eva, Regina, Ani, and Lotti; husbands Samuel and Eli; and son-in-law Robert. She is survived by her daughter Josepha; granddaughters Anne (Reggie), Natalie, and Jennifer (Eric); and great-grandchildren Nathan (Jonathan), Noah, Amelia, Jacob, Chloe, and Emmett.
Funeral services will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Monday February 24, 2020 at Cedar Park and Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, NJ with interment immediately following. The family will observe a brief shiva period after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages all to plant a tree in Israel in her honor through the Jewish National Fund.
Cedar Park and Beth El Cemetery
735 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
17 Davenport Road
Montville, NJ 07045