Sonya H. Schickler

1 October, 193530 April, 2021

Sonya Harriet Schickler Hebrew name Chanah. Passed away peacefully at 2:50 p.m. Friday in her Brookline home surrounded by loved ones. Sonya was born on October 1, 1935 in Boston. She was the Valedictorian at Hebrew College and received a double promotion for her outstanding and studious work in the classroom. Following her degree, she had a storied career teaching Hebrew, starting at Beth El Hebrew School, which was at the time in Dorchester. After teaching at Beth El, she taught at Temple Emanuel and Temple Reyim, both of Newton and Temple Mishkan Tefila, which was at the time in Chestnut Hill. Following her career in the Hebrew classroom, Sonya taught Hebrew at home to many private students who loved her as a teacher and person. When Sonya wasn't teaching Hebrew, she enjoyed going to synagogue; the last two she attended were Young Israel and Kehillath Israel, both in Brookline. At home, she watched Israel TV regularly and especially loved the humorous shows, like Eretz Nehederet. With her love of humor, it’s only fitting that Sonya had a sharp wit and made people laugh with her jovial spirit. In addition to Israel TV, she liked watching local TV for the weather reports and loved some of the sitcoms on the major network as well. Sonya leaves behind her two sons Eliot Schickler of Brookline and Eric Schickler and his wife Terri Bimes of Berkeley, of California and their two kids Sam and Lea. She also leaves behind her nephews, Marvin Levine and his wife Reba Swartz-Levine of Florida and their four kids and nine grandchildren; Matthew Chansky, his wife Lisa of New Jersey and one child; and James Chansky, his wife Catherine, their two children and one grandchild; and her nieces Aviva Chansky-Guttmann, her husband Danny Gutmmann and their three kids; Neysa Chansky-Chasen, her husband David of Arizona and their four kids; Claudia McDermott, whose husband Richard is deceased, their two kids and one grandchild; Sherrill Levine-Kinney of Maine and her husband Leonard, who is deceased, their three kids and two grandchildren; Arlene Alpert Melhman of Chicago and her husband Dr. David Mehlman; Keren Chansky-Suberi and her husband Moshe Suberi of New Jersey, their two kids and five grandchildren; Tamar Chansky-Stern, her husband Phil of Philadephia and their two kids; Linda Janidlo and her husband Tom Janidlo of Alaska and their three children and four grandchildren and Erica Wasserman-Cavin of Arlington and her husband, Tom Cavin. Sonya was the daughter of Israel Chansky (D-1969) and Sadie Waldman-Chansky (D-1975) and was predeceased by her husband, Abraham Schickler (D-2018), brother Daniel Chansky (D-2000), her twin sister Lois Chansky-Wasserman, who passed away on April 17, 2021, and sisters Beatrice Chansky-Levine (D-1990) and Esther Chansky Alpert (2004). Her brother Norman Chansky of Philadephia passed away later on the same day (April 30). Her former brother-in-law Miles Wasserman and sister-in-law Elissa Chansky passed away in 2005 and 2020, respectively. Her brother-in-laws Simon Levine and Melvin Alpert passed away in 1976 and 1999, respectively. Shiva Will Be held Sunday Through Monday 7:00 PM to 9:00PM, Friday 2:00PM to 4:00PM, and Sunday 1:00PM to 3:00PM at 3 Alton Place Apartment 1 Brookline MA 02445. Donations can be made in Sonya’s memory to the National Gaucher Foundation 5410 Edson Lane # 220 Rockville, MD 20852. Or the, 11921 rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852 American Kidney Fund. Or Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, PO Box 4224 Ny,Ny 10163.


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Howard Koor

3 May 2021

We are sorry to hear of the death of Sonya. Our deepest sympathies. May her memory be for a blessing.


Howard Koor
Ellen Mosner

Marvin Levine

1 May 2021

My dearest favorite aunt,

Your passing on lag b’omer delivers a unique message. This day is a day of joy, happiness and games. For you, this day represents the end of your pain and suffering. Therefore it is a joyous day for you.

You must know how special you are to me. We shared so much caring and love.

It is with extreme honor and humility that I will officiate at your funeral. Please forgive me as I will be very emotional and times of crying and tears.

B’ahavah. With love,

Your favorite nephew Moshe Binyamin

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