OBITUARY

Barbara Jao

Passed away on October 4, 2012

Barbara (Mikelson) Jao, age 64, of Weston, MA died the morning of Thursday October 4, 2012 at home, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Dr. John Y.C. Jao of Weston, MA and the loving mother of Jonathan S. Jao of New York, NY. She also leaves behind her brothers David A. Mikelson of Brighton, MA, and Martin Mikelson of Hyde Park, MA, and many dearly cherished cousins, including Dr. Paul and Susan Menitoff of Lexington, MA, Rabbi Michael and Roz Menitoff of Los Angeles, CA, and Dr. Larry and Wendy Handler of Newton, MA.

She was a supervisor at the Disability Determination Services of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, where she had worked since the early 1970s. Relatives, friends, and colleagues gathered for funeral services at Levine Chapel in Brookline on Sunday October 7. The service was attended by approximately 250 people and presided over by her first cousin, Rabbi Michael Menitoff, Dean of the Rabbinical School at the Academy of Jewish Religion California. Burial followed at Shepetovka Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mass General Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Unit, 165 Cambridge St, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.levinechapel.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 7, 2012
REMEMBERING

Barbara Jao

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October 29, 2013

Dear John, Jonathan and David,

More than a year has passed since sweet Barbara left us. I hope that you are all managing with your grief and I hope that you have felt her presence around you throughout your days.

Thinking of you with love,
Shelly Welch

Lindy Lurie

October 12, 2012

Dr. Jao & Family, Barbara was always so kind to me at DDS. Although I didn't know her well, I do know that she treated everyone with dignity and respect. I hope you are comforted by your memories at this difficult time.

October 11, 2012

You are in my heart with love. Dr Jao, you were the Oncology Program at Leonard Morse and I proud to work with you. May GOD hold you and comfort you at this difficult time. Carolyn Scott (McKelvey)

October 11, 2012

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Dewana Wilson

October 9, 2012

May GOD hold and comfort you in your time of sorrow, sorry for you loss.
Dewana Wilson (DDS)

October 9, 2012

John, Jonathan and Family,
I was sad to hear about Barbara's passing . She was very kind to everyone she met.She always wanted to know how you were and your children. She had the nicest smile and laugh. She was always happy and a pleasure to work with. She certainly will be missed..rest in peace my friend. Karen Jollin, Marlborough, Ma

October 9, 2012

May GOD hold and comfort you in your time of sorrow, sorry for you loss.
Dewana Wilson

Nabil and Carmen Coriaty

October 9, 2012

Our condolences go out John and his family.May Barbara rest in peace.

October 9, 2012

I have so many wonderful memories of Barbara. We shared delicious lunches together and had the most amazing shopping trips on Newbury Street. She had impecable taste and always encouraged me to treat myself to nice things. We also shared a love of movies and I remember going to a few with her and laughing so hard with her at some of the scenes.She was the most generous person I have ever known. Her laugh was infectious, her compassion rarely matched and her love and kindness will be so missed. My sincere condolences to John and Jonathan. God bless you both.
Liz Boisvert, Franklin, Ma

October 9, 2012

Barbara was a compassionate, intelligent, and warm person. She is dearly missed by her friends and colleagues at DDS.