OBITUARY

Dr. Sonia Sprung

December 12, 1921January 25, 2019

Dr. Sonia Sprung was born Dec.12,1921 and passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2019 at the age of 97. Her life was remarkable in many ways. She was born in the Ukraine to Clara and Victor Mendelson. She had one sibling, Sara, who encouraged her to enroll in medical school. Her studies were interrupted by WWII. As the Nazis started bombing her town she and her parents escaped and travelled 1500 miles to Kazakhstan where she was able to resume her studies and become a doctor. After the war she and her family left the Soviet Union and went to a displaced persons camp in Munich, Germany where she worked for the JDC treating refugees who arrived from Eastern Europe after the war. Her only child, Edie Nadler, was born there. In 1951, the family received permission to immigrate to the USA. When she arrived to Brooklyn, NY, she had to renew all her credentials which involved becoming an intern and resident and passing exams in English to become certified again in the medical profession. The family then moved to Providence where she was in private practice for 40 years as a pediatrician. She was an enthusiastic member of Temple Emanuel and attended services there regularly. She reluctantly retired at 75 and then started traveling the world. 36 cruises took her to all the places she ever dreamed of visiting. She is survived by her daughter, Edie Nadler (Jonathan Nadler); granddaughters, Lisa (Masa) and Jessica (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Miles, Ruby and Frankie as well as Shara Mendelson, Mischa Mendelson, Gideon Mendelson, Tom Tomeo and Owen, Leo and Isabella Mendelson Tomeo. She was a true original and will be remembered with love, admiration and respect.

Services

  • Graveside Service Sunday, January 27, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dr. Sonia Sprung

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Cyndi Desrochers

February 1, 2019

Dr. Sprung was my husband’s pediatrician and then my children’s. She was absolutely wonderful and I was so sad when she retired. I’m glad she had a long and happy retirement. My condolences to her family.

Ana Rodrigues

January 29, 2019

Dr Sprung was an amazing physician. I have vivid memories as a child going to her office on Waterman. Even as an adult in my 40's she remembered me by name. May she rest in peace. My condolences to her family.

Richard Rosen MD

January 28, 2019

I was in pediatric practice in RI from 1975-1997 and always looked forward to sharing a kind word with Dr. Sprung. Whether we were making rounds in the newborn nursery at Women & Infants Hospital or encountering each other at Temple Emanuel or in the Providence neighborhood, she always had a smile and a lovely and personal greeting. She was a respected and beloved professional by her patients and colleagues.

Ronald Allen

January 27, 2019

Dr. Sprung was my children's pediatrician beginning October, 1971. She was an amazingly competent doctor and equally, an amazing and caring human being. Dr. Sprung was always available to address my children's medical needs irrespective of my ability to pay, She was a Angel, anointed with a mastery of medical prowess, and "assigned" to make a difference in her earthly journey. Mission Accomplished!
She unselfishly gave of her time and talents to families like mine and I thank God for her and I also want to thank her family for allowing and supporting this pilgrimage of service and choice. I pray that God continues to Bless your family and gives Dr. Sonia Sprung her Heavenly reward. With warm personal regards, I am
Sincerely
Ronald W. Allen

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY