October 24, 1928 – January 6, 2021
Herbert Michaelson, 10/24/28-01/06/21 His beloved wife Joyce preceded him, as well as his beloved brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Hilda Michaelson, sister Sally, parents Nathan and Faye Michaelson He is survived by Daughter, Sue Michaelson Rabinowitz and her husband Rick, Granddaughter, Tina Rabinowitz-Dorenbecker, who fondly named him ‘Honey’ as a toddler, and husband Brent Dorenbecker. Son, Marc Michaelson, and wife, Rachele Ferraro, granddaughter Gabriella Ferraro-Michaelson. Nieces and Nephews: Libby Michaelson, who was there for him in Delray as stand-in daughter, Rabbi Yitzchak (Ira) and Lori Michaelson, Leland and Maritza Neal, Carson and Laura Neal, Brian and Karen Neal, Diedre Neal, and their children. The ‘special cousins’ that were as close to him as immediate family, Ilene Dorchuck and her family.
Herbert Michaelson was a hard working, giving man, volunteering for his temple, Shellbank Jewish Center-Brooklyn where he served as President, his community, Kings Point he was the President of his HOA from 1998 thru 2018, and the elderly, he volunteered at nursing home in Brooklyn 1993 when he retired, offering his friendship and service, to the residents.
He retired to Florida in 1995 where he and his beloved Joyce, enjoyed their retirement years, in Kings Point, Delray Beach, Florida where they were fortunate to have a lot of family close by. At age 90, 2018, he moved to Texas, so that Sue, Rick, Tina and Brent, could be there for him as he needed more help with independent living. He resided at Liberty Heights Graceful Retirement Independent Living, fondly referred to as the cruise ship that never leaves port. He absolutely loved his life at Liberty Heights, where he thrived these past years, making so many new friends; he was very popular with the all the staff and residents. This past fall, the residents nominated, Herb for President. He was loved by the teenage servers/ helpers there, he considered them, his ‘adopted’ grandchildren, he had pictures of them on his fridge, each one, was very special to him. He had some health challenges these past years, but received utmost care from a team of physicians at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical school. Under their care, he continued to thrive independently, until he contracted COVID-19, December 30, and lost the battle with the enemy on January 6, 2021.
These past years in Texas, Sue and her family were able to hover over him ‘helicopter Mom style’ ensuring he was safe, happy, and did not want for anything. He lived his life to the fullest, always a smile on his face, enjoyed every day, and everyone knew his favorite saying, ‘Right’!
We are heartbroken to lose him, but thankful he lived a full life where he gave love to, and enriched everyone around him, knowing he is going to be with Joyce again, gives us some peace.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
Another picture ❤️
January 14, 2021
Herb was a joy to serve at Liberty Heights Gracious Retirement Living! He was truly a friend to me, despite the 70+ year age gap! He always made me laugh with his New York stories and little sayings like: “my teeth are like stars... they come out at night”. My boyfriend, Chris, and I got very close to Herb working at LH for nearly two years, and he adopted us and loved us well from the very beginning! We will surely miss him.
Thoughts and prayers,
January 11, 2021
He’s together again with Joyce in Heaven. May you Rest In Peace uncle Herby.