Helene K. Sondler


Sondler, Helene K., 94 passed peacefully on September 30th, 2020 at Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence in Warwick, RI.  She was the wife of the late Richard Sondler.  Born in Providence, a daughter of Marian and Isadore Kwasha, she proudly raised her family there and helped Dicky through the years at “Star Appliance”.  Helene was a member and volunteer of Temple Emanu-El and also volunteered at the Miriam Hospital.  Helene cherished her life on the East Side and beautiful summer days on the shores of Canonchet with family and dear friends.

Devoted mother of Jeffrey Sondler of Woburn, MA, the late Bruce Sondler and late David Sondler, Helene was immensely proud of her three sons. She remained close to daughters-in- law Elizabeth Sondler and Susan Bazar.  Dear sister of the late Edith Feingold, Lottie Seegal and brother Leonard Kwasha, Helene cherished her childhood years.

Helene was the beloved grandmother of six granddaughters, Meredith, Jordan, Caroline, Chloe, Alexandra and Olivia and great-grandmother to Ariella, Maxwell, Alexander, Beatrice and Georgia.

From Providence’s East Side to the Regency and then on to Warwick, Helene resided at Tamarisk for the past eight years where staff and residents became her extended family.  Affectionately nicknamed Cookie, Helene radiated kindness and gratitude.

Funeral services and Shiva will be private.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence, 1165 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or online at jcsri.org.  Tamarisk is a community of Jewish Collaborative Services (JCS).


  1. Michael Field
    Oct 2, 2020

    Jeff, I am really sorry to hear about your mother’s passing.
    Your mother and father were like my 2nd parents. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Betsy Weiner McNeil
    Oct 7, 2020

    Dear Jeffrey,
    Your mother was a kind, beautiful and loving woman. I remember her fondly from our childhood. May her memory be a blessing.

    • jeff sondler
      Aug 20, 2021

      betsy ,I am very sad to hear of your mom’s passing ,it is a difficult moment but she brought the world beauty ,grace and above all, you her lovely daughter in every way,jeffrey

      • Betsy Weiner McNeil
        Dec 31, 2021

        Jeffrey, thank you for your kind words. I am reflecting on the past year and Mom’s death was very hard for me. As you know, it is a very painful loss. I would have responded sooner, but I just found this site. May this New Year bring you health, happiness and fond memories.

  3. Barbara J Dunder
    Oct 9, 2020

    Jeffrey….so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our parents had so much fun together. They are probably laughing their butts off at Canonchet in the sky!

  4. Cheryl Blazar
    Oct 12, 2020

    Dearest Jeff & Sondler Family,
    Your Mom/Grandmother was one of the wisest, honest, loving and most beautiful people that came into my life when I moved from Boston to Providence. She was such a huge part,in my assimailation to Judaism and the culture of Jewish Life in Providence. She was a true “mensch” who lived her life doing “Mitzvah of “Tzedakah”.

    May she Rest In Peace,
    Cheryl Blazar

    Oct 12, 2020

    i’m so sorry to hear of Helene’s passing. I knew her trough Temple and Dickie. My brother, Steve, was good friends with them. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. R.I.P. Eddy.

  6. Susan Rodrigues
    Oct 15, 2020

    Dear Jeffrey and Sondler family,
    So sorry to learn of Helene’s passing. She was a wonderful woman whose family loved her dearly. She will be missed by many.
    I used to enjoy visiting her at Tamarisk.
    Susan (Wexler) Rodrigues

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