Frances “Frankie” Sontheimer Wolff, of Dedham, MA formerly of New Orleans, LA, died peacefully at her home on October 6, 2021 at the age of 93, with her family by her side.
Beloved by and devoted to family and many friends, Frankie was the daughter of the late Bertha Lischkoff and Jack E. Sontheimer, sister of the late Mercedes S. Silverman, wife of the late Leonard M. Wolff Sr. and mother of Len Wolff Jr. (Robin), Sue Wolff, and the late Jackie Wolff, grandmother of Darian Tucker, Izak Harvey-Wolff, Ben Burdick, and Alia Burdick, and great grandmother of Cheyenne Tucker and Maddox Tucker.
Frankie enjoyed living in New Orleans for the first 81 years of her life. She graduated from Isidore Newman School, Newcomb College, and Tulane University School of Social Work. She was a passionate volunteer, board member, and donor in many Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. Two of the many highlights were co-chairing the 1995 Jewish Welfare Fund campaign, and endowing her Lion of Judah gift, becoming the first of what became many women in New Orleans to do so. Frankie also felt deeply honored to receive the 2007 New Orleans Jewish Endowment Foundation Tzedakah Award and the 2009 Roger Bissinger Memorial Award.
Frankie moved to the Boston area in 2009, where she much enjoyed living in and was a valued member of the NewBridge on the Charles community in Dedham, MA. Her pride in being a Social Worker and a philanthropic spirit continued through her last days as she gave of herself to others. Among the many projects especially dear to her heart in recent years are the NewBridge Volunteer Outreach Committee including the Dedham Food Pantry, the Home Start eviction prevention program, the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter, as well as numerous donor circles.
Frankie was deeply appreciative of her life and felt very lucky and blessed. She and her family want to express much gratitude to each and all of the care providers who took such tender care of Frankie at the end of her life, and to each and all who have shared memories and meanings of their relationship with her.
A private graveside service will be held in New Orleans. A livestream link and information for visitation via Zoom will be sent to family, friends, and the communities of which she felt honored to be part.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Frankie’s memory be made to the Jackie Wolff Fund at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70115; or to the H.E.L.P. Fund, or Congregation NewBridge, both at at NewBridge on the Charles, Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Center Street, Boston, MA 02131