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.