Henriette Dobrzynski Herzog died on Thursday, February 6, 2014 after 90 courageous years of challenges, accomplishments and naches. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a wonderful, accepting and loving human being, who had not a bad thing to say about anyone.
Unlike her parents, Charles and Zivia, and her younger sister Diane, Henriette survived the Holocaust, fleeing her birthplace, Antwerp, Belgium for Caracas, Venezuela as a newly married woman in 1942. In Caracas, she celebrated 62 wedding anniversaries with her dedicated husband Leon. They had three children, Gilberto, Silvia and Graciela, who in turn gave her six grandchildren: Kevin, Emmanuel, Dena, Jonathan, Aaron and Jordan. They in turn gave her five great-grandchildren: Seth, Jacob, Courtney, Eliana, Andrea, Sasha & Stephanie.
Henriette loved crafts and her talent filtered through her hands. Many embroidered table coverings cheered special meals; fun ceramic egg holders adorned breakfasts; beaded roses in small ceramic pots decorated the house. She proudly knitted baby clothes for her first grandson, and--although never a pro at it--she created her own drink recipe. She was an inspired and imaginative cook whose meals were coveted. Her hands blessed our lives with beauty.
Henriette loved everyone around her and made them feel unique and appreciated. She never tired of playing card games, poker included, and enlisted anyone available. And let's not forget how much she enjoyed Bingo, which served as a barometer for her well-being. Yet, the solitary quarter slot machines were her favorite in a casino.
Ever since she was a little girl chocolate was an irresistible passion. It was her special treat at bedtime… or any time of the day. Dark chocolate, especially if infused with liqueur!
Houston became her last home. Here she made new friends, discovered new foods and new things to do. She enjoyed her time at The Medallion, where she found companionship and great comfort. During her years at the Medallion where she filled many piggy banks with quarters that she won at Bingo and poker, she was very well cared for by her loyal and loving caregivers, Eva, Tosheba and Emily. She is survived by her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and, in Venezuela, by her sister-in-law Lily and her niece Vivian and nephew Ricardo.