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Grenadier, Dorothy O.

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September 20, 1921 - May 4, 2010

Grenadier, Dorothy O.

Grenadier, Dorothy 1921 – 2010 If ever in need to brighten your day or seek a best friend or enjoy delicious spaghetti or stuffed cabbage, Dorothy Grenadier was your woman of choice. With illuminating and infectious smiles, a musical laugh, and an outstretched hand and heart, she dazzled those who crossed her path over her 88 years. Once she met you, you were her cherished friend for life — whether you were a neighbor, someone new to the country, a restaurant worker, a world renowned music conductor, or homeless. Dorothy Ross Grenadier, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921, was the youngest of five children of Russian Jewish immigrants. Her father worked as a tailor and her mother ran a boarding house. As a child, Dorothy played the piano on the radio and graduated high school at fifteen before attending Brooklyn College, where she studied Romance languages. She subsequently married Armand Grenadier, a career Air Force pilot, whom she met at a dance. Thereafter, they were the Fred and Ginger on many a dance floor, bringing along their four children as they traveled to Texas, Michigan and North Dakota, retiring to Dallas where she lived for over 40 years. Family, beauty, laughter, and helping others were the mainstays of her life. If she encountered injustice or unfair treatment, she did not hesitate to speak up. She had a variety of both paid and volunteer positions, including ushering in a movie theatre, teaching pre-school, working at a TV station and a university museum, and serving on Boards and committees of community organizations and her beloved Congregation Shearith Israel, where she served on the Board of Directors and established a cadre of welcoming greeters. She also undertook numerous creative activities, such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, rug-making, and china painting, and enjoyed spending time with friends playing bridge or entertaining. A movie maven, Dorothy was delighted when her husband recounted compliments he’d received from Clark Gable on a sweater she’d made when the two men were stationed in Florida during WWII. But she was even prouder, when in her 80’s, she knitted dozens of winter mufflers for the homeless. Extremely outgoing (almost an understatement), she also realized a childhood dream when she studied acting in her fifties and performed in musicals, plays, and on television; one of her almost type-cast roles being Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof, though Dorothy’s best role was as a mother. Indeed, so strong was her love of children that when she told her husband she wished she could establish an orphanage, he knew she’d want to keep them all. She spent the last year of her life in Houston to be near her beloved family after being diagnosed with dementia and breast cancer. Her family wishes to thank all who have supported and cared for her these past few months at Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center and The Medallion, including her grandchildren who brought her such joy. Preceded in death by her husband Armand and daughter Linda Evans, she is survived by her son Allan Grenadier (Camilla); daughters Leslie Weiner (Sandy) and Lorna Grenadier; grandchildren Laura Hallmark, Edward and Jamie Weiner, Traylyn Evans, David and Stacy Weiner, Evan and Dina Weiner and Rebecca Weiner; great-grandchildren Jordan Grenadier, Jacob Hallmark, Bryna Esther Weiner, Eliana Weiner and Michael Weiner; beloved sister-in-law Mildred Ross, cherished nieces and nephews and her many South African friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Shearith Israel (Dallas), or to a charity of choice. And take time to make each day special with a laugh, song, or helping hand. Funeral services will be held at Congregation Shearith Israel on May 6 at 2 PM, with burial services at Congregation Shearith Israel cemetery.

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