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Shirley Don

January 16, 1929 — October 13, 2023

Shirley Don


Shirley Don passed away peacefully at her home on October 13, 2023. Shirley was born, Surah Mermelstein, in the small village of Klechanova, Czechoslavakia on January 16, 1929.  She was the daughter of Ruchel and Yechiel Daveed Mermelstein.

She was one of eight children.

She was a Survivor of Auschwitz.  She met her beloved husband Samuel Don (predeceased) in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany and the two were married in 1949, a few months after arriving in Philadelphia. They created a home full of love, laughter, and joy. She adored her children and grandchildren with a fierce love. She is predeceased by her beloved son Dr. Sidney Don

Survived by daughters Ruth Shevlin, Rene Boni (Dennis Boni), 

Roslyn Don (Arthur Kiron), daughter-in-law, Paula Don: and grandchildren Amy Shevlin, Erica Boni, Daniel Boni, Sophie Don, and Samara Shevlin. 

Funeral Services on Monday October 16, promptly at 1:30 pm 

Goldstein’s Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks Suburban North, 

310 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966. 

Interment Shalom Memorial Park.

For those of you unable to attend, you may join us via Zoom by clicking the link below:



Contributions in her memory may be made to 

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl, SW

Washington, DC 20024-2126 


Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation

1617 JFK Boulevard

20th Floor #2015

Philadelphia, PA 19103


American Friends of Magen David Adom


Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA

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Past Services

Funeral Service

Monday, October 16, 2023

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Goldsteins Rosenberg's Funeral Directors Suburban North

310 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966

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Monday, October 16, 2023

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