Dora Sirota, 84


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dora Z. (Pynoos) Sirota, of Providence and Narragansett, passed away on Jan. 14, 2022, at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Gregory Sirota.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, a daughter of the late Zalman Pynoos and Bella (Flax) Pynoos, she was in all aspects of life a paradigmatic Odessitka (native of Odessa): witty, fearless and rogue. Her understanding of others was radically horizontal, rejecting class hierarchies and differences in favor of humanity and universalism.

She immigrated to the United States in 1978 with her soul mate Gregory, their two children and her parents. Dora and her husband Gregory owned and operated Gregory’s Optical in Providence for many years, where she reigned over the sales floor with her distinct synthesis of irony, generosity and sardonic whimsy.

Survivors include: two children, Michael Sirota of Barrington and Anya Sirota and her husband, Jean Louis Farges, of Narragansett and Michigan; three grandchildren, Leon Sirota, Sonya Bella Sirota and Zioma Farges-Sirota; and her sister, Raisa Pynoos, of New Jersey.