PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Leonore Sones, also known as Mom or Savta, peacefully passed away early in the morning on May 3, 2023, surrounded by family. She was a beloved, integral part of every community she touched, especially the Providence Jewish community. She was the cherished wife of 61 beautiful years to Cedric Sones.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, to George and Rose Wapnick, Lee was a light in this world from the moment she entered it. She is not remembered through her passing, but rather through the love and amelioration she brought to this Earth. A learned and academic woman, Leonore received two master’s degrees, in education and Jewish history. She inspired people through her work as an educational director at Temple Sinai, in Cranston, and was a vibrant community member at Temple Emanu-El, in Providence. She was passionate about advocating for women in education and Jewish representation in the media. (If you ever see a menorah in the mall, thank Lee!) Her smile was contagious, and her positive attitude uplifted any room she entered. If you are to learn one thing from your relationship with Leonore, let it be to always approach people with positivity, warmth and grace.
Her memory lives on through her children, Allison Sones (wife, Lana Cook) and Emily Sones, and her grandchildren, Jared Weiner and his wife, Meaghan; Jordyn Weiner and Arianna Weiner. Leonore valued family over everything.
Donations may be made to Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906; Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI 02906; or Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America (https://www.hadassah.org/donate).