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Deceased Information

DECEASED:
Fisseha "Sol" Samuel
Shlomo ben Dov v Malka


DATE OF DEATH:
Thursday, October 9, 2014 (before sunset)

15 Tishri, 5775

DATE OF FUNERAL:
Sunday, October 12, 2014


TIME OF FUNERAL:
10:30 AM


PLACE OF FUNERAL:
GRAVESIDE


PLACE OF BURIAL:
Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318


SHIVA INFORMATION:
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday minyan at 7:00 pm at the home of Melissa Fay Greene and Don Samuels
1708 East Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307

EULOGY (audio):
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Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

DONATIONS:
  • Worldwide Orphans Foundation 
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center Maccabi Program (678-812-4000)  5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

  • OBITUARY:
    Fisseha “Sol” Samuel, age 20, passed away October 9, 2014. He is survived by his parents: Melissa Fay Greene and Don Samuel; siblings: Molly, Seth, Lee, Lily, Daniel, Jesse, Helen, and Yosef; grandmother, Ruth Samuel; uncles Garry Greene, Bob Samuel, Bill Samuel, and extended family in Ethiopia. Sol was born in Jima, Ethiopia, on January 10, 1994. Orphaned in childhood, Sol was adopted by his American family at age 10 and instantly charmed everyone he met with his generosity, superb athleticism, good humor, intelligence, kindness, and gentle smile. A 2013 graduate of Druid Hills High School, he was a sophomore at Georgia Gwinnett College and played varsity soccer. From the moment he arrived in the U.S., he was everyone’s first pick for every sport; he played board games, charades and Fantasy Football with his siblings, excelled at photography, and competed in the international Maccabi Games in San Diego, Houston, Omaha, and Israel. He had amazing navigational, camping, and wilderness skills, and hoped to have a career someday in forestry and conservation. He was a bridge-builder among people everywhere and was at the center of his family’s happiness. His ferocity on the field was matched by his sweetness off it. His family, friends, and teammates are devastated by his loss. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations in his memory to Worldwide Orphans Foundation [wwo.org] or to the Marcus Jewish Community Center [MJCCA] Maccabi program. Sign online guest book at www.edressler.com. A graveside service will be held Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 10:30 am at Crest Lawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Hillel Norry officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.


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    Linda Sosman & Paul ZimmermannJan 25 2015 09:42 pm
    This morning we heard via Morning Edition the tragic news about Sol. We are so sorry for your loss. Though we never met Sol, what we knew of him through stories that were shared with us left an impression of a boy who, in spite of a brutal beginning in life, was destined to do great things. I am selfishly sad that I will never get to see him run with the exuberance of a gazelle or witness one of his many feats of legendary athleticism. We hope that your memories will provide comfort for you all. Love, Linda & Paul
    Dr. ashimuneze heanachoJan 24 2015 01:04 pm
    Dear Samuels: I cried like a baby, when I heard your adoption odyssey at NPR, this morning, (1/23/15). They were tears of joy, that, there are human beings, such as you, your husband, your compassionate son, and the other members of your "parliament," who voted selflessly, to continually enlarge the body. Of course, they were unaware of what it cost you and Don, in terms of expenditure of time, money, privacy, leisure, etc. But, their generosity led them, to seek to not padlock the ark, behind them. I am African. I know some of the deep poverty on my continent, especially, in places with little or no natural or industrial resources. My country is the 5th largest producer of oil yet, the economic, technological, and health malaise shocks the conscience, though, we are not socially or educationally backward. Like Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa, etc, millions of child-beggars, destitute older men and women, and unemployed college graduates roam the streets of our pseudo-cosmopolises. In villages similar to Sol's, impoverished clans absorb the poor and share with them, their crumbs. You have done almost too much, to alleviate suffering and give a future to many. Is it politically feasible, you would adopt Palestinian orphans, of whom, there are at least, 300,000. Please, help to melt the iceberg between Jews and Palestinians. Let a Palestinian child fill the extremely wide and deep hole in your hearts and your hearth, vacated by Sal.
    Eliana Jan 18 2015 03:21 am
    Over the summer, I went to In the City Camp. Every morning, I would wake up and know that I was going to be able to hang out with the cool Counsler, Sol. We would play basketball with a couple other kids, and I doubt he even remembers my name, but he always put a smile on my face, even when he lost. (Actually, he always won). My friends and I miss him a lot, and wish he could come back. Although he can't, we won't forget him and the summer he made unforgettable for us. We love you, Sol.
    Yvette Dec 28 2014 07:40 pm
    I am so sorry for the lost of your son and for the children's lost of their brother. Nothing can prepare us fully for the loss of a child. Whatever the case, the pain of death cannot be eluded and its finality can be devastating. However please know that death does not end it all.  For our friends and family members are asleep in death. As 1 Thessalonians 4:13 brings out "Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope." There is a hope for those who fall asleep in death and a hope for us to be able to see once again on this earth alive. Please no that one day Jehovah God will wake them up again to live forever on the earth. Jehovah God has promised at Daniel 12:2 "Many of those asleep in dust of the earth will wake up." and John 5:28,29. "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." If have any questions about this hope and other please go to JW.org for answers to all of your questions.
    Janette frpm KentuckyDec 7 2014 07:24 pm
    I just finished reading your book last night at the recommendation of my daughter who is going through the process of adopting a child from Thailand. I went on-line to see if I could find an update on how your family is doing, and then I saw the news of Sol's death. I feel as if I know your family and am deeply sorry for your loss.
    The Cohen FamilyNov 10 2014 09:25 am
    WE are so sorry for the loss of your dear Sol. Although we had not met him, we feel the loss through the In The City Camp community that our boys enjoy. warmly, David, Bernice, Nathan and Kobe
    Carol Karuna LaneNov 7 2014 11:20 pm
    Dear Don, Melissa, and all the family, Don, we met in the 80's when I used to work for Bruce Maloy. I heard about the loss your family has experienced tonight through a mutual friend. I wanted to reach out and send you my heartfelt condolences. Warmly, Karuna Lane
    Melyssa MelloNov 5 2014 09:34 pm
    My son was one of Sol's campers at Bauer crest. He left a lasting impression on my son. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Melyssa and Max Mello.
    AndreOct 30 2014 09:59 pm
    Dear Samuel Family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your son, Sol. He was so young and yet dealing with so much. You were kind enough to open your hearts and home to someone in need. Know that God is there to offer comfort (Ps 34:15,18).
    Beckie SibleyOct 27 2014 12:11 pm
    I just learned of your son's tragic death and am utterly heartbroken. I am so sorry.
    Ethiopia MengestuOct 25 2014 08:56 pm
    Dear Melissa, I just read an article in one of the Ethiopian websites about your son & I was so heart broken. When I read the story about your family, it sounded so familiar to me and finally realized I had met you before. We met because you were such a caring mother. When you adopted your first child from Ethiopia you went over and beyond to make sure her cultural transition went smooth. You had called my church and I came out to your house & talked with you. I am sure you were that caring with all of your adopted children. I pray that God gives you & your family strength to endure this great loss and may Fisseha's memory be eternal!
    HirutOct 23 2014 12:24 am
    Heartbroken
    Elizabeth EsheteOct 20 2014 05:35 pm
    My name is Elizabeth.I was one of the social workers in AAI. I am really really sorry for the death of this bright boy.May God fill your heart with His own peace and healing.
    YohanesOct 20 2014 06:08 am
    I am sorry for your loss, my prayer goes to you.
    Chip CareyOct 20 2014 02:28 am
    I was in Connecticut last weekend and am doubly saddened not to have been able to share the collective mourning for Sol. He was someone all the kids admired for his generosity of spirit and kindness. He could have exploited his charisma for his own benefit, but instead he graced everyone by using his gifts to shower others with his kindness and empathy. Our kids still cannot get over his loss and neither can his parents. His spirit lives on with all those he touched. RIP.
    Rita and Werner CohnOct 19 2014 06:01 pm
    We are so sorry for your loss , Melissa and Don and family ! May his memory be a blessing ...
    Harrison RoweOct 18 2014 09:23 pm
    Thoughts go out to the family. Absolutely gutted. He truly knew how to make others, like myself, feel important through his charisma. Always had a smile. Xx
    Sarah PallasOct 18 2014 03:41 pm
    I am so very very sorry about the loss of your beautiful Fisseha/Sol
    michaelOct 18 2014 01:19 am
    Surely a very tragic story. His life story tells a young kid of great success and a bright future. I wonder how a young guy like this would commit suicide. Even before autopsy is done they are barking claiming he commited suicide. What a fishy conclusion and how shameful and lazy the local authorities are!!!! I honestly belive he was murdered. Just my two cents worth!
    Miriam and Ted LevitasOct 17 2014 11:36 pm
    Voids of Treasures can never be filled. But rich memories of those we've treasured, will fill our lives forever.
    Greer CorbettOct 17 2014 08:56 pm
    My deepest condolences for your loss. Sol was such a bright and shining young man. It was always nice to get a friendly hello from him as he was passing through the house, with a giant smile on his face. He will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.
    Jill KaufmanOct 17 2014 01:02 pm
    Hello Melissa, I'm a friend of Tema's. She just told me this sorrowful news. I am so sorry for your loss. Tema speaks with such love of you and your family and Atlanta and the deep ties there. My thoughts are with all. It is clear that Fisseha was such a light in your lives, and in the lives of others too. May you find so much support and love among your gorgeous family and your dear friends. Jill Kaufman.
    Susan & Dale SchwartzOct 16 2014 11:05 pm
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We send our love and prayers. We know he had s wonderful life with your family.
    Wendy FlemonsOct 16 2014 03:49 pm
    Today I have lit a candle to not only keep the memory strong, of Sol-- who was loved so much, but to make sure that God is close by, and supporting you as you grieve this terrible loss.
    Cindy Brasher (Donna Toulme's sister)Oct 16 2014 12:47 pm
    Dear Melissa and Family, I will write a card soon...My heart and mind ache for your tragic loss of your precious son Sol. I remember him so well when he was at Rocky Knob with my nephew John Toulme. Joy and enthusiasm for life personified! Such a handsome, kind, intelligent young man. I remember thinking how blessed John was to have a friend as Sol. Only God can understand ....Peace be with you. Cindy Brasher in WinstonSalem, NC
    McKenzie Wren & Reuben HallerOct 16 2014 12:32 pm
    The loss in your family ripples through our community. Please know that you are loved and supported by many who know of you through the friends of our children. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sarah AbbottOct 16 2014 12:20 pm
    I will be holding your family in my thoughts and prayers as your grieve the loss of your son and brother, Fisseha Sol Samuel. May you feel God's arms around you as you grieve this terrible loss.
    Melissa HeffernanOct 16 2014 11:35 am
    I am Spencer and Pierce Bauer's Aunt. I know how much Sol meant to my nephews. I wanted to express my sympathy and prayers to your family. Melissa
    Ann O'ConnellOct 16 2014 10:29 am
    I am so very sad to hear of your loss. my thoughts are with your family.
    ellen podgorOct 16 2014 08:41 am
    My deepest condolences to your family. My thoughts are with you.
    Pam DuncanOct 16 2014 06:32 am
    Dear Melissa, I am absolutely shocked and saddened by the death of Sol. I know personally the wretchedness of suicide. My brother took his own life when he was young. There is nothing more devastating to the family. Please know you are in my prayers. Fondly, Pam Duncan
    Becky Karns StoughtonOct 15 2014 11:53 pm
    I cannot even begin to imagine your sorrow Melissa. A few years ago my cousin and his wife lost a baby from SIDS and my oldest sister died about ten years ago. I remember hearing my cousin say softly to my mother as she hugged her, "I know YOU know how I feel." Losing a child is unbelievable grief no matter the age or the circumstances. I am so very very sorry but I know your wonderful family and friends will somehow embrace you (and each other) with enough love to console you in this terrible loss.
    Jenny ClosnerOct 15 2014 09:40 pm
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you all, it weighs heavy on me. You are so very often in my prayers.
    Richard LubinOct 15 2014 08:55 pm
    Melissa, Don and family, I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.
    Melissa GoodmanOct 15 2014 08:39 pm
    I honestly can’t imagine the heartache you must feel ... my heart goes out to you and your family ...
    Helen ArnoldiOct 15 2014 08:09 pm
    Dear Melissa and family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved son. May his memory be for a blessing.
    Meta Wilson MillerOct 15 2014 06:06 pm
    My condolences to all of you.
    Ivy DashOct 15 2014 05:55 pm
    So sorry for your loss. Sol sounds like he was a beautiful soul. Baruch Dayan Emet.
    Stephanie B. ManisOct 15 2014 01:43 pm
    Bob and I want you to know you are in our thoughts. We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your son, Sol. We have watched your wonderful family over the years with great admiration. Stephanie
    Steve ScarboroughOct 15 2014 01:15 pm
    Dear Don, Melissa, and Family, words fail, but please know that I am holding you in my prayers at this terrible time. I wish you peace and comfort.
    Olivia K.Oct 15 2014 12:00 pm
    I attended Paideia for a long time and met Lily and Helen there. I did not know Sol personally, but his lovely smile lights up the world and makes me (and probably others) smile. Sending good thoughts to the Samuel family.
    Rachel Paige WinikoffOct 14 2014 11:30 pm
    Sol's life, spirit, energy and memory were and are a blessing to thousands of people and to me personally. Melissa, you and you entire family, are a blessing to our community and to me personally. My soul is turned inside out. Baruch Dyan Emet.
    Merrily RipleyOct 14 2014 10:55 pm
    I am so sorry for you loss. Fisseha was truly a treasure.
    Debbie Greene and Rami StrosbergOct 14 2014 08:03 pm
    We are so sorry to hear the news of this tremendous loss. Our thoughts are with you and we hope you can find comfort in each other and in your memories of Sol.
    LisaOct 14 2014 07:00 pm
    Please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeff DavisOct 14 2014 05:10 pm
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Abelardo CasillasOct 14 2014 03:59 pm
    I have more pictures if you want them, please give me an e-mail
    Julee SmilleyOct 14 2014 03:58 pm
    I am so sorry for your loss. Wonderful people like you should not have to suffer the loss of a child. You are in our prayers. If there is anything we can do to help or lighten your burden, please let me know.
    Jane HaughOct 14 2014 01:17 pm
    We are so sorry and share your grief from Saratoga and the Adirondacks. So cherished, our Habesha boys and girls. Thoughts are with you here. Jane (mother of Zoë, Maeve and Tsinat)
    Suzanne HaydenOct 14 2014 12:55 pm
    May God hold your family in the palm of His hand.
    Suzy EdwardsOct 14 2014 12:15 pm
    Words are totally inadequate. But I care, and my heart is breaking for you both! I will be praying for you all as you journey through this together.
    Lisa OsbeckOct 14 2014 11:22 am
    I just heard about your son. My thoughts are with your wonderful family.
    Inez SydowOct 14 2014 10:25 am
    I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful young man. I have such fond memories of him when I was teaching him how to read. He so wanted to learn. He read so many books ans asked so many questions about his new world- he was such a joy.
    Roy and Bonnie SobelsonOct 14 2014 10:00 am
    Don, Melissa and children -- Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious child, Sol. Our hearts go out to you and your amazing family in this time of sadness. We can only hope that your wonderful memories of him, and you all with him, will sustain you over the years. Bless you all.
    The Glickman familyOct 13 2014 06:57 pm
    Knowing no words to say at a time like this, we grieve with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Nicole, Michael, Emily, and Anna DowlingOct 13 2014 05:39 pm
    Melissa, Don, and the Samuel family, Our hearts go out to you during these sad days. Sol was a kind soul, who touched many with his positive spirit and warm smile. We are so very sorry.
    Steven and Janette BerneOct 13 2014 05:08 pm
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We knew Sol through the Maccabi Games. He was a gifted player and always had a wide smile.
    Daniel MenakerOct 13 2014 04:31 pm
    So deeply sorry to hear this sad news--especially as an adoptive parent and the brother of a young man who died too young. Sol sounds like such a marvelous guy. I hope that somehow, time will bring some kind of comfort or at least peace to you and your family. Please accept my condolences. --Dan Menaker
    Ken HindmanOct 13 2014 04:21 pm
    Melissa and Don: I think that God does not usually approve of people deciding for themselves when their lives end. In the case of his well beloved child Sol, I think that God simply gave Sol permission to return to him early. All is well. With the greatest love to all of you, Ken
    Joe and Lillie PaganiOct 13 2014 02:49 pm
    We are so sorry for the loss of such a bright young man. Please feel the love and care that people hold for you and your family.
    The Mittelstadt FamilyOct 13 2014 01:52 pm
    Dear Don, Melissa and family - We are so saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Fisseha. Over the years I would see updated photos and hear of his soccer exploits from Don. It was always so apparent that he was a beacon of light within the family. Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.
    Sheila Greene MandelOct 13 2014 01:28 pm
    To the Wonderful Samuel Family, Deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Fessiha. I listened to the recording of the eulogies and was moved by the wonderful tributes you all delivered. You presented a picture of Fessiha that will always remain with me.
    Leonora FoleyOct 13 2014 11:45 am
    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this tragic time. Your book about your adoption was a huge inspiration to me during my own adoption from Ethiopia, and Sol reminds me so much of my Yabsira. Our hearts are crying with you.
    Dorothy Craft EvansOct 13 2014 11:42 am
    My heart breaks for you. I know from Helen what a very special person Sol was. I will hold him and your family in my thoughts and meditations and am so very sorry for your loss.
    Sarah PulliamOct 13 2014 11:42 am
    I am deeply disheartened to hear of Sol's passing though the grapevine of adoptive parents. I read about Sol in Melissa's books and he sounded like such a star. I know the world will miss him and all he would have brought to conservation and other future endeavors. To his family and in particular his dear parents, I give my most profound sympathies. We will make a gift to WWO in his honor. Sarah Pulliam, north of Seattle Mom to 4 great girls, three from Ethiopia
    Trey PalmerOct 13 2014 11:33 am
    My heart was crushed with the news of Sol's passing. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. He was one of my favorite players to watch in games. There is not a single teacher at DHHS, who knew Sol, that tell anything but the brightest of stories about him. He will be missed.
    Shirley CaroOct 13 2014 10:56 am
    My heart is breaking for your family. I have followed your journeys to Ethiopia via your books and previous e-mails when my granddaughter was being adopted from there (a joy to our family!). My most sincere condolences. May your beautiful memories of Sol, and the amazing life you gave him, bring you peace and comfort.
    Susan BakerOct 13 2014 10:32 am
    Rick and I can't imagine the depth your pain and sorrow. Please know that our healing thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Susan
    Kea & Kiya Herron & Kenn HochstetlerOct 13 2014 10:28 am
    Dear Melissa, Don, and Family, This morning, about 10 minutes before I (Kea) saw the horrifying message about Sol's death, I thought I'd contact you (Melissa) with a special message about one of your books. Now I'm shocked that my message will instead be one of love, support, grief, and wishes for you to be able to cope with your loss. My daughter, Kiya, also came here from Ethiopia at about age 10 (now 14). She's also adored by children in all her activities and charms everyone she meets. She's the light of our life. I can't imagine how I would bear it if she were to die as young as your dear Sol has. I'm confident that, with all the love and teaching you and your family share with others, you'll receive the support and care you need and deserve at this deeply challenging time. We'll spend some special moments over the next days and weeks reflecting on your family and on the gifts Sol brought to the world. With love and hugs, Kea, Kiya, and Kenn.
    Shannon Roosma-GoldsteinOct 13 2014 10:15 am
    I am so very sorry for your loss. As an adoptive mother of a young daughter from Ethiopia, the stories of your family both resonated with and uplifted me. Wishing your entire family peace and extraordinary comfort during this difficult time.
    Abigail LeibowitzOct 13 2014 09:22 am
    So sorry to hear of your son's untimely passing. As an adoptive parent of a daughter from Ethiopia, and a son from Korea, my heart breaks for your pain and loss. I have no words that will take away your pain but we are sending love your way at this difficult time.
    Jean WrightOct 13 2014 09:11 am
    As a fellow adoptive family of an Ethiopian child here in the Atlanta area, I have followed your family from afar thru your books and philanthropy. There are simply no words, but I am praying God will comfort and keep your family close during this time.
    Mollie and Dody ArrendaleOct 13 2014 08:30 am
    We are so so sorry. Sol was always so sweet and fun to be around. Your family is in our prayers and thoughts.
    Dr. C. JacksonOct 13 2014 08:17 am
    My prayers and condolences goes out to the family. Sol was definitely a trooper who had so much energy and was well liked by all that came into contact with him. One thing I remember most about his was his smile whenever I saw him. He also smile and spoke to me. He will be missed.
    Sarah HonseOct 12 2014 11:39 pm
    Melissa and Don, If you are reading this, I would like you to know what a tremendous impact your son had on many lives. I teach a soccer camp for abused children and Sol stopped by many times. The children adored him and looked up to him. As I shared the depressing news of Sol's passing, they asked if they could make cards for Sol. They have also made flowers to put at his resting place. If you allow, we would like to come drop them off and offer our condolences and grieve alongside you. Sarah.
    Rachel & Sandy WallackOct 12 2014 11:01 pm
    Thinking of you and your family with sincere care, admiration and respect. Your family's story is one of love, strength and community. May that support you during this time of sorrow -- and may Sol's life and memory continue to be a blessing.
    Lee SilverOct 12 2014 10:19 pm
    I am terribly sorry for your loss, and I am thinking of your family. Sol was a teammate of mine for Maccabi in San Diego, and he was a fantastic teammate and friend to all. He will be missed.
    Patricia, Dwight and Kerry King (AYSA family)Oct 12 2014 06:42 pm
    Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. We remember Sol as the young man that helped his AYSA team win games on the field, and was everyone's friend off the field. God bless your family.
    Pama Hoopes and Dan KelliherOct 12 2014 05:33 pm
    Donny and Melissa, we are so very sad to hear of Sol's death and cannot fathom the unimaginable loss. Please know that we are sending our love and thoughts and prayers to you and the kids. love, Pama and Dan
    Janet SugarmanOct 12 2014 04:12 pm
    Melissa and Don, I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your son, Sol. I know that the time he spent with you and your family was filled with love. My thoughts are with you.
    Bridget JohnsonOct 12 2014 02:59 pm
    Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Prayers from North Carolina. Helen - I love you, stay strong
    Genny RosenfeldOct 12 2014 02:18 pm
    Melissa, Don, and family: What a beautiful service to honor a beautiful spirit. I think of Sol over the years and I think of smiles, laughter, and a radiance from his gorgeous face to his toes. Thank you for bringing him into our lives and into the crew of boys at Druid Hills. As sad as today was - unimaginable for your family - to see our boys refuse to leave until long after the service ended, linked shoulder to shoulder in their black suits, embodied the brotherhood of Sol. He was so very loved.
    TeeOct 12 2014 11:08 am
    Although I didn't know Sol all that well, I remember always seeing him with a smile on his face. He will be missed.
    Jordan and Beth HoltamOct 12 2014 10:35 am
    We are Elizabeth Holtam's parents, Sara Willi's grandparents, and readers of your wonderful books. We are sincerely sorry for your loss of Fisseha. We recently lost our only grandson, age 20, to cancer, so we share your grief. We too, share your love for Ethiopia's children, and all children.
    barbara and john blandOct 12 2014 09:57 am
    we are thinking of you and are so sorry for your loss. may Sol's memory always be for a blessing.
    Vicki HosackOct 12 2014 09:51 am
    Melissa, Don and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Sol. We met Sol 8 years ago when him and Austin played soccer together and thought the world of him. Always had a smile on his face and very kind. He will be deeply missed! Craig, Vicki and Austin Hosack
    Lisa Silva CorbettOct 12 2014 09:19 am
    Love,peace, peace,blessings and gratitude for sharing your hearts and Sol with the community. For opening your home as a gathering place for sports, family, outdoor activities, fellowship and even Friday night services of which our son Dylan learned much about Judaism, Passover and that God is universal and his love has no boundaries, like Sol. We will miss his presence at our home where that gentle spirit always took the time to say hello and impart a smile on our faces. Condolences to the entire Samuel family, rest in peace Sol, we love you always.The Corbett Family
    Estée vogel sperberOct 12 2014 08:06 am
    Melissa,Donny and family, Your hearts are surely broken. I pray that the life of love and hope you gave your son Sol will somehow help you find comfort as you move through life without him. Estee
    Sharon Greene and FamilyOct 12 2014 12:30 am
    Dear Melissa, Donny, and family - we are so sorry to learn of your loss. A posting on Facebook that we could not believe we were reading. The amazing circle of love that you created and shared has provided a lesson to the rest of us about the importance of family. You were all blessed to have Sol as part of your family and he was blessed to be part of the wonderful family you all created. Deepest condolences to you on Sol's passing. Sharon (Greene) and Mike Schneider
    The Tompkins familyOct 12 2014 12:21 am
    Dearest family, My heart is breaking for you and also with you. We share such a bond through our adopted children and families. I am asking God to be close during this time. Our son Reed is from DRC and is three. Prayers for strength and comfort.
    Betsy and Jay, Cary and Emily.Oct 11 2014 10:42 pm
    Melissa, Don and the whole family: Jay and I are so sorry to hear you lost your son Sol. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May Sol’s memory always be for a blessing. Betsy Edelman and Jay Strongwater
    Terry Moreland HendersonOct 11 2014 10:29 pm
    Dear Melissa, Donny and Family--Words really cannot convey how sorry I am for you all at the loss of your son and brother. Please know that I am sending love and light to you during this devastating time. Much love, your old Oberlin friend Terry
    Natalie and Matthew BernsteinOct 11 2014 09:37 pm
    Our hearts hurt for you. We remember seeing Sol beaming when Melissa got her Doctorate of Letters. We are so very sorry for yur loss.
    Mary Lindsey LewisOct 11 2014 09:21 pm
    I am so very sorry to hear of this unspeakable loss that your family must bear. There is nothing in life any harder than losing a child. I have memories of Sol from his friendship with my nephew, Will Lewis. They were such good friends and Sol was always around whenever something important happened in Will's life. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that many in this community hold you in their thoughts and prayers.
    Vicki KruegerOct 11 2014 09:16 pm
    Sending love, support, prayers and sympathy to your family at this terribly difficult time.
    Michael and Carol FromanOct 11 2014 09:14 pm
    Words fail, words fail. May you be comforted as you once comforted us.
    Betsy and Aryeh SteinOct 11 2014 09:00 pm
    Melissa, Don, and all the family, we are thinking of you and sending best wishes for love and comfort.
    Mike Valenzuela Oct 11 2014 08:51 pm
    Sending our condolences
    Theresa EastOct 11 2014 08:46 pm
    Your family has brought so much strength and joy to others. May the community now return that by wrapping you all in love and hopes of peace. Fisseha was a blessing on this earth. May you all feel that blessing and carry him with you on your journeys.
    Mel Konner and Ann KrugerOct 11 2014 08:15 pm
    Dear Melissa and Donny, There is no one who knows your family who doesn’t love you. There is no one who has even heard of you or read about you who doesn’t admire you more than words can say. To have opened your hearts and home so wide, again and again, to have taught all your children to open their hearts to each other and the world, to have had such heroic patience with everything up to biking in the house without a helmet, to have kept your generosity and sense of humor alive, has inspired and will continue to inspire us all. We all know life is unfair, but this is just too unfair. May you take comfort in the love you and all your children gave to Sol, may his bright spirit live on in all who knew him, may you recover, however imperfectly, to knit your extraordinary family together again, and may Sol’s memory always be for a blessing.
    Deborah LipstadtOct 11 2014 08:09 pm
    i cannot fathom the depth of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Brenda FrancisOct 11 2014 06:49 pm
    Please know that even though we do not know your family personally, we are mourning the loss of your son and the Ethiopian brother of our children. I cannot begin to imagine how to integrate the loss of your child into you and your families lives. Peace be to all.
    Ali FaizOct 11 2014 05:03 pm
    Our deepest condolences for your loss. It's unimagineable to lose a family member especially one so young. Our love and thoughts are with you.
    Tammy ClemmerOct 11 2014 04:33 pm
    There are no words to express the shock and feelings so please know what is in my heart for all of you. I can only send my light, love and peace to all, especially my most beautiful childhood friend Melissa who I do so love.
    Jill LevineOct 11 2014 04:16 pm
    Melissa and family, I am stunned by the news of your loss. I so enjoyed "getting to know" Sol through your book and FB posts, and I feel like I have lost a little brother. He was a beautiful young man and was lucky to have known the love of such a wonderful family. I know words are useless at this time, and my heart hurts for you. I hope, in time, you will find comfort in your special memories of your beautiful son/brother. In the meantime, hold each other up as you grieve and remember and laugh and cry and honor his life together. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,Jill Dreizin Levine
    Elaine BlumenthalOct 11 2014 03:31 pm
    Dear Melissa and Don - My deepest sympathy on the tragic loss of your son, Sol. I know he brought great joy in his far too brief life. Love, Elaine
    Rebecca CheskesOct 11 2014 02:25 pm
    Teaching Sol, Helen, Jesse and Daniel for their B'nai Mitzvah was a unique experience. The Greene/Samuel family has always held a special place in my heart, and I will be praying for healing for all of Sol's friends and family. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
    Lana BerryOct 11 2014 01:56 pm
    Don, Melissa and family, Honestly, my heart breaks for you. Sol brought much sunshine into this world. He was an amazing soccer player and team player. May his soul rest in peace. My prayers are with you and has been for a long time and will continue. You are an amazing family and loved much. God be with you. He cares. Lana Berry
    Wendy & David klarman, eli, steven and brianOct 11 2014 01:37 pm
    We are at a loss for words. Sol was a wonderful young man, may his memory always be a blessing. May Gd grant you all strength at this difficult time.
    Bob & Nikki McGlameryOct 11 2014 01:21 pm
    Samuel Family, We are so saddened to here the news about Sol! While he was only on this earth for a short time, his "smile" will always be etched in our hearts! We consider it an esteemed privilege to have known him! May God pour out his blessings on you! Sincerely, Bob, Nikki, Ben and Matt
    Kati Ruzic GramenzOct 11 2014 11:05 am
    I am speechless, a parent should never have to go through this. Thoughts and prayers for you and your amazing family!
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