Carol Ginsburg Dornfest

April 2, 1945August 22, 2020

Carol Ginsburg (Pood) Dornfest age 75 born Ginsburg in Johannesburg South Africa 9 year resident of Loveland Co died peacefully, after a 3 year illness. Her loving husband Frank Dornfest and sons Rael and Robin were in attendance.

Preceded in death by her father Lionel L Ginsburg born in Amesfoort, mother Miriam (Mickey) Ginsburg born Getz of Boksburg South Africa and sister Janine Shein born Ginsburg.

She had a passionate love of her 4 grandchildren, Sam, Mira, Ella and Matthew, sons, and daughter-in-laws Asha and Eileen. She was an accomplished artist in multiple media.....

See below full tribute by her husband Frank

On the night of August 22nd, 2020,I lost my darling “Pood,” Carol Ginsburg Dornfest - the love of my life, my wife of 55 years and girlfriend and closest friend of 63 years. My children Rael, Robin and daughters in law and heart, Asha and Eileen, grandchildren Sam, Mira, Ella and Matthew grieve the loss of their precious Mom and Gramma, as does her sister Elaine Trope of Perth Australia and best friends Judy (Joodles) Markoff of Healdsberg Ca and Nicole (Nicky)Zweig of Dallas Tx.

Those who knew her well knew she was the family moral compass, who, always insisting that we not only “did the right thing, but also did the thing right and especially did it SAFELY.”

Materially, she loved jewelry, Michelangelo and leather handbags and was an excessively modest and talented artist with a portfolio of more than 250 sold watercolor paintings a few oils and was a beautiful calligrapher. As life dealt it’s health burdens she adapted and migrated her art around each next health challenge to become an excellent needlepoint artist and seamstress at one time, making all her own clothes and was an excellent semi-precious jewelry maker until arthritis took its toll when she moved around it to become a Pysanky egg dying artist, selling large numbers of eggs from hummingbird through hen, duck, emu and finally her signature ostrich eggs.

As a previous ballerina and ballet teacher she forged strong relationships with her 2, sometimes a little long-suffering, grand daughters enthusiastically seeing them through the rigors of that art. Her only regret in art was that she could not contribute to the world of singing, as she would laughingly joke. “My granddaughter Mira asked only one favor ever of me.” She said, “Gramma please don’t sing, your voice is a little broken!”

Despite her modesty about her art and significant shyness, she had been an accomplished Fund Raiser for her religious communities and later a compelling community organizer once single handedly organizing a 4th of July community picnic to gather signatures to pressure the local City Council to move a very large old monument in a small Pennsylvania town, to create a safe egress for children leaving their school busses on a state highway - learning later that the geology reference books would have to be altered as the monument was the only marker for folks visiting to see a unique rock structure on the hill over-looking the town.

Most recently she participated in her retirement community as a champion of providing local nursing home care in the elder-empowering avant garde Green House and Eden Alternative nursing home models serving for 5 years as a Sage to one of the Green House Homes.

I thank you for myself and us in our irrecoverable loss and respect for a wonderful loving,strong, yet modest loving Mom, Gramma and fabulous life partner.


Carol Ginsburg Dornfest

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