Dolores Bartel

by | May 27, 2020 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—We are saddened by the passing of Dolores Bartel on May 7, 2020, after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Dolores was born in Miami Beach, Fla., the daughter of George and Alice Norris. She graduated from Miami Beach High and attended the University of Florida.

Dolores was well known as a “professional volunteer,” especially for people with special needs. She was a tireless advocate and counselor for special needs children, young adults and their families. Dolores was a leader in the community and served on the boards of a large number of organizations, including: Jewish Family Service, Beth Sholom Home, the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Association for Hearing Impaired Children, and the Virginia Beach Community Services Board. Along with her husband, Dr. Alan Bartel, she was a co-founder of the International Network for Persons with Autism and Hearing and Visual Impairment, which was one of the original databases and resources to help those dealing with autism, as well as, deafness and/or blindness. Even in her later years when she was robbed of her vivacious personality and enthusiasm for life, she was always committed to her family and community.

Dolores was a loving, friendly and social person, always lending a helping hand and knowing no enemies. She was an avid snow skier for over 30 years, often venturing “out West” three or four times a winter in search of powder. Dolores could often be found fast walking the feeder road at the North End of Virginia Beach with her close friends. Her memory will be cherished by her family, whom she spent a lifetime loving. Little things, such as the trademark Spearmint Ice Breakers she always carried around, will serve as reminders of her presence every day.

She leaves behind her husband Alan, sons Gary and Craig, three wonderful and loving granddaughters: Haley, Carly and Jody, and her “honorary” daughter and good friend, Shannon.

Graveside services were held via Zoom. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Family Service at