Natalie Mandel Aron

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Natalie Mandel Aron, 90, passed away on June 2, 2022.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Anna and Isaac Mandel.

Natalie moved to Norfolk at age 14 and became a true Southern Belle. Following graduation from Maury High School, she attended the University of Chicago, the Sorbonne and graduated from the University of Richmond. Natalie earned a master’s degree from Hampton University. She retired from Old Dominion University as a French professor. She visited museums all over the world and volunteered as a docent at the Chrysler Museum for many years.

We will miss her famous chicken soup and exquisite formal table settings. She was an accomplished pianist who wrote her own music. Natalie always left the house impeccably dressed with matching shoes and handbags.

Natalie doted on her grandchildren. Each grandchild was so excited to turn eight and travel with Nanny to Washington, DC. She was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She followed their accomplishments closely and was always happy to introduce them to her friends and colleagues.

In addition to her parents, Natalie was predeceased by her husband, Fred Aron, and sister, Marcella Levi.

She is survived by her daughters, Connie Meyer and husband Bruce, and Laurie Slone and husband Jordan. Natalie adored her grandchildren: Miri and Jacob Slone; Dee and Aron Slone; Bracha and Jesse Slone and Anna and Eitan Bloom. She was fortunate to be Nanny to 10 great-grandchildren. Aunt Natalie is also survived by a special niece who was more like a daughter, Jill Smith.

Please consider donations to Toras Chaim School, 3110 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth, Va., 23703. Please visit to leave a message for the family.