In Memory of




Obituary for Laura Mintz (Schmer)

It is with enormous sadness that we mourn the loss of Laura Mintz who passed away on February 11, 2021 at the age of 86. Born August 29, 1934 to Ida and Hyman Schmer, Laura grew up in the Bronx, New York with her loving parents and sister, Hilda. Laura graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Masters in Research and Applied Experimental Psychology from the City University of New York at Queens College. Through her leadership, Laura made enormous contributions in research and education, always inspiring those around her. She was truly both a lifelong learner and teacher. After retiring, Laura moved from New York to Florida.

Laura is survived by her daughter, Hayley Sonneborn, son-in-law Todd, grandson, Bennett, granddaughter, Emily, sister, Hilda Kalish and several nephews, nieces, cousins and a community of friends who were like family.

Laura carved out a life full of generosity and laughter, always focused on connection and adventure. She sought meaningful experiences as a volunteer with the Miami City Ballet, the Miami Film Festival and Shake-a-Leg, an organization that teaches physically and economically disadvantaged kids how to sail. She adored her family and loved sharing her passion for the arts and travel, always teaching through doing and seeing. She especially loved taking road trips and cruises with family, seeking adventure in each day. She cherished her role as Nana and loved visiting with her grandchildren.

Laura’s warmth, generosity and abundant laughter elevated those around her. She filled the space around her with her beloved family and special friends from different facets of her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service and shiva will be held virtually on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Please join us in memory of Laura via the link below:

Donations may be made to the Boston University School of Medicine: Amyloidosis Center: