LALL DR. REKHA Born in 1947, Rekha died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on the morning of January 25, 2013, after bravely battling recurrent bile duct cancer. Born Rekha Jaiswal to Radha and Rameshwar Prasad Jaiswal, she grew up in India and graduated from King George Medical College at the University of Lucknow in 1970. After pursuing additional training in the United Kingdom, Rekha moved with her family to Dearborn, Michigan, in 1977. She practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn for over 20 years. She was loved by her patients and colleagues, delivered many healthy and beautiful babies, and relished her role as a primary care physician. From 1987 until 1992, Rekha heroically cared for her late husband, Dr. Mohan Lall, through his battle with cancer. In the years after his death, she continued practicing medicine and raising her children, Maneesh Lall and Neha Lall, who learned from her example. Maneesh is also a physician, and Neha, like her mother, advocates for women's health and safety as a legal aid attorney. In 2004, Rekha married Subhash Mahendru, who was widowed in 2000, and welcomed his daughters, Ruchika Mahendru and Piya Gasper, into her family. In 2006, she was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She recovered fully and spent her remaining years developing her skills as an artist and travelling with her husband, with whom she shared a deep love of music. Rekha was devoted to the happiness of her children. Shortly after recovering from her illness in 2006, she celebrated the wedding of her step-daughter Piya to Jayson Gasper in 2008. Just weeks before falling ill again, she hosted the joyous marriage celebration of her daughter, Neha, to Robert Knowles. In the final weeks of her life, she blessed the engagement of her son, Maneesh, to Shalini Gandhi. In addition to her loving husband, children, and step-children, she is survived by her devoted siblings, all of whom were present at her death: Arun Jaiswal, of Nasik, India; Neera (and Randhir) Narayan, of California; and Amit (and Rita) Jaiswal, of Lucknow, India. Visitation will be held at Voran Funeral Home located at 23701 Ford Road in Dearborn on Tuesday, January 29 from 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan (www.cfsem.org) for the benefit of the Drs. Mohan and Rekha Lall Memorial Fund, an endowed charitable fund that will continue to make annual donations in their memory to benefit cancer research and maternal health initiatives.
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Rekha Aunty will always be remembered for the loving and beautiful person she was. My heart is forever bruised...miss you aunty. xoxo
Rekha was a good friend and a very kind and caring human being. In every future gathering we will miss (a lot) her charming smiling face.
To Neha and family. So very sorry that you have lost your mother and sister. You have our deepest sympathy in this difficult time. Although we never met her, Rekha seems to have been a wonderful person.
We pray her Soal@Peace Dear Neha/ Manesh Your mom joined Dad She raised 2 great children like you
Just can not believe will not see Rekha Di on my next visit to MI..cherish all the good moments I spent with her and yet to come across such a graceful personality. ..her absence has created such a vaccum...May God Rest Her Soul In Peace
We will miss you for ever,your beautiful smile and sparkling eyes. Love was your nature and caring was your life. Rest in peace Rekha Sushms and Akhilesh
I pray almighty God, may DR. Rekha's soul rest in peace in his heavenly supreme abode which is the constitutional position of ultimate happiness and give strength to her family to bear this loss.
I am so glad to meet Rekha in my life. I am grateful for her friendship. She lives on in my treasured memories of many happy and fun trips we enjoyed together.
my darling sweet rekha...my sister, my girlfriend of over 30 yrs...we laughed & cried together, and then we laughed at all the things we had cried over :) she will live in my heart forever & ever...i love U rekha
Rekha was an amazing person-so intelligent, so kind, so well read, so thoughtful, so sincere and so compassionate. My friendship with her was an enriching experience. "Rekha, I will miss you, I will miss all the interesting conversations we used to have on diverse subjects, your wisdom, your guidance....... ."I pray that God bless and keep you in HIS abode and grant strength to your family to bear this enormous loss. Farewell ... my dear friend! Death is but changing of our robes to wait In wedding garments at the Eternal’s gate.
Doctor Rekha Lall was my OB/GYN physician. She Delivered my elder daughter Back in 2000.She Was A down to earth, very knowledgable and was an expert in her field. She Will be sorely missed. May her soul rest in eternal peace.