It is revealed that Mrs. Ronit Ramon, widow of Israel’s first and only astronaut Ilan Ramon who died in the Columbia spacecraft explosion, and mother of air force pilot Assaf Ramon, who was killed in a F-16 crash, wishes to be cremated to spare her children another levaya.
According to a Ynet report, Ramon, who died of cancer on Monday at the age of 54, left the instructions in her will, stating she wished to spare the children the difficulty of another funeral after the loss of their father z”l and their brother z”l. Mrs. Ramon is survived by three children and her parents.
Her casket will lie in state in the Peres Peace Center on Wednesday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM to permit persons to pay their last respects to her and the family members. The service will be held at 4:00PM with the participation of family members and friends.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)