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BLITT, Freda

September 15, 1928 – Kristanopol, Poland
June 28, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness the family of Freda Blitt announces her passing.

Freda is lovingly remembered, and will be forever missed by her family – son Morris (Geela) Blitt; daughter Ann Zinman (Ted); grandchildren, Judd (Shira Meyers) Blitt, Jonathan Blitt, Amy (Jeff) Toppel, Mark (Jana) Zinman, Michelle Zinman Deutsch (John Doran); as well as her eight beloved great-grandchildren, Carter, Tanner and Ryder Toppel, Raleigh and Hudson Deutsch, Mason and Ella Zinman, and Ayla Meyers Blitt.

Freda was born in Kristanopol, Poland, and as a teenager lived through, and survived incredibly difficult circumstances during World War II, side by side with her sister Bella; losing all other family members to the horrors of the Holocaust. It was in a displaced person’s camp in Germany following the end of the war she met and married her beloved husband Howard Blitt (who predeceased her November 8, 2008). At age 20 she and husband Howard immigrated to Canada. Both arrived speaking no English, and proceeded to have a pair of twins (Morris and Ann) in 1950, and spent over five decades together building a successful and happy life together, always devoted to their ever-growing family.

Freda’s happiest times were visiting with family and generally being with people. She was a social person and social situations with dear friends always gave her deep joy. As soon as someone met her, they loved her. Freda was diminutive in stature, yet a true giant in grit, toughness and will to live. In the early 1960’s, on an old paper bag, she hand drew, to scale, plans for a house, which she proceeded to have built as her dream of our family home. This was the home we all grew up in, and always returned to, and where she was when she left us on Saturday night, June 28, at 10:49 p.m.

In 1985, while vacationing in Palm Springs, CA, Freda suffered a massive coronary. At the time we were told Freda would not leave the hospital. But, Freda was so tough she lived long enough to hear that same comment from doctors another half a dozen times, at least. Medical conditions continued to arise, first with the development of macular degeneration, kidney problems, and that was followed with the onset of Dementia. As she would say, … “I get everything that comes along”. She did, but through her incredible strength and determination she beat all the odds for much longer periods than any medical teams could have guessed. Even when she could remember little else, she remembered her family.

The family wishes to deeply thank her long time and incredibly devoted live-in caregiver, Analyn Valencia, and her weekend caregiver, Lisa. We must also thank her long term physicians Dr. Keith Laatsch and Dr. James Cohen, who offered superb medical and personal care to Howard and Freda for close to thirty years. Special thanks to Michelle Kornfield, who stepped in to provide invaluable assistance; providing care in Freda’s home, and to offer much needed medical and emotional support to our family during the difficult transition in the last week.

Funeral Services will be held at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue, (1325 Glenmore Trail S.W.) on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at the Beth Tzedec Memorial Park (122 Shalom Way S.W). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, Telephone: 403-244-4717.

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  1. Raymond Boudreaux :

    With deep regret I am sending my condolence to the family of Freda Blitt. I did not know her in person, but I knew her through her son Morris (Kuki). He loved her a bunch I know because he has said so.

    We all know that some day we will have to surrender and go to better places. My time will come hoping it will be later.

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  2. Judy Engelman :

    Though we never had the honor of meeting Freda, we do know her through her wonderful daughter Ann and her family. Ann and Ted have worked tirelessly to help Jewish people all over the world and have continued the obvious legacy of strength and grit that Freda embodied. We bless her for surviving the egregious Holocaust and for having such a wonderful family through which she will live on and on…dor l’dor. L’Shalom with love, Judy Engelman and Harry Rubinoff

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