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CLARA (CHAIKE) LUNGEN (published on December 22, 2007)



CLARA (CHAIKE) LUNGEN (nee WERNER ) June 6, 1921 December 10, 2007 It is with deep sadness and heartache that we announce the passing of Clara (Chaike) Lungen, who died suddenly on December 10, 2007 at the age of 86 years. Clara is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Ben; her son Paul and wife Sharron, her daughter Adeena and partner Murray; her grandsons Alex, Matthew, and Geoffrey; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Clara was born in Celisch/Ludwipol, Poland, the youngest of four children. After the immigration of her three eldest siblings to Canada and Israel, Clara came to Canada with her parents in 1939 just as war broke out in Europe. Clara was a devoted daughter to her parents and, after working in a garment factory for several years, helped them run a kosher butcher shop on Selkirk Avenue. In 1948 Clara married Ben (Bencze) who had survived the Holocaust in Europe. Their first years of marriage were spent working side by side making a living and laying a foundation for home and family. For Clara, family was the central and most important part of her life. She was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She took enormous pride in all the accomplishments of her family and was unwavering in her support of their pursuits. She created a loving, safe home and enveloped her entire family with kindness and warmth. She always put the needs of others before her own and her heart and home were open and welcoming to all. A wonderful cook and baker, Clara's natural milieu was the kitchen where she enjoyed preparing family and holiday dinners. She derived immense satisfaction from nurturing others through food and hospitality. In her own quiet and reserved way Clara had an indomitable inner strength and fortitude. Nothing was ever too difficult for her and she worked hard her entire life. Well into her 80s she still possessed an unflagging energy and spirit, not curtailing any of her daily activities. Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend Clara touched many lives over her lifetime. She lived her life with honesty and integrity. To all she was known as a thoughtful, caring woman with a big heart and a generous spirit. She supported many causes and contributed to numerous organizations, locally and abroad. She was an ardent Zionist and extremely proud of her Jewish history and heritage. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and never hesitated to take on extra work. She modeled altruism and compassion in all aspects of her life. Clara's acceptance of others, her quiet dignity and grace were intrinsic to her nature and we are all better for having had her in our lives. Her legacy of love and honour will inspire those of us who knew her and her gentle and selfless spirit will remain forever in our hearts.


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