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IDA HECHT (published on September 24, 2011)

IDA HECHT 1913 - 2011 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, baba, and great-grandmother. Ida Hecht (Diddles to all who knew her) died peacefully at home, in accordance with her wishes. She was two weeks away from her 98th birthday. Diddles will be lovingly remembered by her children, Larry (Evelyn), Louise (Sheldon Claman), Peggy (Jerry Bloom); grandchildren Benji (Sara Fleisher), Jody, (Hardev Bains) and Paul Hecht; Erin, Sara (Mardy Yager) and Jeffrey Claman; Allison Bloom; great-grandchildren Jeremy, Alexa and Brendan Hecht; Zachary and Nathan Bains; Brett and Seth Yager. She was predeceased by Archie, her beloved husband of 67 years, brother Harry Medovy, sister Marion Knelman, and grandson Benny Claman. Ida Vivian Medovy was born at home on Manitoba Avenue, on September 15, 1913. Her parents Molly and Israel were immigrants from Russia. Diddles graduated with an Arts degree from Wellesley College, and after completing a business course, worked as a medical secretary in her brother Harry's pediatric practice. In 1937, she married the love of her life Archie, and devoted herself to being the perfect wife and mother. She did this job like she did everything in her life well. Her home ran like a well oiled machine. She was a very educated, cultured, stylish woman with impeccable taste. She had a keen eye for fashion, art, was an avid collector of antiques and enjoyed classical music and opera. As a mother, she excelled. Because she wanted her daughters to become Girl Guides, she was instrumental in organizing what were to become very successful Brownie, Guide and Ranger Troops at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Her children were the recipients of her love, her devotion and continuous support in all of their endeavors. They returned her love and devotedly maintained constant contact with her regardless of where they were in the world. In her later years, after Archie passed away, with diminishing strength and her vision impaired, she was determined to remain in her own home. They did their utmost to fulfill her wishes and ensured that she was never alone and was cared for superbly. She retained all of her faculties to the very end, often recalling incidents that her children had forgotten, reporting the latest weather forecast, and was always interested in the comings and goings of all of her grand-children. Her life was governed by routine and order, and there was only one way to do things, the right way . She was a perfectionist in everything she did, turning out faultless works of art from her kitchen. She loved to knit, crochet and do needlepoint. She always worked magic with her hands and in 1936 Diddles created a very special shawl which was wrapped around each of the new born Medovy children as well as her own children, grand-children and great-grandchildren to accompany them home from the hospital. That tradition will continue in her memory. Diddles had a large circle of friends. Every Monday afternoon for more than three decades, she and a group of 14 women met in each other's homes for lunch and cards. She was the last surviving member of Club 14. She and Archie shared a wonderful life together, and enjoyed the company of many friends and relatives. They travelled the world extensively and enjoyed their winter vacations in Maui and subsequently, Sun City Arizona. They shared a love that was an inspiration to us all. When they decided to leave their summer home in Gimli in 1957, and relocate to West Hawk Lake, Diddles explored the area thoroughly and chose, with her impeccable eye, the perfect location for a new summer cottage. She spent over 30 summers there, going for walks, picking berries, making jams and pies, enjoying the beauty of the lake and her surroundings. She opened her cottage to her children and then her grandchildren and their memories of those wonderful times are unique. She spent the last few years mostly at home, painstakingly pouring over the newspaper, enjoying her favourite TV shows, opera broadcasts and classical music. She appreciated the visits from her family, never complaining, and always full of gratitude for the blessings in her life. She felt privileged to have led a rich and full life, and to have a family that loved her so much. The family is eternally grateful to her caregivers for their sincere warmth and compassionate care. Some of them were with her for eight years, others for four. All were the recipients of her gratitude and they in turn treated her with great respect and fondness. Thank you to Bernadette Antoine, Irish Ravalo, Mary Panaglima, Diane Galang, and Ruth Sunico. We are also mindful of the care she received from Rowena Cruz and Jocelyn Abalang. Funeral services were held at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, on Monday, September 5, 2011. Rabbi Allan Green officiated. Interment was at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Benji Hecht, Jeremy Hecht, Hardev Bains, Paul Hecht, Jeffrey Claman, and Mardy Yager. Honourary pallbearers were Sheldon Claman, Erin Claman, Jerry Bloom, Allison Bloom, Sara Yager, and Jody Hecht. Contributions may be made to the Ida and Archie Hecht Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, or to the charity of your choice. Hers was a life well lived. She was a lucky lady but we were the luckier in knowing her love. She was a constant presence in the lives of her family and she will be sorely missed and forever lovingly remembered.

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