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Hanka RESSELS
Père : Ressels
Décès le : 2006-08-20
Parution : 2006-08-22
Conjoint(e) : Henry KAZIMIRSKI
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY ANN KAZIMIRSKI (Hanka Ressels) 1922 - 2006 After a courageous struggle, surrounded by her loving family, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2006. Ann was an exceptional woman whose energy and enthusiasm for life touched all who knew her. Born in Poland on January 7, 1922, Ann married Dr. Henry Kazimirski just before World War II. After surviving the Holocaust, they both moved to Ste. Agathe, Quebec in 1949, where they raised three children, Mark, Seymour and Heidi (Berger). During those years, Ann became a prominent figure in the small Jewish Ste. Agathe community, instilling Jewish values, holidays and traditions into her children, as well as her neighbors. When Henry died in 1976, Ann moved to Montreal to start a new phase in her life. When she was fifty-five, she went back to school and in 1990, got her teaching degree from Concordia University, with a special degree in TESL, and taught English and French to students from Israel, Russia and Poland. She also taught children at the Talmud Torah schools for 20 years. Her next step into education came when she wrote a book about her experience in the Holocaust, called "Witness to Horror", chronicling a time during which she lost 63 members of her family, including her mother, father and brother. Traveling around the province, as well as to places such as Hawaii, she dedicated her life to lecture in French and English about the Holocaust. In 1997, she returned to Poland with hundreds of students on the March of the Living, visiting Israel as well. Ann's love of people and music inspired her in 1991 to create a senior citizens choir at the Cummings Jewish Centre. Through this choir, Ann touched hundreds of people, not only the 65 members of her choir who range in age from 75 to 95, but also the people in the dozens of organizations where the choir performed - in hospitals, senior residences and outdoor parks. But Ann's love of music did not only benefit seniors, she also taught piano to 17 private students weekly. Up until the last few weeks of her life, Ann, with amazing strength and clarity, continued to teach piano and lead the choir, and will be forever loved and remembered by her students and choir members as a grandmother and energetic teacher. For Ann, her greatest achievement was her determination to turn the horrors she experienced as a youngster into something positive. She believed speaking and learning about the Holocaust, was a necessary tool in society's awareness and education. Aside from her children and grandchildren, Ann's greatest legacy is the lessons she brought to students all over the world about tolerance and the necessity to respect others regardless of race, colour and religion. Ann lived her life in dignity and will be remembered for her strength, her perseverance and her love for life. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W. on Tuesday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Burial at the House of Israel Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, Sources Blvd., D.D.O. Shiva at 5790 Rembrandt Ave. #702, C.S.L. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, (514) 345-2605, or to the "Ann Kazimirski Fund" c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, (514) 340-8251. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 8/22/2006

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