NASHUA - Klara (Awinowick-Schpirt) Sklar, 86, of Nashua, died at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, following a sudden illness.
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She was born on Jan. 24, 1927, in eastern Poland, a daughter of the late Moishe and Miriam Awinowick-Schpirt. Displaced by World War II, she spent her teenage years in Siberia before being repatriated to Germany.
Mrs. Sklar was the widow of David Sklar, who died July 27, 2001. She met her husband, David, as a displaced person in Germany and emigrated with him to New York City in 1947. Shortly after, they moved to Portland, Maine. They moved to Nashua in 1950. Mrs. Sklar was very active with her husband's business, Nashua Wood Products, Inc., which they started in 1954. The company moved from Spring Street to Lock Street and finally to Merrimack.
Even though her early education was interrupted by the war, she completed her doctoral studies from Harvard University in Slavic literature and linguistics. Mrs. Sklar taught Russian literature and language at Rivier College and at Sanders Associates. She was fluent in five languages and read extensively throughout her life and lived surrounded by books. She also loved classical music and was an avid concert attendee. Mrs. Sklar also loved to travel and traveled the world with her husband. She counted as friends, many contemporary classical artists and composers.
She was active in many organizations, including a lifelong member of Temple Beth Abraham and Hadassah. She was an active board member of Rivier College, a member of the Nashua Country Club and the Harvard Club.
As a native Pole, she was an active board member of the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies in Cambridge, Mass. She would proudly expound on Polish and Jewish history and culture. She loved New Hampshire as it reminded her of her beloved Poland. As a refugee of World War II, she was most proud to be an American.
Survivors include three sons and three daughters-in-law, Joseph and Nancy Sklar of Longmeadow, Mass., Daniel and Debbie-Ann Sklar of Bedford and Mitchel and Katie Sklar of Providence, R.I.; six grandchildren and their spouses, Alex and Patricia Sklar, Elizabeth Sklar, Jennifer Sklar, Adam and Lindsay Sklar and Stephanie Sklar and her fiancé, Gary Rapp, and Davida Sklar; and her nephew, Adi Armoni.
services: A funeral service in her honor will be held at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua, on Monday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Interment prayers and burial will follow in Beth Abraham Cemetery, Nashua.
The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com.
Davis Funeral Home
1 Lock Street
Nashua, NH 03064-2238
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 4, 2013