KLOTZ, Jenny Volpe
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Jenny Volpe Klotz died peacefully on April 23, 2012. Predeceased by her darling husband Dr. Philip Klotz, and brother Bob Volpe and sister Mildred Kirzner, Jenny leaves behind her four devoted sons, Laurie (wife Ursula and children Alex and Betsy), Bob (wife Lyn and children Raychel and Sasha), Jim (wife Bonnie and children Andrew and Daniel), and John (wife Karen and children Jeremy and Jori), and 16 nieces and nephews. Jenny was born in Toronto and was a graduate of Harbord Collegiate, the University of Toronto, and OISE. She was incredibly proud of her husband and sons' many achievements, displaying on the family's coffee table their various books and published articles, putting on top of the pile those written by the son most likely to visit next. Devoted to her own family, she went back to university to obtain her Masters in Social Work and specialized in marriage counselling. Jenny made a difference in the lives of many people, offering her sage counsel, insight, and compassion when it was most needed. She was a leader in her field, becoming president of the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in the 80's. As President of the Canadian Opera Women's Committee in the late sixties, Jenny worked tirelessly to support the Company's endeavours, hosting many a grand event. A high point was dancing with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the Opera Ball, their photo gracing the front page of the Toronto Star the next morning. Jenny had a keen intellect and a powerful personality, with a wide range of passions and interests. For many years she was the matriarch of Troutling Bay, the family camp compound near Havelock, Ontario, where she cleared brush to build a tennis court and hosted many gatherings of family and friends. She skied at Alpine Ski Club until her mid 70's attired in an elegant ski outfit by Pierre Cardin; collected vintage handbags; and stitched the most extraordinary fabric art creations. She was married for more than 60 years to her beloved husband Phil. After his death in 2009 Jenny chose to live quietly, treasuring visits with family and friends, keeping a sharp eye on world events, and celebrating the many adventures and accomplishments of her sons and their children. Like her mother Esther Volpe, who was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in consumer affairs, and her brother Robert Volpe who was awarded the Order for his research in thyroid disease, Jenny Klotz was a remarkably strong, determined, independent, gracious woman, for whom family was everything. Matriarch, therapist, artist, sportswoman, mother, and friend,Jenny led a life filled with grace, generosity, and love. At Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St. (south of Eglinton) for service on Wednesday, April 25th at 12:30pm. Interment at Holy Blossom Memorial Park. Shiva until Sunday evening at 11 Millbank Avenue. Memorial donations may be made to Jenny Volpe Klotz Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M6A 2C3, 416-780- 0324, www.benjamins.ca
Published in National Post on Apr. 25, 2012