BLACHUT, Fanni (née Schawalder)
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May 26, 1925 - November 30, 2012
Fanni Blachut passed away peacefully at the age of 87 after a full and happy life. She was above all dignified, and elegant… a beautiful lady who left an indelible impression on anyone she met. Predeceased by husband, Teodor, mother Fanny, father Ernst, sister, Claire, and brother, Willi. Survived by her sons, Janek, Daniel (Lise) and Piotr (Mary) and grandchildren Jessica, Lisa, Marek, Eric, Emanuèle, Stefanie, Alexandra, Christopher, Adrian, Rebecca and great grandson, Carter. Fanni was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland where she met her future husband, a Polish scientist who was interned there during the war. She and "Theddi" immigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa where she raised her sons, managed the home, and became active in the Polish, Swiss and NRC scientific communities. Although she had a very successful career in real estate, her legacy is one of a remarkable homemaker and manager. Fanni was a consummate hostess, always gracious and welcoming, capable of whipping up a meal for several guests on less than an hour's notice and able to converse fluently in any one of several languages including German, French, English, Polish and Spanish. Fanni loved her cottage in Kazuby, Ontario where the family spent many a happy summer and her condo in Naples, Florida where she escaped Canadian winters. In later years Fanni moved to Vancouver, sadly leaving behind many friends in Ottawa, but able to enjoy more of her family and Whistler. The family would like to thank Valeriana Peglar for her unwavering devotion and care. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 8, 2012