Klavdiya Leyfer

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Klavdiya Leyfer

On May 14, 2013 at age 82 my mom Klavdiya Leyfer passed in San Francisco. Her life is a struggle with rare breaks. But she did not let a regret overcome her. Her kindness is her compass. She gives all of herself to her family and made my childhood so unforgettably perfect. She is always there for me when I need her. A normal Jewish mom in every sense of it. Typical and therefore unique.

I want all people to know of you. And I will not think of you in past tense. You are my mom. You are quiet and modest, undemanding and selfless, always understanding, emotionally composed, supportive, with honest and kind advice.

I love you very much mom. Miss not seeing you. I miss your voice. Miss not calling you to say, "Hi, mom." But I am not overwhelmed by pain from knowing that you will not call me tonight. After all I have a very good teacher of resilience. I cannot thank you enough for making me who I am with your Love. I am a good father because of you. You made me the most important part of your life and now my daughter is the most important part of mine. And all I know is that you did not leave us. You are in our hearts and minds and in everything that we will do. And also... you are some place very peaceful.

Mom, we love you completely.

Your son Yakov and your granddaughter Mikki.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 17, 2013