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Beate ANHALT Obituary
BEATE ANHALT Fondly known to her friends and family as Bea, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 16, 2019; just one month shy of her 95th birthday. Bea was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1924. In 1939 at the age of 15, fleeing Nazi Germany, she and her family (parents Emme and Paul and brother Herbert) immigrated to Canada where they settled in Montreal. Bea's scientific mind was nurtured during her years at McGill University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to work as a biochemist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She was the loving and devoted wife to Istvan Anhalt for over sixty years until his death in 2012. Their years were enriched with travel, friends, family, art and music. In 1971 a move to Kingston started a new chapter in their life. She embraced her new community and became a treasured and loyal friend to many. Bea's warmth and generosity of spirit was dearly loved by so many. She was happiest supporting others and was a gracious host to all who came through the doors of their home. Her famous apple cake was always on offer and enjoyed by many over the years. She loved doing her daily crossword puzzles, tending to her garden and welcoming friends into their home. Her quiet dedication to helping others was evident in her 25 years of volunteer work for Kingston General Hospital. In her later years after Istvan's death she spent winters in Palm Beach Florida with her daughters. There she happily went on walks, read books and did her crossword puzzles. These are memories forever to be thankful for; time spent being together and sharing life's simple pleasures. Bea is the cherished mother of Carol (Branch) and Helen Jennifer (Rocco) and was a strong presence throughout their lives; supporting all endeavors with encouragement and wise counsel. Bea was also a wonderful grandmother to Walker (Joy), Astrid (Rachel), and Claudia as well as a great- grandmother to Vienna. Her ageless outlook on life created a strong bond between them all that never waivered. Their deep love for her is a testament to their special, close relationship with this remarkable, blessed woman. A private burial will take place with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2019
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