Kiejdan, Molly, - 96, of Linwood, and Aventura, Florida, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family. Molly, a Holocaust survivor, was raised in Vilno, Poland. She was the eldest of five children. Her siblings and parents, Reuven and Shayna Avidon, were murdered in the Holocaust. Molly survived the horrors of the Holocaust, the details of which are contained in her recently published memoir entitled, "From the Vilna Ghetto to the United States and Liberty." Molly and her beloved husband, Pinchus Kiejdan, were among the few survivors of the Vilna Ghetto. Molly, her husband and young son, Michael, emigrated to New York. aboard the SS Marine Jumper on February 16, 1949. The early years in the U.S. were challenging but they were able to thrive in the land of opportunity and freedom. Their future success was based upon hard work and accumulated knowledge. Pinchus Kiejdan became a successful builder and land developer. Molly and Pinchus gave back to society by becoming pillars of the community, including significant contributions and efforts for various educational end religious entities. Molly had a zest for life who had many interests. She was fluent and versatile in several languages. She was an outstanding homemaker, great cook, excellent sense of humor, inviting hostess and wonderful matriarch to the Kiejdan family. Molly's family members and friends are extremely proud of her accomplishments and the manner in which she achieved her goals. She leaves a legacy of strength, both physical and emotional. Molly is predeceased by her beloved huband, Pinchus Kiejdan. Molly will be deeply missed by children; Michael (Jodi) Kiejdan, Edith (Irving) Jacoby, Ralph Kiejdan, Robert (Fern) Kiejdan, Alex (Gail) Kiejdan and Renee (Stephen Rush) Kiejdan Rush; thirteen grandchildren; Sheri Kiejdan, Rachael (Ed) Meserole, Max (Elianne) Kiejdan, Sid (Stav) Jacoby, Stacie (Matt) Elias, Richard Jacoby, Adam Kiejdan, Danielle Kiejdan, Lauren Berman, Shayna (John) Dean, Tybee (Shachar) Sinvani, Paul Kiejdan and Noah Kiejdan. Eleven great-grandchildren and her companion and friend, Barbara Wawiorko. It is a Jewish proverb that "The only true dead are those who have been forgotten." Molly lives on. Graveside services will take place at Rodef Sholom Cemetery on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate, N.J. Arrangements entrusted to to Roth-Goldstein's Memorial Chapel, Atlantic City, N.J. www.Rothgoldsteins.com
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Published by The Press of Atlantic City on Jul. 14, 2021.