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1924 - 2017
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EVA S. BENDA of Chevy Chase, MD, beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully at her home on January 3, 2017 in her daughter's arms. Predeceased by her husband, Harry J. Benda, 1971 and her son, Peter Benda, 2012. Eva is survived by her daughter, Susan Benda and grandson, Elias Benda; daughter-in-law, Helena Jareb and grandsons, Aaron and Jacob Benda. Eva Benda was born in Berlin, Germany on May 13, 1924 to a Czech mother and German father and moved to Prague as a child. Eva eloquently wrote the story of her experience as a Holocaust survivor in AND LIFE IS CHANGED FOREVER. She married Harry J. Benda, another Czech Jew, in Wellington, New Zealand in 1950, where she had fled with her mother after the Communist came to power. In 1952 they came to the United States: Eva taught Czech at Cornell University while her husband completed his PhD and after a short stint in Rochester, NY, where their children were born, in 1959 the family moved to the suburbs of New Haven when Harry became a professor at Yale University. Eva moved to Maryland in 2010 to be near her children and grandchildren. Services will be held at Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave., NW on Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11 AM with interment following at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME, 202-541-1001
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 4, 2017.
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Thank you for remembering to contact me,especially with that portion of Eva's book. While we lived together she was taking writing classes at Albertus and I read many poems and essays she wrote. She was gifted writer. I, so pleased to have a lasting memory of her. Glad you spent so much time with her. She was so proud of you and Elias!
Allene Kelly
January 30, 2017
Eva and I were first colleagues and quickly became close intimate friends lasting almostI will miss having a friend 40 years. Although our professional lives divided our shared passion, we remained in touch as the bond was permanent. I will miss this friend with whom I could share most antything. I'm sure I'm not alone in my feelings and offer my deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Florene Robicheau
January 14, 2017
Peace and comfort to you. Fond memories of your mom back in the day.
Marylou Finch
January 8, 2017
EVA BEDA FAMIL our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. May you fine comfort and hope knowing that others share your loss. Jeremiah 29:11,12.
January 6, 2017
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad time
Psalms 29:11
January 6, 2017
Dear Susan: It was an honor getting to know Eva and you. Sincere condolences. So glad you were there on Tuesday.
Linda Matuskey
January 6, 2017
One of my earliest memories is of Eva Benda - her amazing accent was so unusual to my 4 year old ears that she made quite an impression on me! Her singsong syntax was a delight to me throughout my life, as were her perspectives on herself and the world. She invited me to consider things far beyond myself, for which I am ever grateful. Susan and Elias, I send my love to you.
Tibby Chisolm
January 5, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Benda family. May God give you peace and comfort to cope with the loss of your loved one. Soon He will fulfill His promise to remember her with a wonderful future.
January 5, 2017
Dear Susan- I am keeping you close in heart and prayer for the loss of your beloved Mother.
Magda Winston
January 5, 2017
To the Benda family and friends, keep in mind the scriptural hope of everlasting life will sustain you all in your time of sadness John 17:3.
January 4, 2017
Dear Susie, I remember her well. I wish you every comfort.
Paul Heimann
January 4, 2017
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January 4, 2017
It was an honor and a pleasure to know Eva and to be her friend for a short while. May she rest in peace with her beloved Husband and Son. My condolences to her Family.
Martha Juvelis
Bethesda, MD
Martha Juvelis
January 4, 2017
Gilda Carbonaro
January 4, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love.
Betsy Chairman
January 4, 2017
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