EVA S. BENDA
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.