Klara Zadernovkaya, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many passed away on December 30, 2020 at the age of 87.
Klara , the daughter of Elizaveta and David was born in 1933 in Moscow. She was 8 years old when the German army invaded Russia.
Klara with her mother and oldest sister Sofia fled to Uzbekistan as the German army was getting closer to Moscow. They stayed in Uzbekistan until the end of the war and returned back to Moscow. Klara's father David survived the war and returned home as well.
After finishing high school Klara went to university where she studied chemistry and biology and became a teacher. In 1955 Klara met Yuriy and they married shortly.
In 1957 their daughter was born. The family spent summer vacations on the Black Sea and visited relatives in Odessa. They had a lot of friends, enjoyed going to the Symphony in Moscow, and drama theaters with their daughter.
Klara taught chemistry until she retired in 1980 to help raise her granddaughter Liza. And it was Klara who taught Liza to read at the age of 4. In 1993 Klara and Yuriy immigrated to the United States to join their daughter's family in Dallas Texas where they had to start all over again.
Klara learned English and how to drive which they realized were the very important things in their life in America. They met a lot of people and became friends with many of them in the Russian community. They celebrated holidays, birthdays and lives well lived together. Klara helped a lot of people in the community by driving them for doctor's appointments and also as a translator.
Both Klara and Yuriy were very involved in raising their grandchildren Liza and Michael, spending time with them after school and helping them with homework and other activities.
Klara and Yuriy enjoyed traveling with their daughter in the United States and especially loved trips to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Washington DC.
In 2009 Klara lost her husband of 54 years and had to adjust to a new life again. At that time she joined the Jewish Community Center where she participated in senior activities and also began attending adult day care Shalom.
Klara loved celebrating Jewish holidays with her family and going to Temple Emanu-El for holiday services.
Life well lived, Klara will be remembered as caring and generous by everyone who was lucky enough to know her. She will be greatly missed.
The family will hold a private graveside service.
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