Mom was born in Mannheim, Germany and emigrated to Argentina at the age of 9 to escape the war. The day they left Germany, they left the family grocery store lights and fireplace on and only took their personal belongings with them, leaving the rest behind. After 30 days at sea they arrived in Argentina, with no knowledge of the language or friends to help them settle in.
At the early age of 21 and after mastering 4 languages Rena obtained a job at a Swiss multinational company (SGS Control Services) where she stayed for 52 uninterrupted years, retiring at the age of 73.
She married the love of her life (my father Walter) only to lose him to heart failure when she was only 36 years old and I was 10.
As you know, we were very close. She raised me in an exemplary manner, forfeiting many things for herself just to provide for me. One of her many wonderful qualities was the desire to help and support many causes, issues and people. She offered her time selflessly and made financial contributions to many worthy causes.
If there is one legacy she left our family as a lesson, was the way she respected her fellow human being. She had only kind words for everybody, was tolerant with any one even if they thought differently than her and had an immensely positive attitude towards life. Her laughter was contagious and constant, even while battling her final illness.
There were few commitment in her life she cherished more than being part of the Soropotimists. Her respect and love for this organization and the ladies she shared time with was a constant topic of conversation at home.
It has been 3 years (2012) since she has gone to rest permanently, but her memory is very much alive in the hearts and minds of our family and the many friends she made in her whole her life.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.
February 20, 2015
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