10.28.12

Friederike Fischbach

Friederike (Fritzi) Fischbach, 91, formerly of North Branford, died  peacefully on October 26th  in the home of her caregiver with the kind help of CT Hospice, Branford. Fritzi of  Pompano Beach, Florida immigrated with her parents to the United States from Austria in 1938 after surviving the Holocaust. She married her husband, Ferdinand, in 1949. A devoted mother she is survived by her two sons, Bob and Gerry, of North Branford, their wives Bonnie Symansky and Stephanie Knoll as well as her grandson Francis of San Francisco. Fritzi successfully practiced electrolysis maintaining her own business in North Branford for twenty five years. She was known for her style, smile and storytelling. She loved music, played the piano, and was multilingual. She retired in 1985 and moved with her husband to Florida where she enjoyed the beach, her family and company of friends. The family is particularly grateful to Vickie Cohen-Canth, her caregiver, confidant and friend for the last seven years. They also want to express their gratitude to Doctors Smith, Reynolds, Parusch and Zaheer as well as the CT Hospice of Branford. All provided wonderful care and comfort.

A memorial service will be held 11:am Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the CT Hospice, Branford; 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or the Neighborhood Music School; 100 Audubon Street New Haven, CT 06510.

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16 Comments

  1. Ben & Marti Sevitch said,

    10.29.12 at 1:31 am

    Dear Bob and Gerry:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss, but we know that you provided the best possible care for your mother over these many years. She was a remarkable woman, who certainly made an impact upon your lives. May you be comforted in the memories of all those she touched and all who got to know her.

    Ben & Marti Sevitch

  2. Patricia McKeon Donohue said,

    10.29.12 at 2:22 am

    Bob and Gerry—I remember several visits to your home when we attended Hamden Hall together. My recollection was one of warmth and friendliness from your parents and,of course their wonderful sons. I know that your parents took such pride in you both. It has been a pleasure and privilege to know you and to know that you are the legacy that your mom and dad leave behind. Go gently Mrs. F for you are in good hands.

  3. Gary Moss said,

    10.29.12 at 3:17 am

    In the 80s I came to know Fritzi not as the mother of two of my friends, but as a friend herself. It was a great pleasure and we shared lots of good times with friends in common. I will always remember Fritzi with love from that time in our lives.

  4. Yanan Ju said,

    10.29.12 at 3:55 am

    Dear Bob:

    May I send my condolences to you and your family from Shanghai across the Pacific. I had never seen your mother, but your loss of her reminds me of my mother whom I lost in 2006. The peaceful ending of a mother’s life is her last best gift to her childreen. Ending is beginning.

    Ju

  5. Joan Walden said,

    10.29.12 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Bob,
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family at the loss of your mother. May fond memories sustain you and ease your sorrow.
    Joan

  6. Guy Guarino said,

    10.29.12 at 3:24 pm

    Bob,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I still remember her making sure we didn’t get into too much trouble at the many parties she let us have at your house during our HH years; truly a wonderful woman. Using her electrolysis hair removal machine on the hair on our arms still makes me laugh. I will keep you in my prayers my friend.
    Once again please convey my condolences to your family.
    Guy

  7. Jerry Korman said,

    10.29.12 at 6:11 pm

    I am Rudy & Ann Gallert’s son-in-law and was very sorry to learn of her passing. I haven’t seen her for over twenty years but remember her and your Father as very vibrant people. My wife and I used to visit them when they had the farm in Branford with the Shillers and Gallerts and Amarants. To repeat myself, I am very sorry for your loss.

  8. Glynis Fitzgerald said,

    10.29.12 at 7:38 pm

    Bob and Bonnie,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Peace be with you and yours.

    With sympathy,
    Glynis and Kevin

  9. Sue (Schiller) and Ed Chestler said,

    10.30.12 at 1:55 am

    Dear Bob and Gerry,
    So sorry to learn of Fritzi’s passing. We shall always remember her vibrant personality. She was the end of an era for all of us refugee children.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Alison Sheppard said,

    10.30.12 at 7:15 pm

    Dear Bob,

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hold dear all the fond memories.

    Alison Sheppard

  11. Evy Roth Fogarasi said,

    10.31.12 at 2:34 am

    Dear Bobby and Jerry,

    I was so sad to hear about Fritzi. It truly is the end of that whole wonderful generation. She was always one of my favorites. She had a great way with young people, and she was always so much fun and full of life. I regret I hadn’t seen her since she moved to Florida. I will always remember her tossing her had back and laughing that wonderful deep laugh of hers. I hope your memories of her keep you smiling. Billy and my cousin Diane send their condolences as well.

    Evy Roth Fogarasi

  12. HERBERT AND ILSE FISCHBACH said,

    10.31.12 at 2:11 pm

    DEAR BOBBY AND GERRY, WE ARE SINCERELY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. IT IS ALSO OUR LOSS BECAUSE WE LOVED FRITZI WITH HER SUNNY NATURE HER
    READY SMILE AND WE ALLWAYS ENJOYED HER COMPANY. YOU WERE HER
    WONDERFUL SONS -SHE DOTED ON YOU! OUR LOVE TO BOTH OF YOU AND
    TO BONNY AND STEFANY HERBERT AND ILSE

  13. Anna Schildroth said,

    10.31.12 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Gerry,
    I am sending you condolences from the Humane Commission and the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter. Although we never knew your mother it seems from what people have said about her that she lives on in you.

    All the best from all of us,
    Anna

  14. Harvey Jassem said,

    11.01.12 at 4:58 pm

    The most outstanding memory I cherish of Fritzi, besides the right way she brought up her sons, is the way she welcomed me and made me feel that she was really happy to see me. She was that way with everyone I saw her interact with. How does someone make everyone feel that they’re special and welcome? I don’t know. I should have asked her. But I believe it came from her heart. I think she really valued and enjoyed her interactions with people and was good enough to share that joy.

  15. Robi Tatkin said,

    11.02.12 at 2:45 am

    Gerry, Stephanie, Bob, Bonnie, Vicky and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Fritzi. She knew she was loved and you all took wonderful care of her. My thoughts are with you.

  16. John & Heidi Miller said,

    11.02.12 at 11:36 am

    Bob & Gerry,

    We were very sorry to hear of your moms passing. Growing up with you guys, I was lucky to be around Fritizi a great deal. Her positive attitude and good nature were contagious. She would often tell a funny story about herself; next would come her wonderful laugh. She loved you both very much and was very proud of you. Be well.