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Gertrude "Gert" Zavatsky 92, Elkhart, passed away peacefully Sunday evening at Eastlake Nursing Home, Elkhart.
Gert was born March 29, 1925, in South Bend, to the late Ben and Anna (Hoffman) Kornfeld.
On Jan. 17, 1943, she married the love of her life, Harry Zavatsky, who passed away Jan. 6, 2016.
Gert graduated from South Bend Central High School. She was a retired lecturer for Weight Watchers in Elkhart/St. Joe counties for 35 years.
She was a member of the former Temple Israel, Elkhart, and was a lifelong member of Sinai Synagogue, South Bend, where she taught Sunday school for many years and she was a member of the Sinai Sisterhood.
Gert enjoyed life to the fullest! Not only was she a great speaker, but Gert was also a great cook! With her strong Jewish background, Gert kept kosher and made all the best traditional foods. Everyone loved Gert's cooking. She was a caring person and the thousands of people Gert lectured to all cherished her.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving son, Allen (Donna) Zavatsky; daughter-in-law, Heidi (the late Larry) Zavatsky; and three wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer, Portland, Oregon, Rob (Susanne), Cashiers, North Carolina, and Jeff, Middlebury; and sister, Mitzi Monovitz, Omaha, Nebraska.
Gert was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Zavatsky; son, Larry Zavatsky; sister, Frances Schneider; and two brothers, Meyer Kornfeld and Edward Kornfeld.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel, Calhoun Street, south of West Jefferson Blvd., Mishawaka, with Rabbi Michael Friedland officiating. Burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sinai Synagogue, 1102 E. LaSalle Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.
To send condolences, visit www.McGannHay.com.
Published on November 1, 2017
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