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Edwarda "Edzia" (Esther) Zakalik

Edwarda "Edzia" (Esther) Zakalik, 88, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died after sunset on 27 February 2021.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Monday, 01 March 2021 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Michael Moskowitz officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Family members include:
Beloved wife of the late David Zakalik. Cherished mother of Dr. Karol (Dr. Margo Gilbert) Zakalik and Dr. Dana (Dr. John Weber) Zakalik. Proud grandmother of Naomi Zakalik, Maddy Weber, and Elie Weber. Loving sister of Yaakov "Yankele" (Esther) Kestenbaum. Devoted daughter of the late Moshe and the late Dina Kestenbaum. Also survived by other loving relatives and friends.

Due to the pandemic, her family will host a memorial event later in the year.

EDWARDA “EDZIA” ZAKALIK passed away peacefully on Feb. 27th at the age of 88, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 25th 1933 in Annopol, Poland to Dina and Moishe Kestenbaum, and was known as Esther. Her childhood was shaped by WW2 and the Nazi invasion when she was 6 years old. Her mother and youngest brother, Koppel, were killed at the death camp, Belzec. She and her brother, Yanek (Yaakov), survived the war as hidden children, moving stealthily in farmers’ fields and often sleeping alone in the forests. After escaping from a labor camp, her father Moishe eventually located them in the forests and they hid together until the liberation.

Following the war, Edzia remained in Poland and was educated in Warsaw and Szczecin embarking on medical studies. She married David Zakalik, of blessed memory, and had two children, Karol and Dana. In 1968, the family left communist Poland and emigrated to the US, where Edwarda (Edzia) encouraged her children’s education. Edzia loved cooking and was known for her gefilte fish and seven layer vodka torts. She enjoyed spirited conversation, hearty laughter and, most of all, being with her family. She was proud of her work as a Medical Administrative Assistant in her son’s office well into her 80s, enjoying every aspect of her job and being loved by coworkers and patients. She was also active in the local Hidden Children organization. She recently traveled to Israel to see her brother, and went with her family on a sailing trip where she embraced the family adventure. She was devoted to her grandchildren, and inspired them to achieve great things.

To know Edzia was to experience the deep embrace of kindness, love and laughter. She exuded love for her family and tremendous humanity and compassion for the plight of others. Despite hardships punctuating her life, she always found the value and goodness in all people. In addition to her wit and wisdom, aromatic cooking and valuable Yiddish lessons, she remains a model of strength, optimism and beauty to her three granddaughters, Elie, Maddy and Naomi.

Zoom Shiva Services for Edwarda "Edzia" (Esther) Zakalik will be held at 7:00 p.m. (EST) today, Monday, March 1st for all family and friends to attend. Click here for the Zoom Shiva Service.
Meeting ID: 828 8172 7373
Passcode: 390227

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25 for an outdoor service or 18 for an indoor service.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Edwarda "Edzia" (Esther) Zakalik may do so by making a contribution to:

Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Click to Visit Charity Website