Born: December 08, 1925
Died: April 28, 2014
Mira Kil, 88, Holocaust survivor, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and former resident of Quaker Hill and New London, Connecticut, died peacefully at her home in Surfside, Florida, on Monday April 28, 2014.
Born December 8, 1925, in Dunilowicz, Poland, to Yicheel and Itka Mindel, Mira was 16 when she witnessed the loss of her family at the hands of the Nazis in 1942. She managed to escape into the Norridge Woods in Poland and joined Russian partisans in the Markov Brigade. There she met and married Boris Kil, who lost most of his family to the Nazis. Fluent in five languages, Mira became a freedom fighter and active member of the Russian underground resistance movement.
In 1949 Mira and Boris emigrated to America with their two young children and welcomed the birth of a third after arriving in Connecticut. The couple raised their family in New London County and started their own business with a dairy farm in Norwich and a farm in Waterford which developed into Kil & Lombardi Poultry Farm and later became Southern New England Eggs Inc.
Following the death of Boris in 1976, Mira married Melvin Zablotsky, a fellow Holocaust survivor with whom she traveled the world and enjoyed her new life in the Miami Beach area. She had a flair for fashion, was an avid poker player and amazing cook of Eastern European cuisine. Melvin died in 1996. Mira was also predeceased by daughter Bella Kil and grandson Joshua Smith.
Mira adored her five granddaughters and her baby great granddaughter. All of them shared Passover dinner last month with their “Bubbie.” Mira’s close circle of friends and neighbors was with her until the end. The family wishes to thank all of Mira’s caregivers and dear friends for their support.
A lifetime member of Hadassah, she was proud of her Jewish heritage and instilled in her children and grandchildren the importance of perseverance, independence, generosity, hospitality and a strong work ethic. Her legacy as a survivor was evident for three quarters of a century, reflected even in the timing of her death on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Mira is survived by son Jerry Kil and wife Barbara of Ledyard, CT, and granddaughter Emily Kil of East Hampton, CT; granddaughter Natalie Kil McCue and husband Matt and great-granddaughter Elizabeth McCue of Queens, New York; daughter Edie Kil Freeman and husband Richard Freeman of Quaker Hill, CT, and granddaughters Stephanie Freeman of New York City and Jaclyn Freeman of Boulder, Colorado; and granddaughter Sasha Nelson of Virginia.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. Interment will be in Ahavath Chesed Cemetery, Waterford. The family will be sitting Shiva on Sunday and Monday nights at the home of Edie and Richard Freeman.
Donations may be made to the Strochlitz Holocaust Resource Center, JFEC, 28 Channing Street, New London, CT, 06320; the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33139; or Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 700, Rosemont, IL, 60018-4989.