Hedi Apt, longtime Swarthmore resident, passed away at her Plush Mills home in Wallingford on April 3. She celebrated her 100th birthday on February 19, 2018 with her large extended family from three continents at the Inn at Swarthmore and assisted in a Seder with her local extended family in Swarthmore on March 31.
Hedi faced all of life’s challenges with resilience, humor, great affection for her growing family, service to the broader communities she had been part of, and an indomitable competitive spirit in all her athletic endeavors.
• Growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, she survived the post-World War I financial devastation of Germany, escaped the Nazi Holocaust, and later, after moving and beginning a family in New York, the hijacking of her flight to Cuba by a convicted murderer and terrorist.
• She became the proud, attentive matriarch of a family that included three daughters, three sons-in-law, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and seven additional step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
• She served as a volunteer at the Swarthmore Community Center, treasurer of the Larchmont (N.Y.) Temple and Hadassah for many years, and as a registered Democrat for more than 75 years.
• Her athletic pursuits included field hockey in her youth, swimming, tennis, and bocce in Swarthmore with recognition from the Swarthmore Swim Club for her 50 mile swim in her 80s, as Swarthmore’s Bocce Champion in her 90s, and the awe and respect from her Crozer Healthplex and Swarthmore College tennis adversaries in her 90s.
As she requested, there will be no public funeral or memorial service. Those wishing to acknowledge her life are asked to donate to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: https://www.hias.org/.