Friday, September 8, 2017

Naomi "Kay" Hurwitz Faust, 74

Naomi "Kay" Hurwitz Faust, of Baltimore, Vermont, passed unexpectedly on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kay was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 21, 1943. The daughter of Fania and Philip Hurwitz, Kay spent the first 21 years of her life in South Africa. She attended the University of South Africa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Shortly after leaving college, Kay moved to London, England. Her early time in Europe included a stay in Paris. During her time in England, she worked as a children's librarian in the public library system. She made many dear friends in England. She was an avid traveler and, in her late husband Bob's words, "was sort of a bohemian."

In 1981, Kay participated in a job exchange, moving to Baltimore, Vermont, for a year to work at the Springfield Town Library. During that year, she met Bob Faust, who would end up moving to London with Kay after her job exchange was over. They were married in 1984 in London. In 1985, their son, David, was born and in 1988, they all moved back to Baltimore, Vermont. The rest, to use a cliché, is history.

Kay was predeceased by her husband, Bob. She is survived by her son, David Faust, of Middlebury, Vermont; her sisters, Rena Ellman, of Kibbutz Yasser in Israel, and Shirley Ancer, of Johannesburg; her brother, Arthur Hurwitz, of Johannesburg; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.

Kay was an active community member. She loved to travel the world. She loved her family and many friends. Kay was Jewish, and she valued and celebrated her heritage. She loved to play Scrabble and traveled all over to play in tournaments. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, as well as a beloved relative and friend to many. She will be deeply missed.

There will be a celebration of life on Aug. 6 at the Weathersfield Center Church from 2-6 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, c/o Pat Graves, 37 Reservoir Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

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