Edith Blake

Jan 27, 1928 - Dec 7, 2012


Edith Berta Franziska Snehotta arrived in this world on January 27, 1928, in Troppau, Czechoslovakia, the third child of Stephanie and Franz Snehotta. From the beginning, Edith was brave, independent, tenacious, clever and creative – qualities which helped her “survive damn near everything” in a life full of challenges. Born with a heart condition from which most people die in adolescence, Edith lived to be 84. As a girl she loved to ice skate, act in school plays and sing in choir; but childhood was cut short by WWII, when Edith’s home was confiscated and her family sent off to fight and to camps. In 1948, her family and townsfolk were expelled from the Sudetenland and moved to Germany’s Black Forest. Edith left there to find work in the big city of Frankfurt, where, at first sight, she claimed Robert Henry Blake, a handsome, dapper young American soldier, and he claimed her right back. They wed December 7, 1956.Bob’s military and postal service careers kept the family on the move, Edith working as an haute couture seamstress everywhere they went. Edith loved exploring each new place and made many lifelong friends along the way. Fiercely devoted parents, Bob and Edith often took extra jobs to give their children everything they could want, including the finest education and dance, music, sports and travel opportunities. Edith always kept her mind sharp and hands active with arts and crafts, gardening, puzzles, heady debate on any topic, cooking and baking.

Edith passed her strongest traits on to her kids: an immensely generous spirit; love of good food and cooking, of beauty, animals, and gardening; constant pursuit of learning; artistic creativity; a wicked sense of humor; and a penchant for nurturing the sweet comforts of family and home.Edith’s last days were spent surrounded by the loves of her life, her family. Her loyal, loving heart beat its last in the early hours of Friday, December 7, 2012, while holding hands with her devoted husband and best friend Bob on their 56th wedding anniversary. She is survived by Bob; daughters Brigitte Capps, Marilyn Philip and her husband Mike, and Frances Keeler and her children Elizabeth, Jeremy and Lauren; son Stephen and his true love Donna, whom Edith loved as a daughter (and vice versa); her Westie, Lacey; and more family on three continents.We deeply grieve her loss, we gladly endure her release from suffering and we are gratefully and forever made better by having been loved by this diminutive powerhouse of a woman. There is a great emptiness in our lives, which is nonetheless filled with sweet memories.

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