Helen Ross (Moszkowicz)
Helen Ross passed away July 7, 2018. She had been living in San Diego in her own home for the past 60 years.
Helen was born in Danzig, Poland, and escaped from the Nazis with her husband Philip in 1939. They undertook a most difficult and dangerous journey to Amsterdam where they initially stayed with a family for two weeks until they boarded a ship to Trinidad, West Indies. They had no idea where this was, but it was their only escape to freedom. Helen left her family behind - they did not want to believe that it would be as devastating as it was. All of her family perished in the holocaust . She has one surviving cousin from Danzig whose family escaped to the states.
Helen lived in Trinidad from 1939 to 1950. When they first arrived, the British placed them in an encampment to be sure they were not German spies. There, they met other eastern European Jews who would become life long friends and family. Helen’s daughter, Nelly, was born there. Helen’s husband, Philip, worked hard to make a living, but life was wonderful. They immigrated to the United States in 1950, and followed their Trinidadian friends who were also moving to San Diego.
In 1995, her husband Philip died, and Helen remarried David Blusztejn in 1998. They were together until David passed away in 2016.
Helen was loved by all. She had an amazing positive energy. She loved to dance, and loved a good party.
She also gave her time for causes that she believed in, She volunteered in an organization called Pioneer Women, whose goal was to provide experiences for Jewish children who could not afford going to camp, etc. She was a planner and organizer. She would plan events and help organize trips for the organization in order to raise money for their cause.
She was also a volunteer at the visitor’s center in Balboa Park. The visitors loved her energy, and her beautiful accent.
In the last few years she had dementia, but until her last breath she still recognized her family. she was fortunate to have excellent caregivers, Janeth Quinterro, Eunice Cardenas and Grace Huerta
Helen lived her life with love and continuous happiness. She never let the past take away from enjoying the present. She was: an incredible friend, a wonderful wife, an amazing mother and mother-in-law, and the absolute best grandmother and great grandmother.
She was a beautiful 98 year old when she passed - and she will live in our hearts forever – her memory will always be a blessing.