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BBLA Trustee and Czech Ice Queen Aja Vrzanova Died

Joseph Balaz 02 August, 2015

Dear Friends,


With great sadness I must report that our dearest colleague, fellow Trustee and a truly amazing friend, Aja Vrzanova-Steindler, suddenly left us. She was 84. It is very difficult and literally impossible to describe in a few words how much Aja meant to our community here in New York, and how profoundly she inspired us all. I am very proud that I had the opportunity to know her and to be considered her close friend. I would like to share with you a photograph from my personal electronic collection of pictures with Aja that appears as soon as I open the file. Impeccable and in a great form, that is how we will always keep her in our minds, and forever in our hearts.


I am happy to see the loving outreach of the Czech media remembering our Champion. For the last several days I have been receiving countless messages of condolences including a letter from the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Zaoralek pointed out that Aja was one of the most distinctive figures of the Czech compatriot community worldwide who promoted our heritage with greatest enthusiasm. Together with Aja’s family, we will organize a memorial service in September, to remember, honor and celebrate Aja’s life. The date will be announced.


Ajenko, we will always miss you!


Joseph Balaz

President, Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association




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