Natalia А. Feldman of Brighton, MA passed away on June 15, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Natalia was born in Latvia, to Andrejs Gāliņš and Herta Šindele Gāliņa 91 years ago. In 1955, she married her husband, Iosif Feldman, who preceded her in passing in 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother Harijs Gāliņš.
Natalia had an extraordinary life. At the age of sixteen in the German-occupied Liepaja, she was arrested by Nazis for just not carrying the required documents, and was incredibly lucky to escape from the prison when it was destroyed by the Soviet bombs. At the age of 21, she was arrested by the KGB simply for being honest and refusing to follow their orders. She was sentenced to 13 years of hard labor in a GULAG, and served 5 of those. She was dying of hunger and overwhelming work when Iosif Feldman, also a GULAG prisoner, saw her, fell in love at first sight and managed to save her. They both were freed only thanks to Stalin’s timely death, but still had to live in exile for four years after the camp. They got married, and set up their first home in a tiny room converted from a stable. In her sixties, already widowed, Natalia followed her children to help them survive two immigrations. In her eighties, she volunteered as a foster grandmother in a synagogue kindergarten (the Shaloh House in Brighton).
Her luminous and loving presence will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. With all sadness that Natalia had to experience in her life, she was a very wise and happy soul, ever-curious, sharp, lively, and kind, and that is how she will be remembered by all who knew her.
A private graveside service will be held on June 19, 2020, at The Gardens Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA.
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