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 Clara <I>Cooper</I> Gichtin

Clara Cooper Gichtin

Death 30 Dec 1988 (aged 85)
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA
Plot Line 12 left, Lot 6, graves 1 and 2
Memorial ID 28563796 · View Source
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My grandmother, Clara Cooper was born in Kublitch, Russia. Her birth name was Chi Devorah Brucha Kupchinetsky, and she was called Chaika.

Her brother, Morris Cooper came to the United States in 1913, and took the last name of Cooper. My grandmother and great-grandmother followed suit when they came to the US.

Clara Cooper married Morris Gichtin (born Moshe Gechtin) on Jul 20, 1920 in Russia before escaping from the pogroms to Romania.

Baube (Yiddish for grandmother) told me that she and her mother where hidden by a non-Jewish woman when the pogroms started. She said that all of the men in town, including her father, were rounded up, forced to dig their own graves, and shot. The non-Jewish woman snuck my grandmother and great-grandmother out of town to the town that my grandfather was in and waiting for her. They left Russia, escaping to Romania where their first child was born in 1921.

With their newborn daughter, my Aunt Tillie (then known as Taube or Tova), they traveled to Antwerp, Belgium. Departing Antwerp on Apr 19, 1922, they had to leave Clara's mother behind due to a medical condition. She followed shortly after.

Following their successful completion of citizenship training at Hutchinson School of Citizenship in Buffalo, New York on June 2 1927, both Morris and Clara became proud citizens of the United States. Morris received his certificate of naturalization on Sep 21, 1927 and Clara on May 3, 1928.

Although she took the English name of Clara, she was Aunt Chaika to her nieces and nephews, Chaika to her husband, Ma to her kids and Baube to her 13 grandchildren.

Although her gravestone has 1901 as the year of her birth, other records that I have show 1903, and she told me that she was 17 when she married my grandfather in 1920. She had no birth record, so she really didn't know when she was born.

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Hebrew translation
Chi Devora Brucha
daughter of Avraham Yitzhak
Died 22 Tevet 5749
(Civil date of 30 Dec 1988)





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 28563796
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clara Cooper Gichtin (25 Aug 1903–30 Dec 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28563796, citing Holy Order Of The Living, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by eboss (contributor 46995421) .