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Ida VanBaalen, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. VanBaalen was born in Detroit on Feb. 13, 1919, to the late Nathan and Ethel Eagle Fitlow. A high school graduate, Mrs. VanBaalen worked as a secretary in accounting and was a member of Temple Emanu-El of Birmingham, Ala., for over 62 years.

Mrs. VanBaalen was married in 1946 to Harold VanBaalen who passed away in 1989. In 2009, she relocated to the Orlando area from Birmingham to be closer to her daughter and family.

She is survived by her daughter, Dee Schwartz of Altamonte Springs and her two grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Miller of Grand Rapids, Mich., and her former son-in-law, Kerry Schwartz of Altamonte Springs.

Funeral services were held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala. with Rabbi Jonathan Miller officiating. In memory of Ida VanBaalen, the family requests contributions to Temple Emanu-El, 2100 Highland Ave, Birmingham. AL 35205 or Jewish Family Services, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, FL 32789. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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