Ann Leikach (née Wygoda) of Baltimore passed away on November 24 at the age of 99.
She is survived by children Garret Swayne and Debbie (Hal) Weaver; sister Rae Nachbar; grandchildren Alexander “Alex” Weaver and Eric Weaver; and sisters-in-law Zita Weber and Ruth Webber. She was predeceased by husband Martin Leikach; siblings Leo Weber, Mark Webber and Bronia Melman; brothers-in-law Joe Nachbar and Eliahu Melman; and parents Avraham and Devorah Wygoda.
At the onset of World War II in September 1939, Ann’s family was driven by the Nazis from Poland to the Soviet Union, where she was forced into child labor in northern Russia until mid-1941, when her family moved to Uzbekistan for the duration of the war. She met her husband, Martin, in a Displaced Persons Camp in Poland after the war, and they emigrated to the United States in 1948. They owned and ran a grocery store in different neighborhoods at different times in Baltimore for decades, the last one being “Lucky Foods” on Washington Boulevard in Pigtown.
Contributions in her memory can be made to: the USC Shoah Foundation, 650 West 35th Street, Los Angeles, CA; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024; or to the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology, 550 N. Broadway, Suite 731, Baltimore, MD 21205.