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Tribute to Effi Peled



Effi Peled (3 Feb, 1961 - 2 Jan, 2009) , founding member of this site and essential part of the development team,
great grandson of Osher Klionsky (1850s?-1930s?),
grandson of Tobias [Efraim-Tuvia] Klionsky (1888-1958)
both of Borisov area, Russia and later of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

By Matt Klionsky, Chicago with
Judy Yogev of Israel, Effi's sister, and
Daniel Klionsky, San Francisco

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Effi
Effi Peled was born as Efraim-Tobias Petluk in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 3rd 1961. Tobias Klionsky, his maternal grandfather (after whom he was named) had come to Argentina about 35 years before from Vilna, although he was originally from the Borisov-Minsk area.

At the time he arrived, the grandfather was already remarried (following the death of his first wife in childbirth), and was soon followed by his own parents Osher and Shifra Klionsky as well as 8 of their nine other children.

Effi was the first child of Shifra (Sofia) (named after her grandmother) Klionsky and Shlomo Petluk; twin sisters Dafna and Judy arrived the following year.

The children were still small when the family made Aliya to Israel in January 1969. There, the family changed their surname to Peled and Tobias became Effii (short for his Hebrew name Efraim).

While remaining fluent in his native Spanish, Effi also became fully fluent in Hebrew and also in English. He had creative and inventive tendencies even as a small child - apparently, he built and blew up a home made missile at the age of ten and scared the whole neighborhood.

Not surprisingly, he did well in school, graduating from the Technion after his army service with a BSc. in Computer Engineering. Later, he earned a Masters degree in Managenemt of Enterprise and Innovation (MEI) from the Israeli branch of Swinburne University (Australia) .

Afterwards, for many years, Effi held in a top-secret computer engineering position for the Israeli Armament Development Authority.

He enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including basketball, guitar, and stamp collecting. Three children arrived during the 1990's several years following his marriage to Dalia Lindenstrauss; the family lived near Haifa.

About 5 years ago, Effi's sister Dafna got involved in family research and made connections over the internet with other Klionskys. Effi got interested in this too, and became his family's main communicator with the Klionsky genealogy project.

When the call went out for volunteers to develop a Klionsky website, he volunteered for that effort, and did a large part of the initial work to get ensure that the site had the technical capacity to implement the planned ideas.
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Effi with family, 2008

After a 2004 diagnosis of malignant melanona, he underwent experimental treatment, and did well enough for a while to return to work. But, the disease eventually progressed, and he died at home on Jan 2, 2009.

He is survived by his mother Shifra, sisters Judy Yogev and Dafna Goldberg, wife Dalia, children Amir, Tomer, and Noa, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At his funeral, his sisters said "Over the years we all grew up and learned but you, Effi, kept on growing all your life and not only in height. You acquired more and more knowledge, experience and wisdom; moved gently from one challenge to another leaving a trail of jokes and laughter behind. And if we were like a sleepy little town, you were a magnificent skyscraper spreading its light all around."


18 Mar, 2009
By Judith Yogev and Dafna Goldberg, Effi's sisters
Our beloved brother, Effi

We know that you don't like sad eulogies and that you would probably like me to tell a few funny stories about you instead, like how you got lost on board of the ship on our way to Israel and everyone thought you fell into the ocean, or how you blew up a home made missile at the age of ten and scared the whole neighborhood…

We were born and raised together, the three of us. Over the years we all grew up and learned but you Effi kept on growing all your life and not only in height. You acquired more and more knowledge, experience and wisdom, moved gently from one challenge to another leaving a trail of jokes and laughter behind.

And if we were like a sleepy little town, you were a magnificent skyscraper spreading its light all around.

Apparently, someone high above us noticed you and asked for you sooner than expected. And so all the lights in our extraordinary skyscraper have gone out one by one over the past month.

All your unique abilities, your wisdom, your jokes, the astonishing memory, the laughter, the singing and the vast knowledge were all gone for ever.

We are convinced that you took all these with you to a better place, there you will continue what you have been forced to stop here. And when the day comes we will meet you again, smiling like always with the guitar in your hands and a new invention that no one had thought of before.

We will always surround Dalia, Tomer, Noa and Amir with love, we will take good care of mom for you and we will make sure that the laughter does not vanish from the new house you have built.

Your loving sisters
Judith and Dafna
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Regina (Regina Burton, AUSTRALIA)

Rest in Peace dear Toby. I miss your emails and will always think of you fondly. Your Australian cousin, Regina

Created by Regina (Regina Burton, AUSTRALIA)
Created on 2009-March-24 10:2 Eastern Standard Time (New York)
dmk (Daniel Klionsky, USA)

Жалко... хороший был парень.

Created by dmk (Daniel Klionsky, USA)
Created on 2009-March-19 20:43 Eastern Standard Time (New York)