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DENVER - Anitta Young, 89, died May 17, 2015, at her home in Denver, where she wanted to be. She was born July 16, 1925, in Vienna, Austria, the oldest child of Sabina (Reinmann) and Bernard Narzissenfeld. The family fled Vienna in 1938 as the Nazis took over Austria. Although her immediate family survived, many aunts and uncles were murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps.

After spending time in England, the family arrived in New York in 1940, settling in Rochester where Anitta graduated from high school and passed the New York Regents Exams despite speaking and writing English for only a few years.

Always independent, Anitta headed west, working and traveling in Colorado and California, where she made life-long friends. She settled in Colorado because she loved the mountains. She belonged to the Colorado Mountain Club for more than 60 years. She enjoyed hiking, snowshoeing and skiing adventures, but mostly the club's many eligible bachelors.

She married Truman Young on May 19, 1965, and the outdoor and railroad adventures continued.

She was proud of accomplishing many things "later in life," including learning to downhill ski, sew (she made her home's curtains), paint -- and having a child, by natural childbirth.

She was a long-time member of Artists by Design and the First Unitarian Church of Denver.

She is survived by her daughter Susan, son-in-law Jay Fortier and their daughters Elizabeth and Emma, of Orono; a sister Ruth and her husband Armand Gissin and their son Steven, of Miami; a brother Jack Narzissenfeld and his wife Barbara, of Miami, and their children; stepchildren Truman P. Young III and his wife Lynne Isbell and their son Peter, of Davis, California; Mike Young and his wife Susan Whittlesey and their daughters Anne and Kate, of Denver; and Helen Young and her daughters Margaret and Sarah Stratton of Bristol, Vermont; and their mother, Carol Young of Denver. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Pat Jones of Williamsburg, Missouri, and Anne Lloyd of Eureka, Missouri and many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends and neighbors Chan, Susan, Matt and Rich, whose support and friendship allowed Anitta to stay in her home.

Donations may be made to the Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th St., #200, Golden, Colorado 80401.
Published on  May 21, 2015
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