In Memory of






Obituary for Marie Magdaleine "Magda" Kaplan (Vallat)

Magda passed away in her sleep on January 13 with Philip, her beloved husband of 70 years at her side. Impaired by arthritis over the years Magda may have limited her travels, spent less time in the garden, was unable to finesse her way around the kitchen but it did not keep her from her books. Reading remained her friend since she could reach her mother’s bookshelves. Foremost Magda had an ease and joy to engage friends, new and old. Magda was born in Paris France on June 5, 1927, the daughter of Andre Briquet Vallat and Marc Vallat, and the devoted sister of Jean Vallat. Magda graduated from the University of Paris with a BA in French. Magda worked for a local newspaper as a photojournalist, which included travel in Europe and Africa and photographs of jazz musicians and the president. She flew in gliders, parachuted from airplanes and achieved a brown belt in Judo.

After a chance meeting of a handsome tourist and a years long cross-Atlantic letter writing campaign in 1953, Magda alit the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner at the Port of New York to marry Philip David Kaplan. Settling in Nashua, she joined the League of Women Voters in the 1960s and stayed active in politics in the city and country she loved. She volunteered for 25 years at the Memorial Hospital, giving tours at the Currier Museum, and lectures to High School students as a teenager surviving World War II in Paris. However her brilliance was her caring for her family, creating a beautiful home and as a wonderful host who opened her home to gather or retreat. Magda’s life experiences and endless curiosity opened up the world to her children and the generations that followed.

Magda is survived by her husband Philip David Kaplan; three children, Daniel Irving Kaplan, Dolores Vallat Ferdon and Claudine Adreinne Kaplan; and 6 grandchildren: Tahlia Kaya LaRose, Jean Philip Larose, Savannah Kuehn Kaplan, Chloe Rose Kaplan, John Jay Ferdon and Danielle Vallat Ferdon; and Three great grandchildren: Niko Lynch, Veda Lynch, Aurora Lynch. Magda also leaves her sons-in law Henry Patterson and Timothy Jay Ferdon, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Jean Kaplan, and grand son-in-law Jesse Lynch. With gratitude we thank the whole team at Merrimack Home Health and Hospice and Nancy Maina, Ana Kravitz and Louise Simmons for their outstanding loving care. Magda will have a private interment at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation of your choice or to the Nashua Public Library.