Palm Beach obituary: Andree Lindow, Dutch nobleman and volunteer in British war effort during WWII, dies – News – Palm Beach Daily News
Andree Lindow, a Dutch nobleman who fled the Nazis as a teenager, died Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Montecito, California. She was 94 years old and the widow of Colonel Lester Lindow.
Born Baroness Andree Goldwurm de Verdor in Amsterdam on May 27, 1924, she was educated in Holland and Belgium.
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When she was a teenager, her father, Baron Ernest Goldwurm de Verdor, was arrested by the Nazis. She fled to Great Britain and was placed with a family in Cornwall. Although she did not speak English at the time, she finished her studies and at 16 she joined the Women’s Voluntary Service.
During the Battle of Britain, Ms Lindow served her host country, running canteens for the military and driving on bombed-out roads to nearby airfields, bringing food to pilots as they landed for debriefing and refuel.
She was then transferred to London where she narrowly survived the German Blitz bombing campaign. She was once blown out of her second-floor office window by a V-2 rocket.
At a tea dance in London for Allied officers, she met US Army Major Lester W. Lindow, an assistant to General Dwight Eisenhower. In 1946, she emigrated to the United States. where the two got married and Ms. Lindow became a U.S. citizen. Her father, Baron de Verdor, survived the war and the baron and his daughter were eventually reunited.
The Lindows had a daughter, Helene, whom they raised in Flint, Michigan, and later in Washington, DC, where Lester served as executive director of the Association of Maximum Service Telecasters.
Once their daughter grew up, they moved to Palm Beach, where Ms. Lindow became active in charity.
She has served on the boards of the Junior League, the American Red Cross, The Community Chest (now United Way) and the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults.
She was a member of the Beach Club, the Palm Beach Yacht Club, and the Society of the Four Arts.
In Washington, she was a member of the Sulgrave Club.
An avid traveler who has toured the world 10 times, Ms. Lindow was also a member of the American Association of Geographers.
After her husband’s death in 1994, she sold their residence at 100 Royal Palm Way and moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she joined the Birnam Wood Golf Club.
Besides her daughter and Helene’s husband, Bill Blackburn, Mrs. Lindow is survived by her granddaughters, Hallie Palladino and Lacey Caruso and her husbands Rocco Palladino and Oliver Caruso; and his great-grandchildren, Rocco Palladino, Serena Palladino and Vivian Caruso.
A funeral ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults, 300 Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach FL 33480; or Cottage Hospital, 400 W Pueblo St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105.