It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our beloved teacher, mentor and friend, Pretzel "Bija" France. For many months she bravely fought a rare blood disease that ultimately claimed her life. She left this world peacefully surrounded by family, friends and little Peanut at her side. Pretzel left a deep impression on the lives of countless numbers of people. The outpouring of love and support for her and those who are closest to her was tremendous. She will be greatly missed but her spirit will live on in our hearts forever. May her next journey be filled with as much adventure and excitement as the one she just completed here on this earthly plane.