Alvin "Avrom" Rosenthal

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August 18, 1920 - August 24, 2014 It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that our family announces the passing of Alvin Rosenthal ("Avrom Chaim Yitzchak"). Alvin was born on August 18, 1920, in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of three children of his parents, Louis and Kate Rosenthal. He met the love of his life, Deana Weger, on February 2, 1947, and they were married on August 17, 1947. For more than 67 years they shared a remarkable journey of love, trust, and companionship. Together they traveled the world, established enduring friendships, shared countless laughs, and compiled a treasure-trove of memories. Alvin embraced life and he embraced his "Dinkie", writing her love letters until the closing moments of his remarkable life. The trust and mutual respect they shared every moment until his last, is the ultimate "love story" and we are all comforted in knowing that every day they were together mattered and brought him tremendous pleasure and strength. He served his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard during World War II, a part of his life that he often spoke of with honor, pride and respect. Alvin's professional accomplishments were virtually unlimited. Along with his older brother, Sylvan, Alvin started and owned Clover Furniture, in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. After moving from Baltimore to Los Angeles in 1956, Alvin obtained his State of California Contractors License in 1962 and founded Sherford Corporation that same year. For more than two decades, starting with his first apartment building located on San Vicente Boulevard, in Los Angeles, Alvin built first-class apartment buildings, single-family residences, and student housing in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and South Pasadena. Wanting to share his passion for construction with others, he obtained his Bachelor of Vocational Education degree from Cal State LA in 1969, State of California Teaching Credential in 1970, and a Master of Arts, Higher Education degree in 1973. For more than twenty years, Alvin taught classes in Construction and Architecture Technology at Santa Monica College, where he became one of the most beloved professors in the school's history. Perhaps the greatest tribute to him was that more than 20 years after Alvin taught his final class at Santa Monica College, his former students would call his residence to thank him for the enduring contribution he made to their own lives and careers, as well as to so many others. Alvin was a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Los Angeles, and an active member for more than 50 years of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Alvin served on the Camp Hess Kramer Commission where he made it possible for less fortunate children to have the experience of attending the Temple's summer camp in Malibu, California. He loved sports and was an avid tennis player. For most of his adult life you could find him playing tennis almost every weekend, first at the Standard Club in West Los Angeles, and in later years at the Lakes Country Club in Rancho Mirage. His greatest gifts were his amazing sense of humor and wit, heartfelt qualities that endeared him to almost everyone he met. Alvin's greatest passion was his love for family, especially for his wife Deana, and their sons, Robert (Catherine) and Kenny (Leslie). He was very proud of his grandsons, Matthew and Michael, and he never missed an opportunity to ask how they were doing in college and in life. In his last few years of life, Alvin suffered from dementia, and while the disease dimmed the brightness of his life, it never diminished his love for family and friends. Our family has requested that as an enduring and permanent tribute to Alvin, family and friends consider making a donation to the Southern California . Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. Malinow & Silverman Mortuary Directors 800-710-7100
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Malinow & Silverman Mortuary Inc
7366 Osage Ave Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 29, 2014
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