July 16, 1935 - August 2, 2013
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Bea Stern died peacefully at her home on August 2, 2013, at age 78 after four years of treatment for breast cancer.
Bea was born and lived in Los Angeles, California, graduated from Roosevelt High School, and obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA where she was immediately drawn to the home economics field. She made her career in education, working as a teacher in the L.A. Unified School District and ultimately retiring as a child development professor at Valley Community College after a 36-year tenure there. Even in retirement, Bea stayed active by instituting cooking programs at local elementary schools, co-founding and hosting a knit group of fellow retirees, and travelling with her husband of 54 years, Leon.
Bea was the loving daughter of Rose and Sidney Schwartzwald. Besides her devoted husband, she is survived by her daughter, Bonnie; her son, Howard; her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Michelle; and their children, Alexander and Sierra. Bea had many dear friends; she made friends and kept them for life. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her kindness, integrity, and independent spirit. To her family, she was a dedicated wife, an involved and generous mother, and a proud grandmother.
The memorial service and burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th at Mount Sinai Mortuary Park, Hollywood Hills. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bea's name to USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital at http://uscnorriscancer.usc.edu/support/ or at Office of Development, 1441 Eastlake Avenue, Room 8302, Los Angeles, CA 90033.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4, 2013