August 2, 1911 - April 23, 2013
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Lelia Kauffman Fligelman, accomplished poet and writer, treasured wife of Henry Fligelman (predeceased), adored daughter of Rachel and Jules "Lamb" Kauffman (both predeceased) and deeply admired aunt to generations of nieces and nephews, peacefully passed away in her sleep April 23, 2013.
A native and life long resident of Los Angeles, Mrs. Fligelman's interests, achievements and personality were as captivating and unique as the violet eyes with which she was initially born.
Her storied childhood, as granddaughter to the French Consul and daughter to exceedingly distinguished parents; her civic pioneer mother and banking magnate father, began as the youngest Jewish debutante ever to be introduced to Los Angeles. By the age of seven she had already composed hundreds of poems and published many. She graduated Los Angeles High School with honors in 1928 and later went on to earn her degree from UCLA. Her innate gift and true love for writing would lead her to pen numerous, highly acclaimed poems, short stories and procure a movie option for her novel "Janie".
Mrs. Fligelman was a committed member of National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Historical Society, Museum of National History and served on several boards including UCLA Alumni and Young Musicians Foundation and was a life long member of Wilshire Blvd. Temple.
She shared a colorful passion and appreciation for the arts and for life long learning with the love of her life, Henry.
Her beauty, both inside and out, will be forever sealed in our hearts and her effervescent spirit and sense of individuality will continue to serve as inspiration for us all.
Interment will be private at Hillside.
A special celebration of her life will take place this summer.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 28, 2013