March 29, 1913 - March 24, 2014
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\Marian grew up in San Francisco where her father Rudolph Coffee was a Rabbi. She graduated from the U. of Oregon and became a public health nurse. Following her marriage to Joseph Sommer, they moved to Tacoma, WA. While there, she served as president of AAUW and Council of Jewish Women. Upon moving to So. CA., she earned a Master's Degree from USC School of Social Work. She worked as a child advocate for the L.A. Dept. of Child Services. Marian had a passion for travel and was particularly interested in the Chinese culture. She was active in the China-America Friendship Assoc. and was also involved with the Plato Society at UCLA. She spent 19 years with Jules Sterling until his passing. She was an extraordinary role model for her family, co-workers, and all whose lives she touched.
She is survived by daughter, Ruth Auerbach, grandchildren, Micah Auerbach, Erik Auerbach, and Danielle Kelmar, great grandchildren Lauren and David Kelmar, and nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank her caring and devoted care givers, Tawnee Acevez and Vivian Billen.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 12, 2014