Sharlene Leventhal, cherished wife and beloved mother and grandmother, died Jan. 17 at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, at the age of 81. Sharlene Leventhal (nee Hoffman), was born in Los Angeles. She matriculated at Stanford University, receiving her bachelor's degree in Education from UCLA in 1957. She worked as a substitute teacher in the LA City Schools and as a bookkeeper for the family business and other small companies. She contributed her time to a variety of social and charitable causes. She participated avidly in UCLA alumni activities, including student outreach. She served as a long-time volunteer with the Meals on Wheels organization. With her husband Mel, she traveled globally, trekking in Nepal, the Swiss Alps, and Peru, completing long-distance bicycle tours on several continents, and attending four Olympic games. She made friends from around the world and hosted exchange students from a myriad of countries. She was a dance enthusiast and a long-time practitioner of yoga. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Melvin Leventhal of Santa Monica, and their children, daughter Joan Goldblatt and her husband Steve of Seattle, WA, son Robert Leventhal and his wife Elisa Irwin, of Washington, DC, and daughter Cathy Pucher and her husband Shawn of San Diego, and five grandchildren. Donations in memory of Mrs. Leventhal may be made to the City of Hope.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 21, 2014