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Abe Chuddy (1921 - 2013)

Obituary
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Abe Chuddy passed away peacefully on August 16, 2013 in Sonoma at the age of 92. He was born in New York City on April 29, 1921 to Samuel and Rebecca Chudnofsky who were born in Kiev, Russia in 1879 and 1883 respectively. Abe left New York with his family when he was one-year-old; and his parents raised him in East Los Angeles with his three older sisters who later married and predeceased him: Ida Baumert, Mary Cutler and Frances Alpert. As a child, Abe fondly recalled helping his father who was a fruit and vegetable vendor in the community. Abe enjoyed school, had great attendance, and was an honor student at every level including Malabar Street Elementary School, Hollenbeck Junior High School, and Theodore Roosevelt High School. In 1938, Abe initially worked in the garment industry in Los Angeles. In August of 1942, he moved to Pullman to attend Washington State University; however, he left the University in February of 1943 to join the service in World War II. He enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served from 1943 to 1945 in the Hospital Service in Dental Technology. In 1943, Abe met and married the love of his life - Norma Zeitz - the daughter of Leon Zeitz and Gertrude Pomerantz on July 15 in Los Angeles. Abe and Norma had a joyous, successful and inspiring marriage of nearly 69 years. Norma passed away on May 21, 2012. After his military service, Abe returned to the garment industry and worked in sales and as a manufacturer of women's clothing in Los Angeles. In 1945, Abe and Norma moved to Beeman Avenue in North Hollywood. On July 9, 1947, they were blessed with a daughter, Barbara Chuddy Bloom, who is married to Peter Cohn. In addition to his own three sisters, Abe was close to Norma's only sister Bernice Teren and her husband Seymour, both of whom predeceased him, and to Norma's cousins Helene and Al Forthal and their families. Before moving to Northern California in 2009, Abe and Norma greatly enjoyed their lives in Palm Desert. They worked at the College of the Desert Street Fair selling women's clothing until 2001. To all who have known them, Abe and Norma were described as such loving, kind and positive people. Abe was a most wonderful and exemplary husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. Abe is survived by his daughter Barbara Bloom and her husband Peter Cohn of Petaluma; grandson Jordan Bloom and his wife Leslie and great grandson Taj of Encinitas; his nieces Audrey (Michael) Phillips of Rancho Santa Fe and Barbara Feinberg of Laguna Beach; his cousin Helene Forthal of Murrieta, and many other dear relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome contributions in Abe's name to Hospice by the Bay, 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, or . Cards or messages can be sent to: Barbara Bloom, P.O. Box 866, Petaluma, CA 94953.

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Published in The Desert Sun on Sept. 1, 2013
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