Wilma Garfinkle Resident of Alameda, CA passed away on December 1, 2011 at the age of 89. Born in Los Angeles on June 26, 1922 to Benjamin and Bertha Carlow; raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Dorsey High School in 1939. She met her future husband on a blind date at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. Wilma married Wil Garfinkle on April 6, 1941. They remained happily married for the next 66 years until Wil's death in 2007. Together they raised four sons; Jay, Gary, Robert, and Ben in the home they built in 1949. Wilma was a Den Mother of Pack 1015 while her boys were in Cub Scouts and along with Wil, supported them as they each achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Wilma was active at Temple Israel, serving as President of the Temple's Sisterhood and presiding over the creation of a pop-ular cookbook consisting of member's favorite recipes. Her talents in the kitchen were legendary. During World War II, and over the next forty years, Wilma worked alongside her husband in the family business, Clamp-Swing Pric-ing Company, which had been founded by Wil's father, David. She is survived by her four sons and their wives, Beverly, Maria, Kathleen, and Amy, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grand-children. Wilma is preceded in death by her two brothers, Jack and Robert Carlow. A funeral will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:00am at Home of Eternity Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94618. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Temple Israel of Alameda, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502.
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Published in Inside Bay Area from December 8 to December 10, 2011