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Ethel Kephart

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Born October 3, 1914, Died March 6, 2013

Ethel Kephart passed away peacefully at her home in Pleasanton after a short illness on March 6, 2013; where she was surrounded by her family and friends.

Ethel was born in Missoula, Montana, October 3, 1914 and was the only child to Irene and Wilhelm Bischoff. In 1922, her family moved to Portland, Oregon. After visiting her aunt in Los Angeles several times, Ethel moved to Los Angeles and married Zargous Zoraster. They were married from 1932 to 1963 and had two sons, Paul and Alan. Ethel had a full life in the San Fernando Valley from 1932 to 2005. She worked at Birmingham High School, later transferring to Granada Hills High when it opened in 1960 where she was the secretary for both the girls and boys vice principals. She was also actively involved in the Van Nuys PTA supporting her youngest son, Alan and in the DeMolay supporting her eldest son, Paul. In 1965 she married Lee Kephart and they were married from 1965 to 1980. Ethel enjoyed her birthday club, family, friends, traveling, caring for her home and playing cards with a vengeance. In 2005 she designed and had a beautiful new "granny flat" built on her son and daughter-in-law's property in Pleasanton, California where she lived contentedly for the rest of her life.

Last year, Ethel was overjoyed to welcome the newest member of the family, her great granddaughter, Michaela.

Ethel is survived by her son Alan and daughter-in-law, Christine Zoraster; grandchildren, Brian and Karin and her husband Jake Cooper; great granddaughter, Michaela; stepdaughter, Jakki and her husband Rich Leap and their sons, Bill and Kevin; nephews, David, Steven, John and Richard Zoraster; and the rest of the Zoraster family.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Mar. 29, 2013
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