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Stella Fishman Vibrant KORNBERG

KORNBERG, Stella Fishman Vibrant woman, loving wife, mother and grandmother, peacefully passed away July 13, 2013, twelve days before her 97th birthday. Born in Yonkers New York, July 25, 1916, Stella attended High School in Los Angeles and after her children were in school, she enrolled at UCLA to become a teacher. She graduated in 1958 Suma Cum Laud and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Stella had a passion for learning and teaching. She taught many years at Oxnard Elementary School and emphasized reading, ensuring that all of her students read at least at grade level when the year was over. She was happily married to Harry Kornberg for 47 years until his untimely death in 1982. Stella and Harry were active in the development and support of Temple Beth Hillel and she taught religious school there for many years. Stella enjoyed Sabbath services, attended Torah study regularly, and as a life long student, attended courses when ever possible. She had a lust for life and adventure traveling the world, and in her seventies, sailed in Tonga and served twice as a reservist in the Israeli Army reserve dismantling carburetors, thus allowing the Israeli soldiers to take some time off. After retirement she continued to contribute to the community working in the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and Valley Storefront Senior Center. You could always recognize Stella by her wide brim collapsible hats with colorful plastic flowers around the top. Stella is survived by her two sons, Jacob and Steven Kornberg and two daughters "in love" as Stella fondly called them, Peggy and Cheryl, four grandchildren, Keri, David, Chad and Lisa and great-grandchildren.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 1, 2013
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