Arlene Marilyn Shmaeff

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January 3, 1941 - October 23, 2013 Arlene passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, after an unsuccessful but very courageous battle with a terrible form of lymphoma. She loved family, she nurtured close friendships and she built community. She was an educator, a mentor to many teachers and artists, and an artist and profound critical thinker herself. She collaborated with passion and intelligence in designing strategies for teaching and learning. She struggled for social justice and the environment. She inquired deeply into the spiritual dimension of life and encouraged this same inquiry in those around her. Arlene loved family and friends and would leave no stone unturned to enrich their lives. She leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Terry Kupers, her son Hyim Jacob Ross, her stepsons Eric Kupers (and his husband James Wagner) and Jesse Kupers (and his wife, Karin Graves and their children, Shiloe, Chloe and Judah) her brother Bob Shmaeff, her beloved niece, nephews and cousins, her godson Josh Weiss and her goddaughter Bessie Weiss. There will be a Memorial at 6 PM on Saturday, November 9 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. Bring food and drink to share. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcomed at the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 27, 2013
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