Andrew Spiegl
1919 - 2017
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March 5, 1919 - September 15, 2017 Andrew Spiegl, age 98, died at his home in Encino, California on Friday, September 15, 2017, after a 3-month illness. Born on March 5, 1919, in Zurndorf, Austria, Mr. Spiegl apprenticed as a grocer before he and his family fled to Vienna in 1938. He rescued his entire family from the Holocaust by securing them all visas and passage out of Europe. Mr. Spiegl arrived in the United States in 1939, when he was 19 years old, where he met his future wife, Liese Sondermann, a refugee from Germany. He began working in the kitchen of the Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles. He and his wife eventually bought a small grocery store. Mr. Spiegl later went into sales, ultimately opening his own business, Bonus-Built, where he invented, among other things, a space-saving cart that the US Postal Service still uses. Mr. Spiegl tirelessly recruited and fundraised for the City of Hope, raising millions of dollars. About 20 years ago, he developed the City of Hope's Board of Governors. That organization recently made Mr. and Mrs. Spiegl honorary Lifetime Members. He leaves his wife of 74 years, Liese; his sister, Margaret; his daughter, Deborah Spiegl Slosberg; four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda, and his sister, Judith. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Sep. 17, 2017.
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January 17, 2019
We lived across the street from Andy and his wife for 4 years. We've never had a nicer neighbor or met a more charming man.
Our prayers go out to his wife and family.
Gary & Sandy Hovey
September 25, 2017
Last photo 2 months before passing
Nanette Demo
September 20, 2017
Andy's life was truly a blessing. We are glad we spent some time with Lee and Andy last year. Our heart felt condolences.
Dennis & Beth Wolf
September 18, 2017
This gentleman was a remarkable person. We first met him in the early 70's and came to learn more about him and his family over the next number of years. They had so many accomplishments from escaping the trauma of Nazi oppression to the creation of many successful business endeavors.
Perhaps his most rewarding work was the fundraising prowess that he performed for the City of Hope in Duarte. Andy was on a mission to use his skills as a communicator, to encourage hundreds, if not thousands, to support donations to the City of Hope. We know that he worked tirelessly, day after day, in countless meetings and luncheons in order to impress upon donors to the importance of supporting this important facility. He helped raise millions of dollars for the hospital through the Medical Center Aides and the Board of Governors. I was told he was active with telephone calls even in these last few months.
All in all Andy was a remarkable personality with remarkable accomplishments. He and Liese touched the lives of so many thousands of people. RIP Andy. We will miss you.
James and Karen Degnan
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