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Ewel and June Grossberg

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Ewel and June Grossberg

After 58 years together, Ewel and June Grossberg passed away as they lived—together, traveling the world, energized by golf and a wonderful, celebratory week with their family. On December 28, 2016, both died in a car accident in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Each will be deeply missed by all whose lives they had touched.

Born on February 20, 1930, Ewel grew up in South Gate, CA, attended UCLA and University of Idaho, served in the Korean War, and joined his father's bindery before embarking on a long and successful career in printing. Beginning this work at Graphic Press, Ewel went on to purchase, grow and run George Rice & Sons, a highly-regarded printing company in Los Angeles and his life's work. The team still has vivid memories of Ewel--as a passionate entrepreneur, an impactful leader, a consummate host, and great friend. His post-retirement life was filled with boating, art, travel, real estate, an unflagging (if unsuccessful) commitment to lowering his golf handicap, and a remarkable number of friends globally. They, and his family, will forever treasure his unbridled enthusiasm for life, his irrepressible sense of humor, impassioned political debates, and unwavering commitment to family.

June, born June Marion Vail, on March 14, 1937, spent her early life in Utah before moving to Santa Cruz and ultimately to Manhattan Beach---meeting Ewel on the beach in a fateful chance encounter on the beach. After her early work in banking, the Miss California pageant contestant pursued a much-loved career as a flight attendant for TWA, (reluctantly!) cut short by the birth of the first of their two children. June was a wonderful mother, a fierce tennis competitor, a gifted designer and sewer, and served as President of The Jack Kramer Tennis Club. She founded Concepts in Yarn, recently named Top 5 Knit Shops in Los Angeles, which she ran for 33 years. Her creativity, warmth, sense of fun, numerous notable hair styles, and unflappable 'short game' will be remembered by all and missed by all--except possibly competitors on the golf course.

Their loss is deeply felt by their daughter, Linda Finkel (Robert) of Chicago, IL and their son, Alan Grossberg of Bainbridge Island, WA and four adored grandchildren, Matt and Allison Finkel and Miles and Piper Grossberg. June is survived by siblings and their spouses who will miss them both: Richard Vail (Joan) of Salt Lake City, Flora Barrus (Robert, deceased) of Bountiful, UT, Roger-deceased (Manijeh) of Seattle, WA and Ray Vail (Sharee) of Grants Pass, OR. Ewel is survived by two nieces and a nephew, the children of his sister, Louise Levy (Julian).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in their name to https://donatetocancer.uchicago. edu/womensboard.

Family and friends will be gathering for a service at 3pm, March 18 at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA…a fitting location for a couple whose love of art was exceeded only by their passion for their families and beloved Shih Tzu, Bud. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 12, 2017
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