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Gabriel Nathan Kreiswirth

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Gabriel Nathan Kreiswirth

November 25, 1935 – September 6, 2014

Upon learning of Gabe's passing, an old friend e-mailed this which sums him up perfectly.

"My friend Gabe, the teacher, journalist, artist, musician and father".

Gabe was born on Long Island, New York to Ann and David Kreiswirth. The family relocated to Pasadena where Gabe attended high school before going to UCLA where he earned a BA in English. He later earned an MFA in Art at California State University Long Beach. Before he began his teaching career, he was in the US Army reserve, was a police reporter for the Mirror News, the then afternoon paper of the L.A. Times, and a reporter for the Culver City Star News.

In 1963 he began his long career at West High School, first as an English teacher, then for most of his 43 years as an Art teacher. He also taught Life Drawing at El Camino College and taught privately after his retirement from West. His paintings hang in many private collections and, as a side note, Elton John, upon seeing one of Gabe's paintings in a gallery, bought it for his birthday present to himself. Another passion of Gabe's was jazz – listening and playing (baritone sax as a young man, and standup bass later).

But those all paled in comparison to Gabe's love of family – his wife, Deborah Mishler; his children with Sandra Kreiswirth, Britt, Seth and Ethan (wife, Susie) and his fabulous grandchildren, Hannah Pearl (Seth) and Liv Nathalia and Noah Leo (Ethan and Susie).

When you talk about a hands on dad and grandpa, you're talking about Gabe. He was an inspirational teacher, a wonderful storyteller, a swinging musician, a stellar artist and an unforgettable friend. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 12, 2014
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