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Andrew Spiegl Obituary
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.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 17, 2017
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