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September 20, 1921 - July 20, 2017 Betty Wuliger, a former financial analyst from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of the investment guide "Dollars and Sense: Protecting Your Money and Making It Grow," has died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95 years old. Betty was born on September 20, 1921 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan, one of four daughters and a son born to Jacob and Lillian Stiglitz. The family was hard hit by the 1929 stock market crash, and Betty worked in real estate to supplement the family income. She recalled in her later years how she managed apartment units and collected rents while she was still in her teens. She also was athletic, and won a city tennis championship. She graduated from Detroit's Central High School in 1938 at the age of 16. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with honors in 1942 at age 20, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. At Illinois, she was also head of the Women's League, and in that capacity once spent a day escorting Eleanor Roosevelt around the campus during a visit by the First Lady. She married Frank Wuliger of Cleveland, Ohio in 1943, and after her graduation she taught high school mathematics in the Champaign area, although she was only a few years older than some of her students. Her husband served in what was then the U.S. Army Air Force, and was stationed at Chanute Field in nearby Rantoul, Illinois. Their daughter, Betsy Wuliger, was born in Champaign on Betty's 24th birthday in 1945. Their son, also named Frank, was born in 1949. Following World War II, Betty and her husband moved to Cleveland, where he worked at the Ohio Mattress Company, his family's business. Betty continued her interest in business while raising a family in Cleveland, and became a stock broker with Merrill Lynch. She was also a member of the Cleveland Society of Financial Analysts. She was listed in the Who's Who as the first female stock analyst. Her interest in the financial world led her to write "Dollars and Sense," published by Random House in 1976. It went through four printings. Subsequently, she gave investment seminars around the country, with a special emphasis on financial management for women. She said that women "have been brainwashed into thinking that money is a man's job," and offered advice on how they could succeed at investing. Betty was an avid golf player, winning the women's championship at Cleveland's Oakwood Country Club, and was runner-up in the Cleveland city-wide women's golf championship in the late 1950s. She was also a club champion at Tamarisk Country Club in Palm Springs, California, where she and her husband, also a club champion, moved when they retired in 1971. She served for one year as the chair of the Women's Division of the Palm Springs United Jewish Appeal. She and her husband also had a home in Los Angeles, where they were members of Hillcrest Country Club. She was an enthusiastic bridge player, and frequently partnered with her daughter Betsy; together they once won a regional bridge tournament in California. She continued to play bridge into her 90s, both in weekly games with friends and almost daily on the Internet. Following her husband's death from prostate cancer in 2001, she became the significant other of Elliot Handler after his own wife's death. Handler died in 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Betsy, of Santa Barbara, California; and her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Cynthia, of Los Angeles. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Mary and Matthew Wuliger; two nephews, Steven Stiglitz and Roger Strull, and a sister-in-law, Jane Stiglitz. During the later years of her life, she developed close relationships with other family members, including nephews Jeff, Greg and Tim Wuliger and Douglas Unger, and nieces Diane Cooper and Debbie Bloomberg. She also had a loving relationship with four grandnieces: Jennifer Cooper, Elissa Wuliger, Allison Bloomberg Fleck and Allison Strull; and three grandnephews: Jason and Michael Wuliger, and David Cooper. Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, 531 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 21 to July 23, 2017
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