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Charles "Chuck" Finkelstein

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September 20, 1923 - May 22, 2015 Charles "Chuck" Finkelstein died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, on May 22, 2015. He was 91. Charles was born on September 20, 1923, in Los Feliz, California. He and his identical twin brother, Alvin, were born to their parents, Sarah and Neil Finkelstein, late in life after their two older sons, Lester and Ruben, were grown. Charles graduated from Marshall High School in 1941. He briefly attended USC before entering into the Air Corps in February 1943. He served from 1943 - 1946, with honorable discharge. Charles lost his twin, Alvin, to Hodgkin's disease in 1943 at the age of 19. Charles met the love of his life, Jeanie, on a blind date. They eloped in 1951 and were married at the Gretna Green Chapel in Yuma, Arizona. Growing up, Charles worked for his family's scrap metal business. After leaving the Air Corps, he worked briefly in real estate and then as a salesman for Reliable Glassware. He joined the family business South West Steel and Finkelstein Supply, where he worked for 22 years. After the company was sold, Charles started his own scrap metal business, Charles Finkelstein & Associates. He was very successful and worked well into his eighties. Charles is survived by his wife, Swan (Jean) Finkelstein, of Studio City, California; his daughter and son-in-law Joan and Douglas Friedman of Ventura, California, and their sons Tristan, Jackson, and Carter Friedman; and his daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Brandon Cruz of Burbank, California, and their children Lincoln and Ruby Cruz. His parents, Neil and Sarah, and his brothers, Lester, Ruben and Alvin Finkestein, preceded Charles in death. Charles was a member of The Sons of Italy, Native Sons of The Golden West, American Legion and The St. Joseph's Society. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038, (323) 469-6349, with reception to follow. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2015
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