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Doris Lucille Weber

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Doris Lucille Weber Obituary
April 8, 1917 - January 2, 2017 The magnificent life of Doris Lucille Weber (née Marts) ended on January 2, 2016, at age 99, due to a massive stroke suffered at the close of last year. Born in Rochester, New York, on April 8, 1917, Doris was the first child of Joseph B. Marts (1890-1966) and Loretta C. Marts (1894-1980), and helped raise three brothers -- Joseph (1918-2010), Kenneth (1923-2015), and Don (1926-2012). Doris completed office administration training in Rochester, where she subsequently worked as a secretary at Kodak and General Railway Signal. She also worked briefly as a legal secretary in New York City. In 1943, Doris moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked in the Retail Clerks Union's legal department. In 1950, Doris married Los Angeles attorney Daniel Aaron Weber (1910-2001). They had one child, a son (David Emanuel Weber, residing in Wilmington, NC, with Marie Eason, his life partner). Doris and Dan shared a strong and loving fifty-one-year marriage. Doris studied for and completed formal conversion to Judaism and with Dan maintained a Reform Jewish home throughout their marriage. Doris's commitment to service also included years of active participation in Temple Emanuel (Beverly Hills) Hadassah; the Lawyers' Wives of Beverly Hills; the Harvard School Mothers Club; the Executive Committee of the California Bar Association; and the Los Angeles City Schools, as an aide in Southeast L.A. elementary school classrooms. Doris was an optimist, a spirited conversationalist and empathic listener, with strong opinions about fashion and lifestyle (she stood for good taste, gentility, and classic with a hint of flair). She loved shopping, delighted in the off-color joke. Her enduring pleasures included chocolate, champagne, the song "Danny Boy," the Yom Kippur Kol Nidre chant, the singing of Alfred Apaka -- and cooking, which Doris pursued as a serious hobby well into her 80s. At 99, Doris stayed current via MSNBC and Charlie Rose. Even after losing her sight at 90, she consumed countless audio books from the Braille Institute. Doris jumped at opportunities to dance; play bridge; watch Olympics gymnastics and figure-skating on TV; and, during their teenage years, treat her nieces to luncheons and brief road trips that, in the words of screen character Auntie Mame, "will open doors that you never knew existed." Doris used street smarts to analyze delicate or challenging relationships, and deal effectively with difficult people. She would champion your dreams even when others did not. Doris could build up the resolve of those who felt sad, fearful, or uncertain of their ability to endure. She cultivated upbeat perseverance in herself and others. Almost all of Doris's closest relatives and friends preceded her in death: parents, brothers, husband; sisters-in-law Millie, Marion and Margee; dear friend and cousin, Anne Luescher; cousins Jean Chappelle, Mary Broxholm, and Bob Luescher; her beloved girlfriends Cathy Eiseman, Joyce Mendell, Eleanor Gibbel, and Shirley Brody; and so many others who, had Doris gone first, would join us in remembering her so lovingly. We who will sustain her memory include, in addition to David and Marie: beloved nieces and "the daughters she never had," Leslie Cusworth and Wende West Wagner, and their husbands, Peter and Michael; niece Cindi Little, her husband John, and son Jarod; nieces Brandy Marts, and Diana Watson; cousin Scott Gibala-Broxholm and his wife, Janice; husband Dan's relatives Martin and Sheila Weber, and Carol and Murray Goldstein; Doris's dear friends Tom Brody and Teri Evans, and David and June Joy; and her special friends and admirers David and Clair Fung, Debbie and Frank Cardamone, Carole and James Tallant, and Frank Trimble. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, Los Angeles, California, at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2016. To honor Doris's life in a formal way, please consider making a contribution in her name to Scripps Memorial Hospital of San Diego, California; your local Braille Institute chapter; or preferred hospice organization.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 4, 2017
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