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Earl Greinetz


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Earl Greinetz Obituary
June 18, 1930 - September 6, 2016 Earl Greinetz passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness. Earl was born and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended University of Denver earning a law degree and began his career practicing law. He married his junior high school sweetheart Toba Laff in 1951 and they had 3 children, Marcee, Lynne and Alan. Toba and Earl moved their family to Van Nuys in 1968 where Earl immediately began to establish his presence in the Los Angeles Jewish community, as he had done in Denver. His career spanned a variety of businesses including medical films, manufacturing custom furniture and culminated in property management until his retirement from business in 2002. Earl was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and also embraced his and Toba's entire extended family. Earl lovingly cared for his wife throughout her long illness with Alzheimer's until her death in January 2011. Shortly after Toba's death, Earl established the Toba Fund at Alzheimer's | Greater Los Angeles to ensure no cost care counseling to families facing a future with Alzheimer's. A wide variety of community organizations benefited from the countless hours and energy Earl dedicated to supporting them. He was a consummate leader and fierce advocate for getting the community involved. Earl led by example giving generously of his time, talent, and resources. Over the past several years he served on the Boards of numerous organizations including Los Angeles Jewish Home, Providence Tarzana Medical Center Foundation, Alzheimer's|Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, Builders of Jewish Education, American Jewish University, Hillel 818 and de Toledo High School. Earl is survived by his children Marcee (Mitch) Weiss, Lynne (Robert) Zuckerman, Alan (Susie) Greinetz, in addition to grandchildren Matthew (Christina) Weiss, Eric (Shannon) Weiss, Blake (Laurie) Heller, Allison (Ariel) Stiller, Jessica Zuckerman, Melissa Zuckerman, Rebecca Zuckerman, Rachel Greinetz, Sam Greinetz, Andrew Greinetz, and great-grandchildren, Ellie & Mason Weiss and Tinsley Weiss. Services to be held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016; reception will follow at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino, at 3:30 p.m. Donations may be made to Los Angeles Jewish Home (www.jha.org), Providence Tarzana Medical Center Foundation (818-757-4384), the Toba Fund (www.alzgla.org/donate/#Greinetz), or any of Earl's other organizations.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2016
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