June 2, 1929 - January 26, 2013
Florabel Kinsler Ph.D., of Los Angeles, California passed on January 26, 2013 at age 83. She was born Florabel Pincus in Bronx, New York in 1929. She is survived by her son Warren Kinsler (Kay) and daughter Sandra Kinsler (Brian Leshon) and grandsons Michael and Matthew Kinsler, and her beloved caregiver Luceli Cal. Flo lived a life full of love, accomplishment and adventure. She will be deeply missed and often remembered by the many cousins, colleagues, clients, and friends whose lives she touched. Dr. Kinsler was a social worker/psychologist who was a pioneer in the treatment of holocaust survivors in the U.S. She went on to treat child survivors (people who were young at the time of the holocaust), children of survivors, and the 3rd generation of survivors, where the effects of trauma have been passed from generation to generation. The impact of her treatment of massive psychic trauma has become part of the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she and her colleagues adapted their knowledge to survivors of catastrophes, torture, other wars, and imprisonment. She shared her work worldwide at conferences and through papers, and she helped train generations of new therapists. Florabel Kinsler listened to stories of horror unimaginable to most of us, providing relief, support, and solace to the tellers. She provided comfort and a way for people to go on with their lives. Through her work with Jewish Family Service, she helped initiate two existing groups for survivors: the Los Angeles Child Survivor Association which became a model internationally and the social enrichment group for older survivors known as Cafe Europa. She continued to work until June 2012
Her funeral will take place at Mount Sinai Mortuary, Los Angeles, at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 3. She will be buried next to her husband Martin Kinsler. Donations in lieu of flowers to "The 1939 Club" for "The Committee To Help Holocaust Survivors In Urgent Need" at 8950 West Olympic Boulevard, #437, Beverly Hills, California 90211.
Published in Los Angeles Times on Feb. 1, 2013.