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Gabrielle Michel Gartner


1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Gabrielle Michel Gartner Obituary
September 22, 1904 - February 2, 2018 Gabrielle Michel Gartner, known to her family as "Gogo" and to her friends as "Gaby," died on February 2, 2018 at the age of 95. Born in Breslau, Germany, in 1922, Gaby - together with her mother, father and brother - fled Nazi persecution in 1932, moving from Berlin to Prague, and ultimately to Los Angeles, where she met her future husband Bob Gartner. Gaby and Bob were a handsome couple; they loved to dance and always cut an impressive figure on the dance floor. Bob ran a chain of retail fabric stores, and Gaby raised their two children, helping out by keeping the business organized. In her spare time, Gaby was an avid painter and leaves behind quite a collection of canvasses signed "Gabrielle." She and Bob traveled the world together, and she loved planning their many trips. Bob and Gaby retired to Rancho Mirage in 1994, where they enjoyed golf and a great social life. Upon Bob's death in 2004, Gaby volunteered her time at the Tolerance Education Center, where she often gave talks to school children about her experience surviving the Holocaust. The story of her journey from Nazi Germany to the United States was memorialized on video for Stephen Spielberg's Shoah Foundation. Gaby leaves behind her greatest joys: her son and daughter-in-law, Ron Gartner and Fran Heller; her daughter and son-in-law, Victoria and Dennis Robman; grandchildren Natalie Friedman, Tony and Goldie Friedman, and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Aidan Friedman. She was a unique and beautiful woman, who lived her life her way and wanted the world to be a more beautiful place. Donations in her name should be made to the Tolerance Education Center (www.toleranceducationcenter.org), 35147 Landy Lane, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2018
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