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October 9, 1919 - September 5, 2015 Harriet Kahn Feldmar died peacefully on September 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California she was 95 years old. Harriet was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Benjamin and Ethel Kahn October 9, 1919. Harriet and her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was three years old. She attended Hollywood High School and graduated in the Winter of 1937. She enrolled in The Metropolitan Business School to study secretarial work. She was in school for one year, and was offered a job in a law office. When the office closed Harriet went to work for another law firm, but it was 1942 and the war gave women other options for work. She heard she could make more money working for Lockheed. She enjoyed working for Lockheed in the tool making department until she got married in 1945. It was in Highland Springs, she was on vacation with her then fiancé when she met Barney Feldmar. Her fiancé needed a place to stay and she found out Barney had an extra bed. After much persuasion Barney agreed. Harriet found she was attracted to Barney and gave him her phone number. Three months later they were married, on Harriet's birthday. Barney was working in downtown Los Angeles repairing watches and stopwatches with his father Jacob Feldmar. Harriet told Barney he needed to buy the business from his father because they could no longer make ends meet on his salary. They opened a new version of Feldmar Watch Co. on Pico Blvd. in 1956. No longer just for watch repairing they began selling watches and stopwatches and the rest, as they say is history. Harriet was a natural in business. She would sell watches right off her wrist, and with her accounting training she managed the books until they could afford to hire a bookkeeper. The employees knew she meant business, yet if they needed anything she was right there with an open hand. She won people over with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. People would simply come to hang out in the store and get a little schnapps. Harriet would say she and Barney made a good team, what one lacked the other made up for. She also said Barney let her work as hard as she wanted to. She and Barney were also Founding Fathers of Temple Akiba in Culver City. They were very involved in the life of the Temple, where they made many close friends. It was hard for Harriet to retire from Feldmar, even though Sol Meller who was married to her daughter Nancy, was managing the store. By this time, Feldmar Watch Co. had gone through many changes, and the only thing that got her to retire was learning to play golf and her grandchildren. Harriet was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but it did not stopher from golf or exercising. She stayed active for as long as she could. She loved going to the Hollywood Bowl with friends, attending classical music concerts, and playing cards, especially bridge. Harriet is survived by her daughters Linda Jones, Nancy Meller and her husband Mike Leitle, and grandchildren Tracy Kleinberg her husband Ethan, Scott Meller and his wife Elena, and Jody Bakhtair and her husband Kourosh, her sister-in-laws Rose Keane, and Janet Rose and her husband Charlie. The greatest joy in the last few years has been spending time with her seven great-grandchildren, Lili, Noa, Jordan, Ayton, Logan, Preston, and Collette. A memorial service will take place at Hillside Memorial Park,on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers Harriet would like a donation made to the Parkinson's Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2015
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