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Joseph EDBERG


1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
icon May 13, 1923 - August 14, 2014 Joe Edberg was a devoted father and grandfather, mechanical engineer, and volunteer. He had an amazing life. Born in Chicago, his family moved to Alhambra while he was a young boy. During the height of the Depression, his father moved the family to the Jewish Soviet Socialist Republic in eastern Siberia. His stories of life there and the family's subsequent move to Sevastopol fascinated his own family, friends, and audiences interested in the history of that Soviet republic. After buying the family's way out of the Soviet Union, the family settled in Paris where his parents had met 20 years earlier. Joe and his brothers left France ahead of the Nazi invasion (and their parents eventually escaped via Portugal) and finished high school in Los Angeles. After graduation, he served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines. After his honorable discharge, Joe met and married his beloved Sophie. He was a devoted father to their sons Stephen & Donald. He actively encouraged their interests in Boy Scouts, science, and in flying, going to ground school and eventually soloing himself in a sail plane. Joe used the G.I. Bill and attended UCLA and UC Berkeley, graduating as a mechanical engineer. His career in engineering spanned rocketry with Aerojet to landfill methane pumping and use by the L.A. County Sanitation District. Over his career he worked for large corporations and had his own business partnership. Upon retirement, he and Sophie moved to Newport Beach. There he was an active volunteer. He tutored middle school students in mathematics, delivered for Meals on Wheels, taught French at the local senior center, and assisted Sophie with her volunteer activities producing and mailing the League of Women Voters newsletters. Joe was frustrated by the inequity and the unfairness in the world. He sought to make things better. Just two weeks before his passing, he sent a letter to Governor Brown suggesting a solution to California's drought. Joe is survived by his two sons, their wives, and six grandchildren. He led a good and exciting life. He will be missed by his close and his extended family, his friends, and his French students. A marker unveiling service is scheduled for Friday, June 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 17 to June 18, 2015
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