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Lottie Lach

1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Lottie Lach Obituary
June 9, 1924 - August 24, 2017 Lottie Lach passed away in Palm Desert, California, on August 24, 2017, at age 93. A beloved elementary school and English as a Second Language teacher in the L.A. City School District for 29 years, Lottie was born in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of immigrant Polish Jewish parents. She spoke Yiddish before English. A voracious reader and polished writer, she edited her high school class book and won the Teachers' Medal for her proficiency in Spanish. Wanting to become a Hollywood screenwriter, Lottie bought a bus ticket to Los Angeles, and with only $50 in her pocket, took her first trip outside New York. Instead of writing movies, Lottie found her calling as an elementary school teacher. She taught bilingual second-graders for 29 years, with her last assignment at Selma Elementary School in Hollywood. In 1950, Lottie married Chester Lach, a psychiatric social worker, who became the director of Hathaway Home for Children, a children's village for emotionally disturbed youngsters in Pacoima. They remained married for 36 years until Chester's death in 1986. Lottie went back to college in her 50s to get a Master's degree in Educational Psychology, Counseling and Guidance from CSU Northridge. She did field work at Jewish Home for the Aged and Hope Community Mental Health Center. Lottie moved to Palm Springs, and then Palm Desert, where she lived for the last 30 years. She volunteered there and held office with AARP and the Desert Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee. Lottie is survived by her son and daughter, Eric Lach and JoAnn Lach, and her grandson, Daniel Smith. Graveside services will take place Monday, August 28, 11 am, at Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, CA. The family requests that any donations in memory to the Brandeis National Committee Scholarship Fund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2017
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