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Louise Gelber


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Louise Gelber Obituary
October 24, 1921 - March 20, 2017 Louise was born in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of 4 children. Her father loved California, so after making money in Detroit, he would load the whole family in the car and drive to California. When he ran out of money, he would drive the family back to Detroit. By the time she graduated from high school, Louise attended 13 different schools. Many people would have become introverted, but Louise joined clubs and made friends as quickly as she could. She especially loved the debate club and was editor of the school newspaper. She knew at an early age that she wanted to become an attorney, so she pursued that dream and became one of the first women to graduate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She practiced law with her husband, Milton, until he was appointed a Municipal Court Judge in El Monte. Although she retired from active practice, she was still involved with the law and volunteered her time as a Judge Pro-tem, an Arbitration Officer, and a Settlement Officer in the local courts. Louise lovingly raised 3 children, Jack, Bruce and Julie, and was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She was introduced to Christian Science when she was 16 years old and became a dedicated member of the Church the rest of her life. Among her other accomplishments, she ran for public office three times and was appointed to two California Commissions. She spoke often for various local organizations. Louise and Milton loved to travel and visited many countries throughout the world. After Milton passed on in 1985, Louise renewed her love of dancing. Through her dancing, she met Steve Fetchet. In 1996, Louise and Steve married, and she added 3 wonderful stepsons and their families to her family. She and Steve were inseparable for the 10 years that they were married until Steve passed on in 2006, and they went dancing every day. Louise leaves a legacy of love and joy. She will be missed every day by her children and grandchildren and by the many friends and colleagues that she has made throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the or the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. Friends of Louise Gelber are welcome to the services on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the main chapel. Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2017
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