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Mary Jane Zukin


1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Mary Jane Zukin Obituary
April 27, 1921 - April 10, 2016 On Sunday, April 10th, 2016, Mary Jane Zukin; age 94; quietly passed. She was at peace. She had said her last goodbyes to her children Barbara, Jim and Dimitri who had gathered at her bedside. Spouses Michael and Helen supported all. Her grandchildren Tammy, Joshua, Sarah, Michael, Emily, Julia, Sam, Sean and Stefan deeply loved their Grandma Z, as did her great-grandchildren Taliah, Max, Zack, Cyrus and Raoul, and Dick and Jean, her husband Paul's brother and sister-in-law. Mary Jane (Goldbloom) was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on April 27, 1921. As a teenager she moved with her family to Beverly Hills, California, where she graduated from Beverly Hills High School and then from UCLA with a bachelor degree in Dietetics. Mary Jane met her husband, Paul Zukin, at UCLA. Paul and Mary Jane were happily married for 59 years until Paul's passing in 2002. After college graduation, Mary Jane worked at Bethlehem Steel to support the war effort during WWII. Mary Jane was devoted to her family and to her artistic pursuits in photography, painting, and jewelry making. She was an accomplished seamstress. She founded and was the first president of the Eilat chapter of Beverly Hills Hadassah where in 1972 she co-authored their best-selling fund-raising cookbook, From Noodles to Strudels. The cookbook is still available on Amazon to this day. Mary Jane traveled with her husband Paul to several nations-including Greece, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Ghana- where she assisted him in the nutritional aspects of his work as a health planner. At the tender age of 50, Mary Jane continued her education, receiving an MS in Home Economics and Food Science from the California State University at Northridge. Her thesis work was done with the faculty of the University of New Delhi, India. Her experience included teaching Home Economics at the junior high and high school levels in Los Angeles and serving as a nutritional consultant for the Los Angeles County Health Department. After relocating to the Bay Area she worked as a nutritionist for senior citizen programs and the Oakland-Berkeley Headstart, and as a hospital dietician. She also co-authored ORT Cooks Around the World, her second fund-raising cookbook with recipes from over 50 countries where ORT supports rehabilitation and vocational and technical schools and programs. In her later years Mary Jane was very active in Kol Hadash, which celebrates and supports Humanistic Judaism. Contributions in her memory can be sent to Kol Hadash, PO Box 2777, Berkeley, CA 94702. Riveting was her special smile, the smile that welcomed and enchanted family and friends who gathered last Wednesday to celebrate her life and love. She will be profoundly missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 4 to May 5, 2016
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