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Phyllis Edith Wittenberg


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Phyllis Edith Wittenberg Obituary
July 9, 1929 - April 7, 2017 "Phinchy," beloved mother, sister, and aunt, died on April 7th, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. The youngest of a large family in Perth Amboy, NJ, she was among the first group of local girls to be Bat Mitzvahed. After marrying Sidney Friedman in 1950 and having her only child, Karen, she followed her older siblings to L.A. and never looked back. Widowed at 29, she passed up four proposals before marrying Ted Wittenberg in 1962 and eventually getting the job she treasured as the office manager for a thriving psychological practice. Phinchy loved to travel, whether taking road trips in their camper van to several national parks, being pampered on a cruise, or travelling with her daughter who moved to Houston. Widowed again, she kept busy hot air ballooning, frolicking in Big Bear snow, playing Mahjongg (brilliantly), and her favorite pastime, eating out. She loved the arts, with season tickets to several iconic L.A. venues. Interested in politics she was a passionate defender of human rights. In 1995 her daughter moved back to L.A. and lived with her. In her later years Phinchy was looked after and loved by caregivers, Loraine and Diane. She was an exemplary mother, filled with hugs, kisses, love, kindness, laughter and compassion. Now, finally, she can rest in peace.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 14, 2017
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