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Sandra Enid Meltzer Allenberg


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sandra Enid Meltzer Allenberg Obituary
August 15, 1933 - January 27, 2017 Sandra "Sandy" Enid Meltzer Allenberg passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, January 27th, 2017, surrounded by family. Sandy was born in Boston, MA where she was raised by her mother and beloved bubbe. At 14, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and shortly afterwards, lost her mother Mary. Sandy was a fiercely intelligent woman, and after graduating from Beverly Hills High School she matriculated to UCSB and then quickly transferred to UCB. Her education was interrupted by a seminal moment, the night she was introduced to the love of her life, Samuel "Sam" Allenberg. They met in September of 1953 at the family home of her life-long best friend Alice Drucker and were married on October 18, 1953. Theirs was a love that grew and thrived; they stayed married and madly in love for 62 years, until Sam's death in May 2015. Sam and Sandy enjoyed the first 5 years of marriage with lots of fun and frivolity; their lives were enriched with the birth of son John in 1958 and daughter Mary in 1961. Sandy returned to her studies as her children progressed in school, earning her BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1970 and her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1972. She received her license in 1974 and had a thriving practice for many years. The 70's and 80's were filled with happiness for Sandy and Sam, marred only by the death of her beloved brother Joe in 1982. Sam and Sandy shared the love of travel and food, and visited Europe, China, South America, Mexico and Tahiti and many other destinations. In 1988, Sam and Sandy purchased a second home in Snowmass, CO and over the next decade enjoyed an incredible number of family reunions in both the summer and winter. Her favorite thing to say in Snowmass was that she was "out enjoying the mountain air." In 1992, her son John and wife Ellen gave birth to Ozzie and in 1995 Mary and her husband Tim gave birth to Jack. Sandy LOVED LOVED LOVED her grandchildren! Sandra was a vivacious, fun, smart, passionate and interesting woman; she was always the life of the party. Her absence will be deeply felt by her family and friends. At the conclusion of every family meal or gathering, she always said "I LOVE MY FAMILY!" Sandy is survived by her loving children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She will remain in our hearts and will forever be missed. Services will be held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills on Tuesday, January 31st at 11:30 am. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2017
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